Lehner to make first start since season opener

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 16:54:47-05

Robin Lehner will be back in net for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in the Sabres season opening loss against Ottawa.

The netminder told reporters Friday morning after the team's pre-game skate his ankle is "still a bit sore." 

That won't stop him from taking the crease against one of the best road teams in the league, the Bruins, who are 12-5 and 3.

Injuries have been the one constant for Lehner the past year.

He suffered a concussion while with the Senators in February and missed the remainder of last season, only to be sidelined again 28 minutes in his debut for the Blue & Gold.

"I'm mostly excited right now," Lehner said.  "I'm excited to get in the game and do my job.  It's a long time coming but it's going to be fun."

Last time out against the Bruins, Jack Eichel torched his home town team with two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win.

Buffalo will look to win its third straight, while Boston will try to snap a three game skid.

"We know it's going to be a tough game and we know they're a desperate team right now, obviously we are too," the rookie said.  "You want to make a push before this All-Star break and it's going to be a big game for us tonight.  We got to have our best."

The Sabres and Bruins square off at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.




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