Eastern Semifinal: (1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (7) Ottawa Senators PT II
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05-19-2013, 12:16 PM
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Expect a different game tonight. My bet is that the Sens take this.
Bylsma makes a smart move by inserting Eaton for Engelland, which had to happen. Can't have a Murray Engelland pairing on the road. The insertion of Spezza will help the PK, while the insertion of Eaton will help the Pens PK....good move by Bylsma.
However, Joe Vitale is not available for tonight's game. He's a guy that wins 60% of his faceoffs and provides speed and energy. Instead of replacing him with Jokinen who is also 60% on faceoffs and has some nice craftiness, he inserts Tanner Glass and moves Adams to C. Adams is about 42% on faceoffs and Glass is slow and provides nothing more than a bit of a physical game.
I just don't think this is a smart road game move. The Pens faceoffs and speed on the 4th line will take a big hit tonight and could haunt them.
Nothing Bylsma does surprises me.
Bylsma will also ensure the 4th line gets as many starts in the defensive zone against Ottawa's top two lines as possible as well.
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