Saturday, January 22, 2011

Game #49 - vs Carolina Hurricanes

Game 49
Hurricanes (23-18-6, 52 points) at Penguins (29-15-4, 62 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens will probably be without Sid and Geno again. The Hurricanes are a decent team that can give the Penguins fits. This will be a measure of the character of the guys not named Sid and Geno in the Pens' locker room.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Some nice wins spoiled by that awful taste left over from Jersey.
  • Hurricanes - A nice rebound win over the Rangers after two losses to Boston.
Questions to be answered
  • Who will provide the offense?
  • Can the Pens keep Eric Staal in check? Carolina is 8-1 against the Pens when he scores a goal.
  • Can Fleury step up and have a big game in net?
Keys to the game
  • Limit their chances. The Canes like to pile up the shots. Keep them off of their game early to frustrate them and make them take chances.
  • Get to the power play. The Canes' PK is one of the worst in the league this year.
  • Be disciplined. It looks like the Hurricanes are content to trade chances. Make sure you win the battle at even-strength.

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