Saturday, January 08, 2011

Game #43 - vs Minnesota Wild

Game 43
Wild (20-15-5, 45 points) at Penguins (26-12-4, 56 points)

Why does it matter?
This will be a difficult game for the Pens. They need to find some offense without Sid in the lineup, but the Wild have been playing extremely well on the road lately. Having Jose Theodore in net against them doesn't help either - he usually tortures the Pens.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Not enough offense and a few breakdowns cost them the game against the Habs.
  • Wild - Three straight wins, including a nice victory over the Bruins in Boston on Thursday.
Questions to be answered
  • Will Dupuis rise to the occasion facing his former team? He had four points in two games last year, and the Pens need the help.
  • Can Geno put this team on his back like he did a few seasons ago when Sid was out?
  • Can Fleury pitch the shutout tonight? If there was ever a time for one, it's now.
Keys to the game
  • Score three goals. The Wild have won just three games when they allow three or more.
  • Score first - it will keep them from sitting back.
  • Watch out for Brent Burns. He has 12 goals on the season from the blue line. He's not the physical force the Byfuglien is, but he's just as big (6'5").

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