Friday, February 11, 2011

Game #57 - at New York Islanders

Game 57
Penguins (35-17-4, 74 points) at Islanders (18-29-7, 43 points)

Why does it matter?
After a stirring win last night, the new-look Pens try to keep the good time rolling on Long Island.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A nice win over the Kings last night while seemingly losing another player to injury - this time it was Dustin Jeffrey.
  • Islanders - Three wins in five games, though the Isles are onto their 5th goalie this season, with #6 (Montoya) sure to see action at some point.
Questions to be answered
  • Can the guys from Wilkes-Barre keep the drive and intensity going? They visibly injected energy into the lineup last night.
  • Anyone know anybody that can play center? The Pens have Staal, Talbot, Adams and Vitale... maybe Ryan Craig too. It's not exactly murderer's row right now.
  • Who can slow down Grabner? He has four goals in three games and is starting to play big minutes (over 20 for the first time in his NHL career last night).
Keys to the game
  • Keep them bottled up. The best way to neutralize the Isles is to have a strong game on the forecheck. Get the puck in deep and go to work.
  • Roll the lines. This is a Pens' team with the talent spread much more evenly. Get everyone involved and keep the legs fresh, especially after the game last night.
  • Keep your head up - the Pens can't afford any more injuries.

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