Thursday, October 21, 2010

Game #8 - at Nashville Predators

Game 8
Penguins (4-3-0, 8 points) at Predators (3-0-2, 8 points)

Why does it matter?
This game is supposed to feature the return of Marc-Andre Fleury. His level of play will determine how far this team can go, maybe more than anyone else.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Three straight wins and a red hot power play.
  • Predators - The Preds have been playing close games so far, winning two and losing two in OT.
Questions to be answered
  • Who will start in goal, Fleury or Johnson?
  • Can the offense continue to put the puck in the net? Nashville has allowed at least 34 shots in all of their games except one, so you have to figure the Pens will get their chances.
  • Can the Pens avoid allowing a power play goal?
Keys to the game
  • It's a team game in Nashville - no forward plays more than 19 minutes per game, and none less than 10 (save Wade Belak if he plays). That means keep your shifts short and make good changes, because you know their legs will be fresh.
  • Use speed to draw penalties - the Predators have been weak on the PK so far this year.
  • Keep getting shots on net. The Pens have been doing a good job of that so far, especially on shots from the D.

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