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Evgeni Nabokov begins work with Martin Jones, Aaron Dell

SAN JOSE — Aaron Dell will start in net on Saturday when the Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks as Bob Boughner begins to implement a plan for how he’ll use his goalies.

Martin Jones lost his fifth straight start Thursday, allowing three goals on nine shots in the third period as the Sharks fell to the New York Rangers 6-3. Boughner wants Jones and Dell to push each other for playing time and plans to reward the goalie who can deliver results.

The Sharks are 0-5-1 in their last six games and entering Friday, had a team save percentage of .884, tied for second-worst in the NHL.

“We have to be a team where everybody’s going to push everybody,” Boughner said. “That’s going to be the same with the defense and the forwards. If someone’s not going, then someone else is going to get a chance and get some opportunity.”

Jones and Dell were on the ice with new goalie coach Evgeni Nabokov well before the official start of practice Friday. Nabokov replaced Johan Hedberg, who had been with the Sharks for the last four-plus seasons under former coach Pete DeBoer.

There is already an noticeable difference with Nabokov, the franchise’s all-time leader for goalies in games played (563), wins (293) and shutouts (50). He’s much more vocal and demonstrative with his instructions.

“I love Nabby,” said Dell, who worked closely with Nabokov when he was with the Barracuda during the 2015-16 season. “We’re pretty familiar with each other. I like to think I play a fairly similar style as him.

“He’s teaching me to hold my feet, kind of play as big as I can because I’m kind of a smaller guy. That’s the main messages right now.”

Dell’s last start was Dec. 5 against Carolina, as he stopped 27 of 29 shots in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes. Saturday’s game will mark his fourth start and sixth appearance in the last 12 Sharks games.

Starting with a 37-save performance against Vegas on Nov. 21, Dell is 1-1-1 in his last five games with a .912 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average.

With no time to overhaul anything at this stage of the season, Nabokov is just working with both Jones and Dell on the finer details.

“Just tighten things up a little bit, make small adjustments,” Dell said. “Build on what I’ve been doing.”

“Nabby as a goaltender himself, I think he was aggressive,” Boughner said. “I think he’s trying to bring that out in both goaltenders. Little things, too. Where he wants the lateral movement, the depth, but also playing pucks and what he expects when a goalie comes out.

“He worked (Jones and Dell) hard. He pushed them hard today. That was good to see. You can see they’re both taking to Nabby and I think they had a good day with him.”

Radil on waivers

Forward Lukas Radil, who has not played since Nov. 23 as he dealt with a minor health issue, was placed on waivers by the Sharks on Friday. Radil is on a one-year, $700,000 contract. If he goes unclaimed by another NHL team by Saturday morning, he will be reassigned to the Barracuda of the AHL.

Radil, 29, was in and out of the lineup for the first seven weeks of the season and did not have a point in 14 games. He averaged nine minutes and 24 seconds per game, but played only 5:54 and 6:13 in his last two games.

Radil’s departure would leave the Sharks with 22 players. A corresponding move to bring in another forward from the Barracuda could be announced Saturday morning.

“I think he needs to play,” Boughner said of Radil. “He’s been sitting around for a while. He was dealing with a minor health issue. Now that he’s back and ready, he needs to go down and get some games.

“That’s going to be the idea here, giving guys shots from the Barracuda, bringing them up and platooning them.”

Boughner said he liked what he saw out of Joachim Blichfeld in his NHL debut Thursday, and it appears he’ll remain on the third line with Patrick Marleau and Barclay Goodrow. Noah Gregor will also play against the Canucks, Boughner said, after he was scratched Thursday.

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