Saturday, October 15, 2011

Game #6 - vs Buffalo Sabres

2011-12 Game 6

Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0, 4 points) at Pittsburgh Penguins (3-0-2, 8 points)
The Sabres' offense is a team effort, led by Thomas Vanek.
Why does it matter?
The Pens have owned the Sabres lately in Pittsburgh.  This is the start of a tough stretch of five games in eight days, so it's important to get off to a good start.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Each game has yielded at least one point, but the way the Caps game ended left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
  • Sabres - A bad loss last night to the Canes, after tying the game with 2:21 remaining, the Sabres took a penalty (Vanek for tripping) and Skinner notched the game winner on the ensuing power play.  Talk about a bad taste...
Questions to be answered
  • How will Geno hold up with a bunch of games in front of him?
  • How is Fleury feeling, and did he lose any weight with the flu?  That can be a concern for goalies.
  • Can the Pens continue their mastery of Ryan Miller, assuming that's who they see tonight?
Keys to the game
  • Focus on the PK.  After allowing a power play goal in OT to the Caps, the Pens need to re-double their efforts on the PK to shut things down.  The Sabres have been clicking at over 20% so far this season.
  • Keep the chances to the outside.  Both teams managed over 40 shots in their last game - this could be all offense.
  • Stop Jason Pominville, who has been very good against the Pens the last few years (5 goals in 12 games).

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