Pittsburgh (20-18-4) at Colorado (21-19-1) 3:00 p.m. EST
DENVER (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins come armed with two
of the most explosive offensive players in the game. The
combination just doesn’t always translate to wins.
The Penguins will be looking to get their stagnant offense back
into high gear when they face the Colorado Avalanche on
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were the only two outsiders to
break the Montreal Canadiens’ stranglehold on Eastern Conference
All-Star voting, and both rank among the NHL leaders in points,
with Malkin leading the way at 63 and Crosby tied for second
Malkin has not scored a goal since December 20 and Crosby has
tallied just once in the past six contests. Pittsburgh has
scored 14 goals in its last nine games, going 2-7-0 over that
The Penguins jumped to a 3-0 lead against the Nashville
Predators on Thursday but allowed five unanswered goals en route
to another setback. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four
goals in the contest and is 1-5-0 in his last six starts.
The Avalanche are the last team Pittsburgh needs to see when
struggling. The Penguins have not beaten Colorado since
February 25, 1999, going 0-8-1 with a tie during that span.
The Avalanche have won two straight thanks to Wojtek Wolski, who
has moved from left wing to center due to injuries to Joe Sakic
and Paul Stastny. Wolski has three goals in the past two games,
both 2-1 wins.