Avalanche losing streak hits six games

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Hoo baby are the Avs in a pickle now. And if you know me, you know how I feel about pickles.

I guess the upside is that Colorado responded to a five-game losing streak earlier this year by ripping off a 9-0-2 stretch. Following tonight's loss to the San Jose Sharks, they've now lost six straight and finally managed to lose their way out of third place in the Central Division. Given the lead they had on the Dallas Stars just 10 days ago, this was an impressive feat of futility.

Maybe the most frustrating part of the scene tonight was we've seen this one several times over. Like Hollywood, the Avalanche look like they've run out of ideas and are instead recreating their greatest hits. This time, they went to the pre-Christmas well in getting down 4-1 like they did against the Arizona Coyotes before mounting a third period comeback.

Colorado was able to repeat some of that tonight, including the pulling of starting goaltending Philipp Grubauer in favor of backup Pavel Francouz, who is in town while Semyon Varlamov nurses the dreaded lower-body injury. Francouz once again stabilized the game for Colorado and gave them a chance to comeback. The only goal he gave up was a series of ridiculous flukes but they all count the same.

Tyson Jost got things going a bit tonight as he scored two goals, though you'd still like to see him actually beat a goaltender. His first goal was entirely the exceptional work from J.T. Compher and the second was a deflection on a point shot from Sam Girard. That second line was actually going pretty well tonight and to see them rewarded with multiple goals just may kickstart them. To see the Avs lose in which they got two goals from the black hole that has been their second line is indicative of the whack-a-mole style of problems they're dealing with right now.

Colorado finishes their four-game homestand on Friday night with the New York Rangers coming to town before they embark on a brutal five-game road trip to the Canada. Friday night has turned into must-win territory.

Takeaways from the game

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