Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Game #33 - vs New York Rangers

Game 33
Rangers (18-13-1, 37 points) at Penguins (21-9-2, 44 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens are fortunate to have a chance to rebound quickly after their winning streak was snapped last night in Philadelphia.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - 15-2-1 in their past 18 games. Even with the loss last night, those numbers look pretty good, don't they?
  • Rangers - The Blueshirts have been all over the map lately in terms of consistency. Their most recent result, however, was impressive - a 7-0 pasting of the Caps.
Questions to be answered
  • Will we see Brent Johnson? Fleury played really well last night, and the Pens don't play again until Monday... but my money is on Johnson.
  • How will the Rangers respond to the return of Chris Drury? He has only played in one period so far this season.
  • Will the tenacity and urgency be there now that the streak is over?
Keys to the game
  • The power play will be key. The Rangers PK is all kinds of inconsistent. Catch them on a bad night and it is party time.
  • Ignore Sean Avery - only go after him if he does something stupid (which should be about once per period).
  • Get back to your game - focus on offensive zone time and getting the puck deep. That, more than anything, will be key to earning two points again.

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