Lehner was pulled Tuesday after allowing three goals on 16 shots in an eventual 4-3 loss to the Leafs.
Staked to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission, Lehner was bombarded for three goals over the first half of the second frame before getting yanked. Nonetheless, he actually avoided being credited with the loss despite Anders Nilsson (15 saves on 16 shots) outplaying him in relief. Thanks to that and an illness, Lehner remains undefeated in his three 2017 appearances thus far. Still, wins have been hard to come by for the young Swede despite his typically solid rate stats.
Lehner fared admirably in his last start against the Buds on Nov. 3, halting 27 of 29 shots, but the
Lehner saved 31 of 32 shots during Monday's win over Dallas.
After missing three games with the flu, Lehner showed no ill-effects Monday. He's posted a .923 save percentage through 49 games with the Sabres, which is both an excellent mark and a valuable virtual contribution. So, even though Lehner has been mediocre in the wins and GAA columns, he's a fringe No. 2 goalie in most seasonal settings. Additionally, the 25-year-old goalie is just entering his prime behind an improving team, so his value is on the rise in keeper/dynasty leagues.
Lehner was out of the lineup for Buffalo's last three games due to the flu, but appears to be healthy and ready to go against Dallas. Prior to getting sick, the netminder has snagged just two wins in his previous six starts in which he posted a .921 save percentage. On the year, the 25-year-old has struggled, but will likely continue to receive the bulk of the starts over Anders Nilsson, who has failed to capitalize on Lehner's absences.
Lehner was unavailable both Thursday and Friday due to the illness, but appears ready to go ahead of Monday's contest against the Stars. Expect the 25-year-old to be ready for the call if necessary moving forward., and given that the