Steep mountain; Penguins Game 70 vs. Avalanche

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On paper, this is another mismatch for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who go up against the (mile) high-flying Colorado Avalanche Sunday in Denver.

Perhaps the matchup of hometown buds and superstars Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche can serve as a point of interest.

The Penguins (30-30-9) aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but in reality they are simply getting through the final few weeks of the season.

Colorado (45-20-5) has some big-time goals within reach, including the Presidents’ Trophy.

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There have been so many missed and blown opportunities for the Penguins.

They have lost two straight to fall to .500 – 69 points in 69 games. That includes Friday’s 4-2 loss at Dallas, a club roughly on par with the Avalanche.

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