Lehner is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
After giving up four goals on 30 shots to the Kings on Saturday, Lehner was given the hook. Now it appears as though coach Phil Housley may not have pulled him from the game simply due to his poor performance, but rather due to injury. The news effectively rules the netminder out against Washington on Monday, but leaves the door open for Thursday's clash with Detroit. In the meantime, Linus Ullmark has been called up from AHL Rochester and figures to serve as the backup behind Chad Johnson.
Lehner allowed four goals on 30 shots in just about two periods of play during a 4-2 loss to the Kings on Saturday.
It's been a rough season for Lehner, and things only appear to be getting worse. He's won just one of his last seven games, and in his past five contests, Lehner owns a .877 save percentage. That category has been his one saving grace in season's past, but clearly not this season. With this latest loss, he also took over sole possession of first place for most losses in the NHL with 22.
Lehner will take on the Kings as a home starter Saturday afternoon, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Rarely would Lehner be the first choice for fantasy owners on a given slate, as the Sabres are the worst team in Eastern Conference as far as records are concerned. However, the Swede has been known to surprise every now and then, as three of his 12 wins this season have been shutouts, and his .911 save percentage through 43 outings proves that he's keeping the Sabres in games more often than not. You can find him in the bargain bin in most fantasy formats.
Lehner made 33 saves on 36 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Senators on Thursday.
Though Lehner's numbers weren't terrible, he had a .917 save percentage in this game, it is his fourth-straight outing allowing at least three goals. Overall, the Swede has a 2.90 GAA and a .910 save percentage, and he only has 12 wins in 43 games.
Lehner will guard the visiting goal Thursday against the Senators, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Lehner's recent showings in goal have been less than inspiring, as he's allowed three goals or more in each of his last three starts. He will attempt to buck that trend Thursday, squaring off against a Senators club averaging just 2.64 goals per game this season.