On Thursday, the Buffalo Sabres recalled Robin Lehner back to the active NHL roster for the first time since October. And then on Friday, the team declared that Lehner would start his first game since suffering a high ankle sprain.
Head coach Dan Bylsma confirmed it to reporters just after the morning skate: Lehner will be in net against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on Friday night.
It's been a long road back for the goaltender, having played only 28 minutes of the season in which he was trying to prove himself worthy of being the Sabres' longterm answer between the pipes. Almost halfway through the season opener against Ottawa, Lehner suffered a high ankle sprain that would keep him out of game action for over three months.
Bylsma, while adding that it was unlikely for the team to use Lehner for both games of the back-to-back schedule on Friday and Saturday, but, he didn't rule it out completely. The Sabres will take on the Bruins, with opening faceoff scheduled for 7 pm.
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