Saturday, January 01, 2011

Game #40 - The Winter Classic

Game 40 - The Winter Classic
Capitals (22-12-5, 49 points) at Penguins (25-11-3, 53 points)

Why does it matter?
You won't get a better hockey spectacle than this game. Everything about the event will be special and something to savor.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - The Pens have been plagued by a bit of inconsistency lately, with the power play, the PK and the final scores all over the map.
  • Capitals - The Caps not only have ended their losing streak, they have points in 5 straight games (4-0-1) and are playing well.
Questions to be answered
  • Will the teams be too juiced up to start the game?
  • Did someone outfit Geno with the rear view and side view mirrors so he can see Ovechkin coming this time?
  • How will Staal's return impact the second line? Will HCDB put Staal right back up there, or will he work Jordan into a more familiar role on the third line until he gets his legs back?
Keys to the game
  • Watch Ovechkin, especially early. He's sure to try to run someone in the name of "excitement".
  • Win at even-strength. The Caps and Pens have both been inconsistent at best on the power play lately.
  • Roll four lines and stay out of the box. Given the importance of even-strength play, you want to let the guys get into the flow of the game (especially with Staal returning).

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