Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Game #1 - vs Philadelphia Flyers

Game 1
Flyers (0-0-0) at Penguins (0-0-0)

Why does it matter?
It isn't just the first game at the Consol Energy Center, it's the first chance to see how Ray Shero's off-season plan worked out. Oh yeah, and some team named the "Flyers" are in town fresh off of their appearance in the Cup Finals last season.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The roster is set pretty much how we thought it might be... except for the weird stuff with three goalies and Tangradi in Wheeling.
  • Flyers - The less I read about the Flyers, the better. At least they didn't sign Bill Guerin - it would suck to have to hate him after he won the Cup here in Pittsburgh.
Questions to be answered
  • How will the power play look without Sarge?
  • Can Fleury improve his consistency?
  • Can the Pens exploit Brian Boucher, the likely starter for the Flyers?
Keys to the game
  • Stay out of the box. The Flyers can take advantage on the power play.
  • Along the same lines: initiate, don't retaliate. Don't get carried away by the first game in the new building.
  • Keep the energy consistent. Don't waste it all in the first 10 minutes and have nothing left for the rest of the game. The worst case scenario is for the Flyers to withstand the storm and counterstrike with an early goal.

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