Dell stopped two of four shots after entering in relief of MacKenzie Blackwood in Thursday's 6-1 loss to the Rangers. Blackwood got the hook 3:57 into the third period after giving up his second goal of the period and fourth of the game. Dell was shaky in limited action after replacing the starter, and the little-used backup has now allowed eight goals on 65 shots for an .877 save percentage.
Dell stopped 18 shots in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Islanders. He held New York off the scoreboard for two periods, but the Isles finally broke through in the third while the Devils didn't score their goal until Dell was on the bench in the dying seconds of the game. The 31-year-old netminder is winless in his two starts this season, and he doesn't appear to be much of a threat to cut into MacKenzie Blackwood's workload.
Dell will guard the home net in Tuesday's game versus the Islanders. MacKenzie Blackwood will get some rest after four straight starts, so Dell will make his home debut for the Devils. The 31-year-old was on the wrong side of a comeback in his Devils debut Feb. 21, allowing four goals on 41 shots. The Islanders are a favorable matchup, ranking 22nd in the league with 2.67 goals per game.
Dell turned aside 37 shots in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals. Seeing his first action of the season, Dell was handed a 2-0 lead early in the second period but couldn't make it hold up in the face of a Caps power play that scored three times in the game's final 27 minutes. MacKenzie Blackwood is entrenched as the Devils' No. 1 netminder, but Dell gives the team another option besides Scott Wedgewood in the No. 2 spot.
Dell will patrol the road crease in Sunday's matchup versus Washington. Dell was claimed off waivers by the Devils on Jan. 18, and after finishing his conditioning stint with AHL Binghamton on Monday, he'll make his first start of the 2021 season. The 31-year-old was with the Sharks last season, going 12-15-3 along with a 3.01 GAA and .907 save percentage in 33 appearances. Dell will draw a tough matchup against a Washington offense that sits ninth in the league in goals per game this season (3.31). MacKenzie Blackwood will get the day off Sunday, so Scott Wedgewood will work as the No. 2 goalie for the contest.
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