Monday, November 15, 2010

Game #19 - vs New York Rangers

Game 19
Rangers (9-7-1, 19 points) at Penguins (9-8-1, 17 points)

Why does it matter?
It's a divisional game against a team that has won two in a row and just scored 8 goals at even strength. Plus, the Rangers just got Gaborik back from injury.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Two wins in a row for just the second time this season.
  • Rangers - They've won two without Lundqvist, which is no small feat for this team.
Questions to be answered
  • Will we see the return of King Henrik?
  • Can Fleury keep it going? He seems to have some of the confidence back right now, and he's making some big saves.
  • Can the Pens ignore Sean Avery, who has been up to his old tricks lately?
Keys to the game
  • Stay strong and consistent. The Rangers are tough to play against. They have some size and are pretty gritty, especially once you get past the first line.
  • Dress Godard, especially if Boogaard dresses - the Rangers have several big guys that will drop the gloves and take liberties. They also don't use Boogaard much when he dresses (ala Godard).
  • Don't let Gaborik beat you. Take him away and you have a much better shot at winning. Michalek - make it so.

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