Lehner allowed three goals on 37 shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss against the Panthers. Lehner did a pretty decent job, but the Sabres offense was unable to solve James Reimer. The Swedish netminder entered the season with 35 wins over parts of six NHL campaigns, but he posted 23 victories in his first full year as a starter.
Lehner will be in net Saturday against the Panthers, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. Lehner's first two starts of April didn't go as planned, as he let in a combined six goals in 63:30 of ice time. He bounced back Wednesday against Montreal though, deflecting 31 of the 32 shots he faced. Buffalo plays Sunday as well, but this is expected to be Lehner's last start of the season with Anders Nilsson starting in the finale. The 25-year-old netminder still has long-term potential and is one to keep an eye on for seasons to come.
Lehner saved 31 of 32 shots during Wednesday's win over Montreal. After allowing three goals on five shots and being run from the crease Monday, Lehner righted the ship with a solid outing Monday. With Buffalo in the midst of a rebuild, there have been plenty of peaks and valleys this season for the netminder, but as the team's talented core ages, Lehner's fantasy prospects will improve. He's posted an impressive .921 save percentage through 79 games over the past two seasons with the Sabres, so the 25-year-old backstop has long-term upside, and this could prove to be an opportune time to buy low in keeper/dynasty settings.
Lehner will defend the cage against the Canadiens on Wednesday. Lehner gets back into the net after giving up three goals on just five shots in his last outing before getting the hook. The 25-year-old has posted a 22-25-8 record with a 2.70 GAA this season, and while all the Sabres' woes can't be laid at his feet -- especially considering his .920 save percentage -- he'll have to be better if Buffalo is going to push for a playoff spot in 2017-18.
Lehner has received the starting nod for Monday's tilt against the Maple Leafs, Mark Masters of TSN reports. Lehner allowed four past him in Sunday's contest against the Islanders, but won't have to wait long for a shot at redemption. However, Monday's opponent -- the Maple Leafs -- average 3.08 goals per game on the season to rank fifth in the league.
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