Friday, November 05, 2010

Game #14 - at Anaheim Ducks

Game 14
Penguins (6-6-1, 13 points) at Ducks (5-7-1, 11 points)

Why does it matter?
Fleury is being given the chance to get back on track.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The most disappointing loss of the young season happened Wednesday night in Dallas.
  • Ducks - Jonas Hiller has been rounding into shape, going 2-1 in his last three starts while allowing just 5 goals over those three games..
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens right the ship? The Ducks won't be an easy target. They have struggled so far this season, but they're 3-1-1 at home and, as noted above, Hiller is playing well.
  • Can Fleury take advantage of his chance to get back to starting?
  • Will the team respond with the work ethic needed against a talented team?
Keys to the game
  • Take what they give you. The Ducks have been outshot badly in most games this year. They've been yielding tons of shots overall. Keep it simple and get the puck on net.
  • Stay out of the box. The Ducks haven't drawn many penalties lately, but they're lethal when they do (5-14 over their last four games).
  • Get the power play going. This was a strength of the team earlier this year. Now it looks like their biggest weakness. Change things up and work the puck down low more often.

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