Saturday, December 11, 2010

Game #31 - at Buffalo Sabres

Game 31
Penguins (20-8-2, 42 points) at Sabres (12-13-4, 28 points)

Why does it matter?
Because as hot as the Pens have been, the Flyers are right there with them in the standings. Earning two points against a team that has struggled so far is a must.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - 14-1-1 in their past 16 games. The good news is that it seems the team is never comfortable with their position. As long as they keep working to get better, they'll be fine.
  • Sabres - 4-1-1 in their past six games. They've been much better lately.
Questions to be answered
  • Will the Pens be ready for Ryan Miller? He was out for the 1-0 win before Thanksgiving.
  • Can the Pens clean things up on special teams? Eventually the trend of not scoring on the power play while allowing a goal on the PK every game is going to catch up with them.
  • Will Geno play?
Keys to the game
  • Just keep going. Like Sid said: "As a group, we just want to keep going".
  • Stay physical and disciplined. The Sabres have earned just four power plays in the past three games. You know they'll be looking to change that.
  • Have the legs ready. These are both puck-possession teams.

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