With Senators’ starting net-minder Craig Anderson out of tonight’s contest due to an ankle sprain, backup goaltender Robin Lehner got the start for the sixth time this season. Lehner was outstanding, only surrendering a single goal to Jets’ defenseman, Zach Bogosian on a Ron Hainsey pass.
Lehner has yet to lose in regulation this season. In his last six-games, the Gothenburg, Sweden native is 2-0-4 with a 1.90 goals against average and a .946 save percentage. The 46th overall pick in 2009 has only given up three goals once this season and was able to hold the Jets to only one.
In his NHL career, Lehner is 6-6-4 with a 2.47 GAA and .924 save percentage. However, he has spent most of his time in the American Hockey League.
While the Senators’ number one goaltender out with an injury, the team has had to rely on their backup goalies to fill in and they have done well. In addition to Lehner, former University of Maine product Ben Bishop has also started nine games. Both goaltenders have performed well in Anderson’s absence. However, tonight’s starter has been the better goalie.
The Senators are one of the surprise teams of the 2012-13 season, but it’s unsure when Anderson will return. However, the team is happy to have two capable backups to fill in while he is out.
The Senators will face-off against the New York Islanders on Tuesday and will look to extend their winning streak to three-games.