Revenge I Say, Revenge
How about those Penguins? While most of America has been patiently waiting for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, there was actually a hockey game today. This was not just any hockey game. It was an absolute debacle over the Washington Capitals with a final score of 6-3. Previous to destroying the Washington Capitals, the Penguins blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 and “steam-rolled” the New Jersey Devils 5-1. Next up for the Penguins are those “pesky” New York Islanders.
Unless, Dan Bylsma decides to switch things around, we will see Marc-Andre Fleury in goal against the Islanders as the “every other game” goalie rotation has been the on-going trend. For more information, see my most recent article, “Go with the ‘Hot Hand’” for a comparison of Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun.
Back on Tuesday, January 29, the Islanders defeated the Penguins by a final score of 4-1; however, the Penguins have won three in a row since then.” The Islanders, however, have a record of 2-1 coming off today’s 3-0 shutout loss to the New Jersey Devils. See the Penguins-Islanders match-up below:
Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-0)
- Power Play Score Percentage 19.4% (14th)
- Penalty Kills Percentage 82.8% (10th)
- Goals Per Game 2.9 (12th)
- Goals Against Average 2.4 (7th)
New York Islanders (5-4-1)
- Power Play Score Percentage 37.5% (1st)
- Penalty Kills Percentage 96% (1st)
- Goals Per Game 3.9 (2nd)
- Goals Against Average 3.3 (24th)
The Penguins need revenge I say, revenge. Though the statistics clearly favor the Islanders, I am predicting a very close game this time around with a final score Penguins 3 Islanders 2. After the Penguins play the Islanders, they will face the Washington Capitals, and then the New Jersey Devils twice.