Saturday, October 08, 2011

Game #2 - at Calgary Flames

Game 2
Penguins (1-0-0, 0 points) at Flames (0-0-0, 0 points)

Why does it matter?
Another night, another home opener to spoil.  The Pens, who strangely are the opponents in three consecutive home openers, will be looking to earn two points tonight to cement this road trip in the "Success" column on the score sheet.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A solid performance against the Canucks on Thursday.
  • Flames - Jarome Iginla will play tonight for the Flames after missing all of camp with back spasms.
Questions to be answered
  • How will Iginla do with pre-season action under his belt?
  • Will we see Brent Johnson tonight or tomorrow night?  You have to figure he'll play one of them.
  • Will Jordan Staal drink enough water to finish a game?
Keys to the game
  • The biggest thing that jumps out about the Flames is that they're solid from top to bottom, with an excellent captain in Iginla.  The Pens need to be consistent and focused for 60 minutes.
  • Get the puck deep - there were too many turnovers against the Canucks where guys were trying to carry the puck through players.  Dump it behind and go get it.

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