Jones will tend twine on the road Sunday night, facing shots from the Wild, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic Minnesota reports. Jones has maintained a 19-16-5 record to go along with a 2.52 GAA and .917 save percentage through 42 games. Those numbers won't drop jaws in the fantasy realm, but they're at least serviceable. If you're rolling out Jones on Sunday, the hope is that he has a better plan to hold off the Wild after they put four goals on him among 24 shots in a Dec. 10 overtime loss.
Jones allowed two goals on 35 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Blackhawks on Friday. The loss broke Jones' three-game winning streak, but he's been posting strong numbers longer than that and did so again versus the Blackhawks. In his last six games including Friday, Jones is 4-2-0 with a .943 save percentage, and in his last 10 contests, Jones owns a .940 mark. The strong February has placed the Sharks' goaltender in position for a chance to win at least 25 games and record the best save percentage of his career.
Jones will start in goal Friday night, with the Blackhawks playing host to the contest. Hopefully Jones sitting out for rest and deferring to Aaron Dell against the Predators on Thursday won't end up disrupting his positive momentum. San Jose's chief puck plugger will be in pursuit of his fourth consecutive win, and he hasn't allowed more than two goals in a given outing since the surprisingly dangerous Vegas expansion club got the best of him at home Feb. 8. Next up are the Blackhawks, who rank 14th in home scoring at 2.94 goals per game.
Jones made 31 saves in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Blues. Both of the goals against Jones came in the second period, but he also got three goals of support in that frame even though his team was outshot 12-6. While Jones' 2.53 GAA is still the worst of his career, he's gotten on a roll recently with a 4-1-0 record and no more than two goals allowed in any of his past five appearances.
Jones will start against the Blues in St. Louis on Tuesday night. Jones actually carries a slightly higher save percentage on the road (.917) compared to his career mark at the Shark Tank (9.14), but he's only defeated the Blues twice in six tries. However, the Notes have been thrown off-key of late, as evidenced by their three-game losing skid. Seeing as how this matchup truly could go either way, it wouldn't be a bad idea to scan the nine-game slate for potential safer plays -- at least in daily fantasy.
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