Lehner signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
This is a bit of a shocker, as Collin Delia appeared poised to take over as Corey Crawford's backup in 2019-20, but the Blackhawks are clearly hoping to replicate the success the Islanders had last season while deploying Lehner and Thomas Greiss as a highly effective one-two punch. Crawford and Lehner will likely be splitting starts pretty evenly, but if Crawford suffers another head injury, Lehner will be ready to take over as Chicago's unquestioned No. 1 netminder. The 2018-19 Vezina Trophy finalist shouldn't be considered a premier option at his position heading into this year's fantasy drafts, but he's definitely worth a look as a high-end secondary choice.
Lehner allowed three goals on 11 shots before being replaced by Thomas Greiss in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 4.
Lehner was simply not good enough for the Islanders with their season on the line, and he ends the postseason with a 2.00 GAA through eight games. The Islanders supported him with only five goals in four contests against the Hurricanes, which was too thin a margin for the Swedish goalie to work with.
Lehner will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 4 matchup with the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
So far in this series, Lehner is 0-3-0 despite having allowed just six goals while posting an impressive 1.99 GAA and .930 save percentage. The Swede has been solid for the Islanders, but their offense has been stagnant, scoring a meager three goals over the first three games of the series. New York is currently down three games to none to Carolina and in danger of getting swept Friday -- all this not long after the Islanders brought out the brooms themselves in the first round against Pittsburgh.
Lehner stopped 33 of 36 shots during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.
Carolina's final two goals were scored into an empty net. Lehner continues to play well for the Isles, but the team's offense has gone ice cold, leaving him no margin for error between the pipes. The netminder will take a 1.69 GAA and .946 save percentage through seven playoff starts into Game 4 on Friday as New York looks to avoid getting swept.
Lehner will guard the cage in Wednesday's Game 3 against the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Lehner was rock solid in Games 1 and 2, posting an impressive 1.48 GAA and .940 save percentage, but he suffered his first two losses of this postseason due to a complete lack of goal support from his teammates. The Swedish netminder will look to stay dialed in and help his team claw back into the series by stealing a win on the road Wednesday.
Lehner stopped 16 of 18 shots during Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 2.
He took a shutout into the third period and appeared to be heading for a win with Petr Mrazek (lower body) in the locker room for Carolina, but Lehner was beaten twice in less than a minute early in the final frame and the Isles never answered back. The netminder has allowed two goals or less in five straight games this postseason, but unless his teammates can give him more support -- starting Game 3 in Carolina on Wednesday -- Lehner's strong play will continue to be wasted.
Lehner will guard the home cage in Sunday's Game 2 versus the Hurricanes, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Lehner has been outstanding this postseason, and he brought that fire into the second round. In Game 1, he stopped the first 31 shots until Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal broke the stalemate in overtime to seal the 1-0 win. This was Lehner's first loss of the playoffs, and he now has a 4-1-0 record with a .958 save percentage in the postseason. If he can get some more offensive support, Lehner figures to be a strong daily fantasy option.
Lehner stopped 31 of 32 shots in Friday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Hurricanes during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.
He traded huge saves with Petr Mrazek for 64 minutes, but Jordan Staal finally got one past Lehner by the thinnest of margins -- the netminder stretched out to stop a sharp-angle shot and had the puck glance in off his skate. He still boasts a stellar 1.36 GAA and .958 save percentage through five playoff games, and Lehner will look for more offensive support on home ice in Game 2 on Sunday.
Lehner will be between the pipes for Friday's Game 1 home matchup versus Carolina, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Lehner was nearly unbeatable in the Islanders' first-round sweep of Pittsburgh, as he posted a 1.47 GAA and league-high .956 save percentage. The netminder is coming off the best regular season of his career, as he set personal bests in wins (25) and shutouts (six). In addition to nominations for the Vezina and Masterton Trophies, the Swede could be in contention for the Conn Smythe if he carries the Isles to a Stanley Cup title.
