Will Sharks’ goaltending be a strength or weakness during stretch run?

NBC Sports Bay Area

The Sharks are currently enjoying their bye week before kicking off the last 30 games of the season and hosting the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. San Jose faces a few questions as the stretch run towards the playoffs gets underway.

One of the questions, naturally, comes between the pipes.

Goaltending has been one of the unofficial topics-du-jour for the better part of the Sharks’ 2018-19 campaign. From inconsistent play to winning streaks and back again, Martin Jones and Aaron Dell were talked about plenty ahead of the All-Star break.

So we ask: Is the Sharks’ goaltending corps ready to play at the high level that can carry through the end of the regular season, and support a deep playoff run?

There are a couple things to keep in mind as we search for the answer.

If you looked at San Jose’s last couple of games before the break, you’re probably worried. Jones and Dell gave up a combined 24 goals in a four-game span ahead of the break – six goals in four straight contests.

That includes a rough 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers, in which both goalies played andgave up goals. That week-long stretch did a number on their save percentages, with Jones’ dropping to .895 and Dell’s hovering around .891 after losing two of his last five starts. Those numbers don’t reflect goaltending that can lock down the end of the regular season, and carry a team to a long playoff stint.

But before you go pulling your hair out and posting a massive social-media rant, a couple of things are worth remembering.

#hockey, #professional

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