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SidTheKid
12-10-2008, 07:57 PM
THE FUNDAMENTALS
Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-4-34) at New Jersey Devils (14-8-2-30)

Where: Prudential Center
When: Wednesday, December 10, 7:08 p.m.
Radio: WXDX Radio, FM 105.9
TV: FSN Pittsburgh, the game will be broadcast in HD, available on Armstrong 179, Atlantic Broadband 782, Citizen 737, Comcast 226/774, DISH 428 and DirecTV 659.
*View FSN's HD Broadcast Schedule here
Season Series: The Penguins are 1-0-1 against the New Jersey Devils this season. Pittsburgh lost to New Jersey in overtime in its home opener Oct. 11. The Penguins evened the score with a 4-1 win Nov. 29 thanks to Sidney Crosby’s first hat trick of the season.

PENGUINS PROJECTED LINES
Forwards
Dupuis-Crosby-Satan
Fedotenko-Malkin-Sykora
Minard-Staal-Cooke
Taffe-Talbot-Godard/Wallace

Defense
Orpik-Scuderi
Letang-Eaton
Goligoski-Lovejoy

Netminder
Sabourin


KEYS TO VICTORY
Break the Trap: Pittsburgh has struggled mightily against trapping-style teams like Minnesota and Vancouver. The Devils have utilized the trap for nearly two decades and are considered the masters of the strategy. The Penguins will have to make crisp breakout passes to break the trap and not allow the Devils to frustrate them. Pittsburgh was successful in the previous matchup.

Power Play: Pittsburgh’s power play has struggled lately. The Penguins went 1 for 8 with the man-advantage against Buffalo Dec. 8, including 1 for 3 on five-on-three opportunities. With the Devils suffocating scheme, scoring opportunities will be limited and the Penguins need to capitalize on their power-play opportunities.

LOWDOWN ON THE DEVILS
Head coach Brent Sutter is in his second season leading the Devils. Sutter steered the club to a 46-29-7 record last year, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 99 points and earning a playoff berth.

New Jersey suffered a huge blow when the franchise, Martin Brodeur, was lost following elbow surgery at the start of November. The Devils were 6-2-2 before losing Brodeur. The team struggled off the bat without their future Hall of Fame goaltender, losing five of the first six games. Since then, however, New Jersey has been unstoppable. The Devils have lost only once in their past eight game. That loss was to Pittsburgh.

http://penguins.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=397065

SidTheKid
12-10-2008, 08:21 PM
Getting some really good shoots on goal but nothing going in.

SidTheKid
12-10-2008, 08:26 PM
Great save by Sabourin!!!

SidTheKid
12-10-2008, 08:44 PM
No score after the first period.

ShaunRiching9
12-10-2008, 10:36 PM
OMG THIS IS RIDICLULOUS we cant get anything sabourin sucks we need fleury back we need to be more consistent if we want to contend this year ourt defense sucks man

PittBeatWV
12-11-2008, 10:00 AM
The defense definitely does not suck. They blocked a ton of shots last night. At least two of those goals are all on Sabourin and not on the defense. The goal that was scored when the puck came off the boards behind the net - Sabourin had no business coming out to play that puck. The 3rd goal, Elias I think, Sabourin was a good 3 feet off of his post with Elias coming down the wing. If he plays tonight, keep an eye on him and watch how out of position he gets all the time.

I'm sick of hearing Steigerwald and Errey say what a marvelous job he's doing. He's now lost 3 of 4 games and that is unacceptable.

Another thing that game last night showed is how awful Sidney's wings are. There were at least 4 centering passes that went right through the crease and either no one was there or their stick was not on the ice.

Finally, I think it's time for Mike Yeo to find a new job. His job is to coach the power play and it has been awful for more than a month now. They have made no changes to their scheme and while they are shooting the puck more, no one is ever in front to knock home a rebound. Malkin needs to get off the blue-line, because while he does shoot the puck from there he is not going to score as often as someone of his caliber should on the PP. They should let Letang and Goligoski play the point with Orpik - put Sid and Geno on the wings with Staal in front of the net taking up space.

Changes need to happen - an elite should not lose 3 games in a row.

SidTheKid
12-11-2008, 04:35 PM
I know I keep saying it but Sabourin is garbage.