Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Game #10 - at Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 10
Penguins (5-3-1, 11 points) at Lightning (5-2-1, 11 points)

Why does it matter?
This game is a measuring stick for the Pens. The Lightning are one of the top teams in the East so far this year.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Four wins in a row, but five straight allowing a power play goal against.
  • Lightning - They've lost two of their last three after losing at home on Sunday.
Questions to be answered
  • Will we see Fleury?
  • Can the Pens keep Stamkos off of the scoreboard? Tampa has won every game when he scores and lost every game that he hasn't.
  • Will we see Mike Smith in net for the Bolts? He's undefeated this year.
Keys to the game
  • Limit the offense of the Bolts. They're not winning because of their defense and goaltending - they're winning because they're scoring a bunch of goals.
  • Keep them off of the power play. They have had four games with multiple goals on the PP, and they're 4-0 in those games. They were shut out in the other four games on the PP - their record there? 1-2-1.
  • Pick your spots to attack - some of the guys on the Lightning have been pretty bad at even-strength (Hall -5, Malone -7, Gagne -8).

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