Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Game #20 - vs Vancouver Canucks

Game 20
Canucks (10-4-3, 23 points) at Penguins (9-8-2, 17 points)

Why does it matter?
The Canucks are a tough foe from the Western Conference. It's a game where the Pens can let it all hang out without fear of giving points to an opponent in their division or conference.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Just coming off of improved play, but a miserable loss on Monday to the Rangers.
  • Canucks - The fellows from Vancouver are wrapping up a five game road trip against the Eastern Conference.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens slow down the Canucks high-powered offense? If the Canucks score 3 or more, their record is 9-1-1. If they score less than three, they are 1-3-2.
  • Can the Pens slow down the Canucks power play? They have SEVEN multi-goal games on the PP so far this year. That's an amazing number.
  • Do the Canucks have an Achilles Heel? This might be the best team the Pens have played so far.
Keys to the game
  • Keep them under three goals.
  • Get traffic around Luongo. He's used to seeing a fair number of shots. The Pens have been doing a good job of getting bodies in front lately. That will have to continue.
  • Score first. You don't want to get behind to this team and have to start pressing.
  • Stay out of the box! The Canucks are over 30% on the power play over their last 10 games.

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