Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Game #45 - at Montreal Canadiens

Game 45
Penguins (26-14-4, 56 points) at Canadiens (24-16-3, 51 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens are flailing right now. They need someone to step up and lead the way. The Habs will generally give them the chance to play a better style than we've seen against the Wild and Bruins.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Five losses in their past six games, including a heart breaker against the Bruins.
  • Canadiens - With points in five straight games (4-0-1), the Habs are playing well right now.
Questions to be answered
  • Last time the Pens allowed a comeback against the Bruins, they began their longest streak of good play of the season. Can they start another one?
  • Geno? Are you there? We need you to score. This one is staying here until he steps up.
  • Will the team be able to cut down on the dumb penalties? The high-sticking call on Matt Cooke stands out as one that really shouldn't have happened against the Bruins.
Keys to the game
  • Get someone in front of Price (or Auld). Sid was scoring tons of goals from the front of the net area, but no one seems to be camped there now.
  • Play 60 minutes.
  • Win the special teams battle. That means no dumb penalties. It also means finding a way to get the puck in the net on the power play.

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