Jones made 24 stops in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Wild. Jones was beaten by three different goal scorers in the first two periods before taking part in a snoozefest of a final frame that saw neither team fire more than five shots on goal. It looked like he was going to get plenty of rest in favor of rookie backup Aaron Dell down the stretch, but the sliding Sharks may have to give their starter more work than anticipated with three other teams in the Pacific having pulled within five points in the standings. That's almost certainly good news for Jones' owners considering he had held each of his previous eight opponents to two or fewer goals.
Jones will start between the posts for Tuesday's away game against the Wild. Jones and Aaron Dell have alternated starts over the last six games, likely in an attempt to keep Jones fresh for the upcoming playoff run. Despite a middling 4-3-1 record, Jones has looked really good over his last eight starts, posting a .939 save percentage to go with a 1.63 GAA. He'll face off against a Minnesota squad that is averaging just 2.30 goals per game in March.
Jones stopped 25 of 27 shots in Saturday's loss to Anaheim. Jones didn't get the victory, but this marks the eighth straight game the workhorse has surrendered two or fewer goals. Jones has been remarkably consistent and is playing some very good hockey right now. The 27-year-old owns a solid .916 save percentage and is a safe fantasy bet down the stretch as San Jose battles for playoff position.
Jones will go to work Saturday as the home starter versus the Ducks, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Jones is grooving with wins in four of the past seven outings to complement a robust 1.57 GAA and .941 save percentage over that span. The Ducks ended up losing to the Sabres in the shootout Friday -- and they're about to play their third game since Wednesday -- so Jones could see an opponent that's a bit taxed in this next one. Team Teal's top tender is 11-6-3 against divisional opponents this campaign.
Jones stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 4-1 win over Buffalo on Tuesday. After Jack Eichel's tally 1:10 into the contest, Jones was perfect the rest of the way in earning his 32nd win of the season. His 2.25 GAA and .916 save percentage are right in line with last year's marks of 2.27 and .918, and he's just five victories shy of the 37 he put up a season ago.
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