Monday, November 22, 2010

Penguins Gameday #22 (Panthers)

Penguins (11-8-2, 24 pts) (2nd Atlantic, 6th East)

Panthers (9-9-0, 18 pts) (5th Southeast, 12th East)

Where: Bank Atlantic Center

When: 7:30 ET


The Pens and their dads head down South to face the Panthers and attempt to keep their hot streak going. The Pens are coming off a weekend of rest, but now embark on a tough 4 game week. It would be nice to get things off to a good start, especially considering it is the Dads' trip. Injuries can be a major factor in this one, as both teams have quite a bit of star caliber talent that is questionable to play.

Opponents to Watch:

David Booth- Physical player that has also established himself as one of Florida's best scorers. He may not score tonight, but I would expect him to be right in the action at all times.

Michael Frolik- "The baby Jagr" is finally starting to come into his own with Florida, and leads the team with 12 points.

Thomas Vokoun- The Pens in the past have found ways to destroy the Panthers' defense but have had some difficulties beating Vokoun, and he has put up rediculous numbers. Quantity and quality of shots will be the key to beating Vokoun for the Pens.


-Injuries may or may not be a factor for the Pens. Both Crosby and Kunitz left practice with some sort of unidentified injury, and Malkin did not skate at all. That is all the information that anyone has at this point, and no official listing has been made for the status of any of them.

-The Panthers also may or may not have injury problems. Byron Bitz and Steve Bernier are out for certain, but top center Stephen Weiss as well as talented wingers Steven Reinprecht and Rostislav Olesz are listed as questionable.

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