Thursday, January 06, 2011

Game #42 - at Montreal Canadiens

Game 42
Penguins (26-12-3, 55 points) at Canadiens (21-16-3, 45 points)

Why does it matter?
Montreal has been a tough team for the Pens recently, but several of the Pens love going there to play (like Talbot and Fleury, just to name a few).

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Everything they threw at the net was going in last night.
  • Canadiens - The Habs are 3-8-1 in their past 12 games, but have thrown 48 and 50 shots at the opposition in their previous two (both went to OT, with one win and one loss).
Questions to be answered
  • Can Steigy and Errey please not call out any Habs in the third period this time? In the first meeting this season, they talked about how Gomez had been invisible... he scored the game winner about a minute later.
  • Can the PK rise to the challenge? The Habs have two straight multi-goal games on their power play.
  • Will the Pens have the legs to either lock down the Habs or get into a shootout with them? I think we're looking at an up-tempo game either way. I hope they slept well.
Keys to the game
  • Stay out of the box entirely. The Habs have four goals in just seven chances over the past two games.
  • Stick with Cammalleri around the net. He has been a Penguins killer lately.
  • Watch out for offense from the blue line. Wisniewski has been hot since he was acquired from the Isles (he must feel like he used a Get Out of Jail Free card or something).

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