Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Game #4 - vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 4
Maple Leafs (2-0-0, 4 points) at Penguins (1-2-0, 2 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens need a win at Consol. They don't want to open their new building with three straight losses.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - They finally put together a complete game at New Jersey, but it may have cost them Zybanek Michalek.
  • Maple Leafs - They held on against the Habs and killed the Senators at home last week. Now it's time to see if these kids are for real.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the balanced scoring continue for both clubs (Tim Brent, former Penguins farmhand, is tied for team lead for the Leafs)? You know that Sid and Geno will get going, but can the other guys continue to contribute?
  • Can we please stop talking about a goalie controversy? There isn't on. Fleury let in one soft goal but has been good otherwise.
  • The Leafs haven't allowed a power play goal this year. Can the Pens ruin their perfection?
Keys to the game
  • Win the battle at even strength. All of the goals in the Leafs two games except one have been at even strength.
  • Find a way to get to Giguere, who has played very well so far.
  • Get Sid and Geno going. The Pens need the big guns, and those guys (especially Malkin, coming off of a sub-par year) need the boost of confidence.

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