Robin Lehner will be in goal tonight when the Ottawa Senators take on the Boston Bruins for the first of a home-and-home series against the team. The move seems a bit surprising, given the fact that Craig Anderson pitched a 27-save shutout against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
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Given that the Senators are playing in back-to-back games, it seems likely that Lehner was going to get one of the two starts anyway.
Still, head coach Paul MacLean has struggled to properly juggle his two netminders this season, derailing Lehner the last time he was on a hot streak and perhaps doing the same thing again tonight—only this time, it’s Anderson getting the bench despite pitching a shutout against the mighty Penguins.
Ottawa will only have one night off following the two games against the Bruins, and then will be right back at it on Monday against the Washington Capitals. MacLean probably already has his goaltending sequence in place, but whoever performs better against the Bruins may get into a string of games starting on Monday.