Thursday, February 10, 2011

Game #56 - vs Los Angeles Kings

Game 56
Kings (29-22-2, 60 points) at Penguins (34-17-4, 72 points)

Why does it matter?
Tonight is the return of Rob Scuderi to Pittsburgh. Scuderi was one of my favorite players when he was here. Other than being a great defensive guy, he had the role of the last guy on the 5-on-3 perfected. He was able to get down on one knee (to take away the cross-ice pass) and back up faster than anyone I've seen.

Oh, and the Pens could use some offense and two points while they're at it.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Two straight losses and a rash of injuries (plus a suspension) has the Pens in some deep trouble.
  • Kings - 5-0-1 over their past six, along with some signs that the power play might be waking up.
Questions to be answered
  • Who will score? Paging Jordan Staal and Pascal Dupuis...
  • How will the Wilkes-Barre guys fit in? For those of you just joining us, Tangradi and Wallace were sent down and Vitale, Craig, Johnson and Sterling were called up.
  • Can the defense step up and carry this team? That's where the money is, and they've been pretty good at shutting folks down. They need to do it now more than ever.
Keys to the game
  • Circle the wagons. Play the "no respect" card if needed.
  • Stay out of the box - no lazy penalties.
  • Use the D. Have Letang, Goligoski and Martin get involved more offensively.

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