Dell gave up six goals on 46 shots in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Chicago. Dell's 40 saves were a season high but weren't enough to mask the six-spot in the goals against column. It was the fifth straight loss for Dell, who has shown well at times this season but has been unable to completely wrest the full-time starting role away from struggling incumbent Martin Jones. The upcoming stretch won't get any easier for Dell in the Sharks, who will continue their road trip with stops in St. Louis, Dallas and Colorado.
Dell will guard the road goal during Wednesday's clash with Chicago, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports. Dell played well in his last start Saturday against the Senators, turning aside 36 of 38 shots, but he ulltimately suffered his 17th loss of the season due to inadequate goal support. The 30-year-old netminder will attempt to snap his four-game losing streak in a road matchup with a Blackhawks team that's only averaging 2.88 goals per game at home this year, 24th in the NHL.
Dell made 36 saves Saturday in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ottawa. This was his first start since Feb. 25. Dell has lost four straight games, while Martin Jones has surged. The Sharks will play the hottest hand and while Dell played well Saturday, he's not putting up wins. Put him on your bench.
Dell will be in the crease when the Sharks host the Senators on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. Dell hit a bit of a slump in the crease, letting in a combined 11 goals over three starts, before he was sent to the bench over the last four contests. With a back-to-back on tap this weekend, he'll start the front end Saturday and will aim to get on track versus an Ottawa group tallying just 2.29 goals per game on the road.
Dell allowed four goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Flyers on Tuesday. The 30-year-old started the second half of the season very well, but he is 1-3-0 with an .884 save percentage in his last four games. Dell has given up three goals in four of his most recent five starts. That's not going to improve his numbers, which are not much better than last season, when he submitted the worst statistical year of his career. Dell is 12-14-2 with a 2.94 GAA and .907 save percentage in 31 games this season.
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