Sunday, October 17, 2010

Game #7 - vs Ottawa Senators

Game 7
Senators (1-3-1, 3 points) at Penguins (3-3-0, 6 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens have quietly won three out of four games. They need to keep that going and earn their first in in regulation at Consol.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A successful weekend that featured wins over the Islanders and Flyers.
  • Senators - Nothing has gone right for the Sens so far this year. They're looking to turn a close game into a win (three of their four losses have been by one goal).
Questions to be answered
  • Will anyone boo Gonchar? I hope not - he's a class act that deserves a nice ovation for his efforts here in Pittsburgh.
  • Can the Pens keep things going on the power play? They got some great traffic in front of Bobrovsky and worked the puck around effectively on Saturday.
  • The PK has been a little leaky so far this year. Can the Pens button it down and shut the opposition out for just the second time this year?
  • If you're Bylsma, do you start Johnson or Fleury?
Keys to the game
  • Keep Spezza and Alfie off of the score sheet.
  • Don't get wrapped up in nonsense with Neil or Ruutu.
  • The Sens roll four lines - Zack Smith has the least average ice time with 8:50 per game. Don't get caught on a long shift (I'm thinking specifically about Geno here).

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