Just what the Maple Leafs need as they try to snap a three-game winless streak — an evening with the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins and the greatest player in the world, Sidney Crosby.

A daunting task, even if the Leafs were on a three-game winning streak instead of the situation they find themselves in entering Thursday’s home tilt with Crosby and Co.

The Leafs, though, should have a thick skin by now when it comes to tough challenges. Their schedule this month is rife with such clichés as “big games” and “challenges.”

Crosby will be in Toronto for the second time in six nights; the schedule also offers up the Boston Bruins back-to-back March 23 and 25.

In between, there are games against Tampa and Buffalo; one more game with the Jets and then three games against Florida, Carolina and Ottawa to close out the month of March.

Realistically, Toronto has to look at every game outside the Bruins and Penguins as winnable but approach those two elite teams as beatable.