Crosby and the Penguins look to rebound from one of their worst
losses of the season when they host the red-hot Colorado
Avalanche on Saturday.
Despite getting phenomenal overall play from Crosby, Pittsburgh
has stumbled to the worst record in the Eastern Conference over
the season's first 2 1/2 months.
With Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux sidelined with an irregular
heartbeat, the struggling Penguins will need Crosby to perform
better than ever. The 18-year-old phenom leads Pittsburgh in
goals (13) and points and leads all NHL rookies with 16 assists.
The Penguins hope to bounce back from an embarrassing 5-0 loss at
the hands of the offensively-challenged Minnesota Wild on
Thursday. It was the third five-goal loss of the season for
Pittsburgh, which has dropped six in a row and 10 of its last
Conversely, Colorado has played well over the last two weeks,
winning five of its last seven and it will carry in some
momentum from a 4-3 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils
Andrew Brunette tallied twice in the opening period and Joe
Sakic added a goal in the session to extend his points streak to