CALGARY, Alberta — Martin Jones will start in goal for the second consecutive night as the Sharks desperately look for two points against the division rival Calgary Flames on Friday.
Jones, who is 33-21-6 this season, is 2-0 this season in the second game when he starts back-to-back nights. This is the second time this season he’s played games on consecutive days on the road, with the last time being Dec. 13 in Toronto and Dec. 14 in Ottawa, both San Jose wins.
Jones made 19 saves in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Edmonton that left the Sharks with 93 points, three points behind first place Anaheim and two back of the Oilers. The Flames enter Friday three points behind the Sharks.
In seven career starts against the Flames, Jones is 5-2-0 with a 2.52 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. He is 1-1 against Calgary this season.
Jones has gotten a decent amount of rest this month, splitting starts with Aaron Dell over the first 12 games of March. Friday’s game will mark Jones’ fourth straight start.
“I think we’ve got to get him in a rhythm,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said of Jones. “I think we knew that we were trying to follow last year’s formula a little bit and give him a little bit of a break down the stretch, he played a lot of games.
“We did that, Deller did a great job, kept us competitive. And now it’s about getting him in a rhythm. I don’t know if there is a right answer, but, I know his character, I know what he’s capable of and I know he’ll be there come playoff time.”
The Flames are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, as they’ve gone 4-4 since reeling off 10 straight wins from Feb. 21 to March 13.
“I just think get through the first 10 minutes,” DeBoer said when asked what was important for his group against the Flames. “It’s a back-to-back situation after a long, long month for us. We want to make sure we can get through the first 10 minutes here and get our legs under us and get into the game.”
The Sharks have lost seven of eight over the last two weeks and have a 6-9 record for the month of March. They also played 16 games last March and finished 9-7 and wound up third in the division.
DeBoer said any other lineup changes will be finalized after pregame warmups.