Friday, November 12, 2010

Game #17 - vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 17
Lightning (8-5-2, 18 points) at Penguins (7-8-1, 15 points)

Why does it matter?
The Lightning are depleted, without Vinny and Downie. The Pens need to take advantage and earn two points.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The Pens have lost six of their past eight games, with the capper being the third period implosion against Boston.
  • Lightning - The Lightning have lost four of their past five games, with the capper being the third period implosion last night against Washington. This sounds familiar...
Questions to be answered
  • Will Geno play? Bylsma wasn't tipping his hand yesterday.
  • Can someone please keep a eye on Martin St Louis? He seems to love to take that gray-area turnover and burn the Pens with it. If you're playing defense, be decisive. Don't get caught flat-footed or you're going to look bad against him.
  • Who will be in goal, and does it really matter to the outcome with the way the defensive play has been lately?
Keys to the game
  • With Downie out of the game, the Lightning won't have much fight / nastiness in the lineup. Look for Godard to sit.
  • On the PK, Stamkos is your primary threat. Only two other Lightning that will be on the ice tonight have a PP goal (Brett Clark and Dominic Moore).
  • Play 60 minutes. This is the biggest failing of this team so far this year.

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