Monday, October 10, 2011

Game #4 - vs Florida Panthers (Home Opener)

2011-12 Game 4

Florida Panthers (1-0-0, 2 points) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1, 5 points)

Why does it matter?
It's the home opener!  Do you need any further explanation?

This is the first time this season where I've had to look up the other team's record.  

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - A successful road trip with a slightly bitter aftertaste due to the ending in Edmonton.
  • Panthers - A solid road win against the Isles on Long Island.
Questions to be answered
  • Will the dumb contracts handed out by Dale Tallon somehow make the Panthers more successful?  Brian Campbell is the poster boy for irresponsible spending.
  • Will Geno play?  If the injury wasn't that serious, you'd think he would play in the home opener.
  • The Panthers rolled the lines on Saturday against the Isles.  Are the Pens fresh enough to keep up with them after a busy weekend?
Keys to the game
  • Save some gas for later - the Pens will be geared up early on, but they need to pace themselves tomorrow, especially after returning from Western Canada and being on western time.
  • Keep things simple on the power play.  If carrying the puck up the ice isn't working, dump it and go to work.  The Pens will have a speed advantage
  • Make the third period a shutdown period.  Each game has seen the other team get back into it in the third..

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