Lehner is a finalist for both the Vezina and Masterton Trophies, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
It's hard not to like Lehner's story, as he came to grips regarding past struggles with bipolar disorder and alcohol abuse in September, only to revive his career as a first-year Islander. The Swede posted six shutouts, ranked third in the NHL with a regular-season GAA of 2.13, and was second in save percentage at .930. Lehner is the odds-on favorite to win the Masterton for perseverance and dedication to hockey, though he'll need to sneak past Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy and Ben Bishop of the Stars to be considered the league's best overall goaltender from the regular season.
Lehner made 29 saves on 30 shots in a 3-1 victory against the Penguins during Game 4 on Tuesday.
Lehner allowed only three goals in the last three games of the series and was simply outstanding in his playoff debut. Patric Hornqvist tried to get Lehner off his game by engaging the goaltender in a skirmish during the second period, but that didn't work either. Lehner posted a .957 save percentage in the series.
Lehner will guard the cage in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
Lehner has been razor sharp through the first three games of the conference quarterfinals, helping his team secure a commanding 3-0 series lead by posting a superb 1.62 GAA and .951 save percentage in three starts. The Swedish backstop will look to keep rolling and help his team advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals by completing the series sweep on the road Tuesday.
Lehner turned aside 25 of 26 shots in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Penguins in Game 3.
The Pens grabbed a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but it was the only puck they could get past the unflappable Lehner. The 27-year-old now has a 1.63 GAA and .951 save percentage while leading the Isles to a 3-0 lead in the series, and he'll look to complete the sweep Tuesday in Piitsburgh.
Lehner will start between the pipes in Sunday's Game 3 road matchup with the Penguins, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Dating back toward the end of the regular season, Lehner has won seven of his last eight starts, giving up just 13 goals while posting a 1.61 GAA and .951 save percentage. New York won its first two contests versus the Penguins, where the Swede made 73 of 77 possible saves.
Lehner stopped 32 of 33 shots in Friday's 3-1 win over the Penguins for Game 2 of their first-round series.
Pittsburgh jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the second period, but Lehner stayed unruffled and made some big saves late as the Isles took control of the game. The 27-year-old netminder has been just as good so far in the playoffs as he was in his breakout regular season, and Lehner figures to be between the pipes again Sunday, when New York looks to take a 3-0 series lead in Pittsburgh.
Lehner will get the starting nod at home for Game 2 versus the Penguins on Friday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Lehner faced a barrage of rubber in Game 1, stopping 41 of 44 shots (.932 save percentage), and will need to be just as sharp Friday in order to stymie Pittsburgh's potent offense (3.31 goals per game). The netminder has appeared in just three postseason contests, all of which have been against the Penguins, and is sporting a 1-2 record and 2.78 GAA.
Lehner stopped 41 of 44 shots during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Pittsburgh never held a lead in this one in large part due to Lehner's efforts in the first 40 minutes, when the Isles were out-shot 30-22 and the 27-year-old needed to make some huge stops. Coming off the best regular season of his career, Lehner already had plenty of confidence, but notching his first playoff win should only boost it further. Expect him to be back in the blue paint for Game 2 on Friday.
As expected, Lehner will defend the blue paint at home in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Penguins, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.
Lehner ended the regular season with a bang Saturday against the Capitals, stopping all 29 shots he faced en route to his 25th win and sixth shutout of the campaign. The Swedish backstop will look to secure his first victory of the playoffs in a home matchup with a dangerous Pittsburgh team that went 21-12-8 on the road this year.
Lehner is expected to open the playoffs between the pipes for the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
This is more of an educated guess as Barry Trotz will not confirm or deny who will start in goal, but Lehner has started four of the last five games and is coming off a shutout versus the Capitals on Saturday. No matter which goaltender starts the opener Wednesday, both Thomas Greiss and Lehner are expected to see time in goal. On the season, Lehner was magnificent with a 2.13 GAA and .930 save percentage.
Lehner delivered a 29-save, 3-0 shutout win over Washington on Saturday.
It was a signature win that cemented home-ice advantage in the first round for the Islanders for the first time since 1988. The shutout was Lehner's sixth of the season. He should get the first game of the playoffs, but Thomas Greiss has been equally impressive in the Isles' platoon. We'll know more in a few days.
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