Saturday, October 23, 2010

Game #9 - at St. Louis Blues

Game 9
Penguins (5-3-0, 10 points) at Blues (3-1-2, 8 points)

Why does it matter?
This is a tough road game against a young team that has confidence right now, especially at home. They also have a goalie that will be familiar to the Pens, and not in a good way.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Four wins in a row, but five straight allowing a power play goal against.
  • Blues - A win over Chicago last night snapped a three game losing streak.
Questions to be answered
  • Who will we see between the pipes for both teams? My guess is Fleury and Halak (Ty Conklin is the backup for the Blues, so it should be interesting either way).
  • The Blues have not been good on faceoffs. Can the Pens take advantage?
  • Can the Pens avoid allowing a power play goal? This question is going to stay here until they manage to blank someone.
Keys to the game
  • The Blues haven't been taking many penalties, so take advantage of the chances you get.
  • No matter who the goalie is, get traffic in front.
  • Stay aggressive and don't try to get too cute on offense. Get shots on net with traffic and crash.

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