Dell yielded six goals on 29 shots in Friday's 6-1 loss against the Stars. It was actually a rare poor showing for Dell, who had allowed a total of 11 goals over his past seven starts. Dell continues to be a serviceable No. 2 netminder in seasonal pools allowing daily moves. He is also a solid DFS option going forward, although he obviously did no one any favors in this outing.
Dell will get the starting nod against the Stars on Friday, Curtis Pashelka of CSN Bay Area reports. Dell has basically split starts with Martin Jones for all of March, a clear indication that the Sharks are attempting to keep their No. 1 fresh for the postseason. The 27-year-old Dell's stellar performance has certainly played a big role in that decision, as he has posted a 10-5-1 record for the year along with a .936 save percentage. The netminder will square off with Dallas, which has performed significantly better at home -- 19-12-6 at the American Airlines Center.
Dell allowed one goal on 20 shots in a 1-0 loss to the Stars on Monday. The Stars didn't exactly pepper the rookie in this one, but the Sharks skaters in front of him weren't able to solve Kari Lehtonen. Dell has now lost two games in a row after rattling off three straight wins, but remains an above-average spot-start option behind workhorse Martin Jones based on his sparkling ratios (.936 save percentage, 1.85 GAA).
Dell will tend twine in Monday's tilt in Dallas, Sean Shapiro of NHL.com reports. The backup has been more than serviceable this season, notching a .936 save percentage and 1.90 GAA in 16 appearances. The Stars are middle-of-the-road offensively, ranking 14th in the league with 2.75 goals per game.
Dell allowed three goals on 35 shots in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Thursday. The fourth was an empty-netter. And so ends Dell's modest four-game winning streak, dropping him to 10-4-1 on the season. He's been one of the very best backups in the league in his rookie season, posting a stingy 1.90 GAA to go with an equally impressive .936 save percentage. The 27-year-old doesn't play much behind workhorse Martin Jones, but he's a fantastic spot-start option when he gets the call, and a great insurance policy for the Sharks if Jones should falter.
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