Saturday, January 15, 2011

Game #46 - at Boston Bruins

Game 46
Penguins (27-14-4, 58 points) at Bruins (24-12-7, 55 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens will play a fifth straight game without Sid. They'll also have a second straight shot at revenge after beating the Canadiens on Wednesday.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A nice win in Montreal has hopefully turned the momentum for the Pens.
  • Bruins - Points in 10 of their past 11 games and they're winning several different ways. Thursday was an unlikely offensive explosion in a 7-5 win over Philly.
Questions to be answered
  • The Bruins may have to play without Lucic, Ferrence and Stuart. Can the Pens take advantage, especially against a depleted defense?
  • Can Geno pick up the scoring? I have a good feeling about today...
  • Which power play will show up, the one that has is 5-12 in the past two games or the one that went 3-32 in the nine games before that?
Keys to the game
  • Stay focused on playing 60 minutes. The Pens have lost three times when leading going into the third period this year. Two of those are to the Bruins.
  • Be ready for the early start. Get the legs (and heads) ready to go.
  • Get the shots on net, especially from the point or above the slot. Given the system the Bruins play, it's hard enough to get the pucks deep. Don't miss wide and give them a free breakout pass.

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