Monday, January 09, 2012

Game #41 - vs Ottawa Senators

2011-12 Game 41

Ottawa Senators (22-15-6, 50 points) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-15-4, 46 points)

I like the off-ice photos, but can we at least make sure the puck inscription is legible please, Panini?  Maybe it's just the scan of the card, but I can't tell what that says.

Why does it matter?

It's the end of the first half of the season for the Pens, and most folks would probably say it has been a disappointment.  The Pens need to get a win, especially since they're about to go back out on the road for four of the next five.

What has been happening lately?
  • Pens - Just plain lack of results.  Someone needs to step up and carry this team.
  • Senators - They're 8-1-2 since December 14th, a run they kicked off with a win over the Pens in Ottawa.
Questions to be answered
  • Will home ice continue to play a big role in the series this season?  Each team has won once at home, scoring six goals in the victory.
  • How many guys can go on the injured list, and can the Pens dress enough players if Adams and Asham don't play?  They're already missing Staal and Neal.
  • Who will carry this team?  Geno?  Flower?  The team defense?
Keys to the game
  • Power play.  The Sens are leaky on the PK.  Get to the man advantage and then unload.
  • Get to their game.  The Sens will allow shots and play an up and down style.  This should play well into the Pens' hands as long as they stay disciplined.
  • Shut down Spezza.  He torched them last game.

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