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Stumbling Penguins search for win vs. Avalanche

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

with 53.

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.


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