Goalie nods: Jones, Sharks try to take bite out of Kings’ lead


Martin Jones has accomplished quite a bit – albeit quietly – as the San Jose Sharks’ starting goalie. Beating the team he backed up for (and the guy he watched most nights) once more would add a nice bullet point to that list.

Jones is in for the Sharks, while aforementioned Los Angeles Kings starter Jonathan Quick is not necessarily the guy who will face him.

Either way, the Kings will face a red-hot Jones and a Sharks team that hopes to chip away at Los Angeles’ considerable lead in the Pacific.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer signaled as much earlier today.

Jones is on a personal six-game winning streak, grabbing a shutout and two additional wins in which he’s allowed a single goal. During off nights, the Sharks have had his back lately.

This stands as a useful barometer for Jones’ progress, as well as how hot the Sharks really are, so it should be an interesting game to follow.

Elsewhere …

Rangers at Senators: Henrik Lundqvist vs. Craig Anderson

Flames at Hurricanes: Karri Ramo vs. (maybe) Eddie Lack

Blues at Blackhawks: Brian Elliott vs. Corey Crawford