Jones turned away 24 of 25 shots in Thursday's 5-1 home win over the Sabres. Jones looked comfortable all game, and it actually took an incredible sharp-angle wrist shot from Jake McCabe to spoil the shutout bid for San Jose's top netminder. Jones really needed this win to get his confidence up, as he's still looking at an .896 save percentage through his first five games of the 2018-19 campaign.
Jones will be in goal for Thursday's home matchup with Buffalo, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. While it's still early in the season, Jones is sitting with career worsts in GAA (3.05) and save percentage (.880), along with a 1-3-0 record. There is little chance he will be forced to give up the starting job to backup Aaron Dell, but the youngster's strong play -- a 1-0-1 record with a .917 save percentage -- could see Jones watch a few more games from the end of the bench if he continues to underperform.
Jones allowed three goals on 36 shots in Sunday's 3-2 loss to New Jersey. Making his first start since Oct. 8, Jones fell to 1-3-0 in four starts on the year. He's coughed up 12 goals in those four outings while facing just 100 shots, registering a .880 save percentage. If Jones continues to struggle, Aaron Dell could benefit by seeing more regular action.
Jones will start in goal against host New Jersey on Sunday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports. The Sharks are waiting for Jones to round into form. He has allowed nine goals on 64 shots to start the season, emerging victorious just once over that span. Of course, the Devils are 2-0-0 on the young season and put on a clinic against the Capitals on Thursday -- they won that one at home, 6-0 -- so fantasy owners might want to hold off on using Jones until he's able to build a string of standout performances.
Jones allowed three goals on 29 shots in Monday's 4-0 loss to the Islanders. Jones was perfect until the scoring started when the Islanders' Anders Lee knocked home a rebound on the power play late in the second period. Two more scores followed in the third period and an empty-netter later sealed it. It's been a rough start for Jones, who has allowed nine goals on 64 shots through the first three games to post a .859 save percentage and a 1-2-0 record. He'll likely take a breather for Tuesday's game against the Flyers and be back at it Thursday against the Rangers.
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