Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Game #50 - vs New York Islanders

Game 50
Islanders (15-25-7, 37 points) at Penguins (30-15-4, 64 points)

Why does it matter?
The Pens have 32 games left this season. Including this one, four of those will be against the Islanders. They're not very good, but they play the Pens tough. May as well get used to beating them, starting with tonight's game, right?

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A big sigh of relief after the team held on to beat the Hurricanes on Saturday night (kinda like the Steelers, huh?)
  • Islanders - Just what you'd expect - wildly inconsistent results (mostly on the losing end) with some flashes of promise.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the Pens get to their power play? The Islanders haven't taken many penalties lately, and the Pens are all over the place as far as drawing penalties.
  • Will there be a problem with work ethic? You know the Isles will bring a high energy game to Consol - the Pens will need to be ready to match it.
  • Will we see Ricky D? He has been very good against the Pens this year with a .940 save percentage.
Keys to the game
  • Stop Michael Grabner! Seriously - this guy has a six game point streak with 5 goals and 2 assists during that time.
  • Out work the Isles. This will lead to power play chances, which the Pens should be able to exploit.
  • Match up well against the Isles offensive players. Top players like Tavares, Moulson, Comeau and Parenteau have all been playing well this month.

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