Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Pens gameday; It's pop quiz day
OK boys, let's see what you've learned.
You've gotten some chemistry flowing between your two top players, now that they're finally together.
Your special teams are clicking at some impressive rates so far, the power play is ranked #1 in the NHL right now, and the penalty kill is ranked 14th (5th at home).
You've won two in a row, and while sure, it's early, you win tonight, and as the Atlantic Division leader, you're ranked 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
But this is no simple quiz, you've got to do some studying to pass this.
First and foremost, you've got to put some serious pressure on Marty Brodeur. Maybe if the refs have it in their hearts to call more than one damn penalty will accomplish that.
Secondly, you've got to take advantage of the pairing of Malkin and Crosby on the 1st line. John Madden will definitely be watching Crosby like a hawk, and Crosby needs to recognize that and dish that puck to Malkin to work his magic.
Third, there's gotta be starting to get some production from the bottom 3 lines.
Simple, huh ??
We shall see on "Versus" at 7PM.
Max Talbot was recalled today as the 4th line center, since Staal was moved to the 2nd line center. To be frank, I've never been on the Talbot bandwagon. I think he's a sparkplug, and a decent penalty killer, but I just don't see him as being such a huge asset, especially since the addition of Dominic Moore, and especially if Jordan Staal stays.
Various reports have the initial hearing on the Malkin case in U.S. District Court in New York on November 9th.