Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Game #16 - vs Boston Bruins

Game 16
Bruins (7-3-1, 15 points) at Penguins (7-7-1, 15 points)

Why does it matter?
The Bruins are tough. They have just as many points as the Pens, but in four fewer games. This is a match-up against a top Eastern Conference foe.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A nice end to the road trip amid more questions about Marc-Andre Fleury.
  • Bruins - They've hit their first rough patch of the season with two straight losses.
Questions to be answered
  • How will the Pens prepare for the four solid lines that Claude Julien rolls? No forward other than Krejci plays more than 18 minutes per game (which is amazing), and Krejci won't play against the Pens.
  • Given the struggles on the power play, is there any hope against the Bruins? Boston has allowed three power play goals... all season.
  • How many times will we hear about Marc Savard? I'd put the over / under at 2 mentions. If this were a Versus game, I'd say 17.
Keys to the game
  • Don't get put to sleep by the system. Keep working. The Bruins play that special brand of trap hockey that can be deadly to watch.
  • Defensive awareness is key. With the Bruins rolling the forwards, and the deep distribution of their scoring, the offense can come from anyone at any time. Be ready.
  • Get Geno going early. Get him involved in the offense and shooting the puck.

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