Jones allowed two goals on 32 shots in a Game 6 series loss to the Golden Knights on Sunday. Jones rebounded from a poor Game 5 performance in which he was pulled in favor of Aaron Dell. However, even with this elimination game taking place in San Jose, counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury stood on his head for his fourth shutout of the postseason and Jones was saddled with the loss despite his team posting a plus-8 shot differential. Certainly, he deserved a better fate having maintained a 2.26 GAA and .928 save percentage through 10 playoff games -- those rate stats were significantly better than his marks (2.55 and .915) from the regular season.
Jones is slated to start Game 6 against the visiting Golden Knights, as NHL.com reports that are no lineup changes expected for the Sharks in this must-win contest. Jones has been pulled twice in these conference semifinals -- including Game 5 on Friday, when backup Aaron Dell stopped all seven shots in relief -- but it appears that the Sharks will stick with their No. 1 backstop in the biggest game of their 2017-18 campaign. It's worth noting that Jones' most recent win at the Shark Tank was a 34-save shutout.
Jones was pulled after making 27 saves on 31 shots in a 5-3 loss in Game 5 to Vegas on Friday. The Sharks came back to life with three late goals after Jones was pulled for Aaron Dell, but it was too little, too late after Jones failed to crack .900 in save percentage for the fourth time in five games against the Golden Knights. Other than Game 4, Jones hasn't held Vegas below three goals in a game in this series, and it's likely wise to look elsewhere if you can for goaltending help in Game 6. Jones doesn't seem to be able to find an answer for the high-flying Golden Knights attack.
Jones will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 5 against the Golden Knights in Vegas. Jones has been fantastic this postseason, compiling a 6-2-0 record while posting an admirable 2.01 GAA and .934 save percentage in eight starts. The 28-year-old netminder will look to keep rolling and help his team take a stranglehold on the series by stealing a win on the road Friday night.
Jones blanked Vegas Wednesday, stopping all 34 shots in a 4-0 victory in Game 4 that evened the teams' series at 2. Jones needed a game like this. He's been less than impressive in his first three games of this series, but he really stepped up by making 34 big saves to prevent the Golden Knights from ever getting in the game. If he keeps this up, he'll make a great value play in Games 5 and 6.
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