Goalie nods: Aaron Dell gets the call for Sharks


One of the questions the San Jose Sharks were facing leading up to the NHL trade deadline was whether or not they would look to add a veteran backup goaltender to offer some added insurance behind starter Martin Jones.

It seemed like an unnecessary luxury given how well Aaron Dell has played for them this season, and the Sharks seemed to agree by making no move for a goalie and sticking with the 27-year-old rookie.

No move was the right move.

Even though he has only made 14 appearances for the Sharks this season Dell has been every bit as good as the team could have possibly hoped, entering Sunday’s game against Dallas with a .935 save percentage. He has been even better in his past four starts, helping the Sharks to a 3-0-1 record in those games by stopping 117 out of 123 shots (.951 save percentage) in games against the Flyers, Coyotes, Jets, and Canucks.

He gets the start on Sunday night against a Dallas Stars team that is beginning a four-game road trip.

Kari Lehtonen starts for the Stars.

Elsewhere on Sunday…

— It was Devan Dubnyk vs. Corey Crawford in the afternoon game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.

— With Henrik Lundqvist sidelined for the next 2-3 weeks Antti Raanta gets the start for the New York Rangers against Petr Mrazek and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

— To the surprise of no one Cam Talbot will make his league-leading 61st start for the Edmonton Oilers when they host Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.

Braden Holtby gets the call for the Washington Capitals when they visit the Anaheim Ducks for the second half of their back-to-back. The Ducks have not yet announced their starter for the game.

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