Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Game #13 - at Dallas Stars

Game 13
Penguins (6-5-1, 13 points) at Stars (6-4-0, 12 points)

Why does it matter?
Dallas is a good test for the Pens. The Stars have played well for much of the season so far.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Johnson stopped a three game losing streak with a shutout win on the road last Saturday.
  • Stars - The Stars did exactly the same thing with the backup goalie (Raycroft) pitching a shutout to stop a three game losing streak on Saturday.
Questions to be answered
  • The Stars have allowed lots of shots several times this season so far. Can the Pens dictate the pace of the game and take advantage?
  • How long will the hot streak run for Brent Johnson?
  • Who will sit on the blue line with the return of Michalek? If you think the game will be fast, I guess you sit Engelland.
Keys to the game
  • Consistency is key for the Pens. The Stars are solid across the board. Even their PK, which is ranked horribly, has only played poorly in two games (they've allowed just two PP goals in the last 5 games).
  • Sag in the defensive zone. The Stars only have two goals from the blue line this year, while the forwards have been dangerous.
  • No matter which goalie plays for the Stars, get the puck deep and get traffic in front. Make the Stars play in their own end.

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