Robin Lehner will get the nod to start in net for the Ottawa Senators tonight when they face off against the Detroit Red Wings for the final time this season.
Lehner will start because Craig Anderson, the Senators’ regular starter, spent the last couple of days in Florida for the birth of his second child. The Senators also called up Andrew Hammond from the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. Hammond will back up Lehner tonight.
Lehner has played in 23 games this season, amassing a record of 7-10-3. He has one shutout, a goals against average of 2.82 and a save percentage of .922.
Lehner is still the Senators goalie of the future, but the play of Anderson has kept Lehner in a back-up role. Anderson still has one more year left on his contract so it looks like Lehner will have to wait at least that long to get a full chance at the starting job in Ottawa.
The Senators are going to be a busy team for the rest of the season. They have a total of 23 games between now and the end of the season. In that time, the Senators take part in six separate back-to-back situations and all them are connected to a three game in four nights scenario.
It looks like that Lehner will be getting his fair share of starts in the next month or so. With the Senators being three points behind the Red Wings for the second wild card spot, tonight’s start is what the Senators need him to focus on. If they want to stay in the playoff race, tonight’s game is a must-win.