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Sabres' Robin Lehner: will play full preseason game
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Lehner is healthy and expected to play the full game Tuesday against Ottawa, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

Lehner suffered two ankle sprains that limited him to just 21 appearances for the Sabres last year and then later forced him to miss the World Cup, but has been deemed to be 100 percent healthy. He'll get a chance to show off the work he's put in over the summer, including a change in his diet that led him to shed 40 pounds. He's the undisputed No. 1 goalie in Buffalo and isn't in danger of losing his job to Anders Nilsson barring some kind of injury or disastrous string of poor games. If healthy, Lehner has a chance to be a borderline top-15 goalie this season.

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Sabres' Robin Lehner: Sheds weight for upcoming season
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Lehner, who is coming off a high ankle sprain that limited him to just 21 games last year, seems to have lost "around 40 pounds" this summer, reports the Olean Times Herald.

Lehner was listed at 240 pounds at the beginning of the season last year and admitted that he made some "life changes," including changing his diet. Although he's also unsure how the weight loss will affect his play, the 6-foot-5 Swede is very optimistic and recognizes that he has a special opportunity in Buffalo be the franchise's No. 1 goalie as they head into a new era. After undergoing surgery in March for his ankle, Lehner stayed in Buffalo for the summer and worked on his agility and speed. He sported a very good .924 save percentage during the 2015-16 season, and is not in danger of losing his job to incumbent backup Anders Nilsson. Lehner has the potential to be a borderline top-15 goalie and should be ready to go for training camp.

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Sabres' Robin Lehner: Ruled out for World Cup with injury
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Lehner is dealing with an undisclosed injury which will prevent him from playing in the World Cup of Hockey, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

It's not clear if this is a new injury or one related to the high-ankle sprain that cost him significant time in 2015-16. At any rate, Jhonas Enroth reportedly will replace him on Sweden's World Cup roster. Buffalo had the intention of making Lehner the undisputed No. 1 backstop from the start of last season, but the big Swede was injured Opening Night, causing backups Chad Johnson and Linus Ullmark to be featured more prominently than they otherwise would've been. Johnson is now in Calgary, but Buffalo still has plenty of talented young goalies waiting for a shot in the NHL, including Jason Kasdorf and Cal Petersen. Although the severity of Lehner's injury has yet to be disclosed, this latest development illustrates the risk involved in drafting him as a fantasy starter.

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Sabres' Robin Lehner: Replaced for World Cup
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Lehner (ankle) is still not believed to be 100 percent, The Buffalo News reports.

According to the report, Team Sweden head coach Rikard Gronborg will be replacing Lehner with former Sabre Jhonas Enroth, with Henrik Lundqvist remaining as the starter. Lehner has participated in on-ice activities over the summer and is expected to be ready for the start of the season. He injured his ankle twice during the 2015-16 season and appeared in just 21 games for the Sabres.

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Sabres' Robin Lehner: Notches just five wins in first year as starter
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Lehner, who battled an ankle injury two separate times this season, finished with five wins in 21 appearances with a 2.47 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.

After appearing in 36 and 25 games in each of his final two seasons with Ottawa, Lehner was supposed to break out with Buffalo after being anointed the team's starter. However, his season was derailed after he suffered a high-ankle sprain in the season opener, which kept him off the ice for weeks, and only to aggravate the ankle again upon his return. While his lack of wins is concerning, the Sabres weren't a playoff contender this season, and it's very encouraging that he sports very good peripheral numbers. Though backup Chad Johnson had a very good season filling in, Lehner is expected to be the team's No. 1 goalie next season, though he will face increasing competition over the next few years with young goalies Linus Ullmark, Jason Kasdorf and Cal Petersen in the pipeline.

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