Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Game #38 - vs Atlanta Thrashers

Game 38
Thrashers (19-13-6, 44 points) at Penguins (24-11-2, 50 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens want to right the ship after a loss to the Sens. The Thrashers may be the right team at the right time.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A lack of execution on special teams cost the Pens dearly in Ottawa.
  • Thrashers - The Thrashers are struggling - they've lost five of their past seven games.
Questions to be answered
  • Will the Pens take advantage of Atlanta's poor special teams? Lately, the Thrashers have been allowing goals on the PK. On the other side, they haven't been drawing many penalties. They're also not scoring when they do draw a call.
  • Will we see the backup goalie today, even if it is John Curry? Given that you want Fleury fresh for Saturday and the Winter Classic, I think it's possible.
  • Can Sid keep the point streak going?
Keys to the game
  • Keep it simple. Atlanta will allow shots by the bucketful if pressed. Go north and south and get traffic in front.
  • Keep your head up - Evander Kane is a big hitter.
  • Get the zone time back.

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