|Date of Birth||7/24/1991|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 245 lbs|
|Drafted||2009 - Rd 2 (46th Overall) by OTT|
|1||Sabres must be patient|
|2||Ducks, Evander Kane could be a perfect match|
|3||Is Evander Kane worth a new contract with the Sabres?|
|4||Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart coming up in trade talks|
|5||John Hayden drops Marcus Foligno with unreal knockout punch|
Lehner will tend the twine for Sunday's contest against St. Louis.
Despite some poor season-long stats - 2.92 GAA and .906 save percentage - Lehner has put in stellar performances as of late. Over his past two starts, Lehner allowed five goals and owned an impressive .943 save percentage. That being said, Lehner faces a tough matchup Sunday, as the Central Division-leading St. Louis Blues average 3.30 goals per game - the seventh-best mark in the NHL.
Lehner was left shaking his head in a quiet locker room after Friday's game in which he made 48 saves on 51 shots in a loss to the Blackhawks.
After dropping six of his previous seven outings, Lehner has stopped 83 of 88 shots in his last two.
Lehner stopped 48 shots but lost 3-2 in overtime against the Blackhawks on Friday.
The 26-year-old turned aside 26 shots in the first two periods alone to give the Sabres a lead, but they gave up the game-tying goal in a lopsided third period, and the Blackhawks scored the winner with five seconds left in overtime. He didn't get the victory, but Lehner was fantastic and has posted two strong games in a row, resulting in a .943 save percentage. The Sabres need this kind of performance every game in order to have a chance to win.
Lehner will defend the net from host Chicago on Friday night, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
The Blackhawks rank seventh in the league with an impressive 52.1 Corsi For percentage in 5-on-5 situations this season, meaning they're doing well when it comes to controlling the puck. Chicago is mired in a five-game losing streak, but Lehner reportedly will be countered by Corey Crawford, who's returning from an undisclosed injury. Anything can happen in today's NHL, but Lehner has been wildly inconsistent on the way to suboptimal peripherals (2.93 GAA, .906 save percentage) through 21 appearances this season.
Lehner stopped 35 of 37 shots in Tuesday's win over Colorado.
Lehner turned in an excellent showing and snapped a three-game losing streak in the process. The 26-year-old came up big on several occasions and now advances to 6-12-2 on the season with a .906 save percentage. The Sabres had really been struggling entering Tuesday, and Lehner had been no exception, so it's hard to be to be too optimistic about him right now. He sees a heavy workload. but wait for consistent play from the team before getting him in your lineup regularly.