Lehner back in net to face Habs

MONTREAL – Robin Lehner will make his third consecutive start in goal for the Ottawa Senators here Wednesday night as the Senators attempt to chip away at the gap between them and the Eastern Conference leading Montreal Canadiens.

Robin Lehner gets the start Wednesday night at Montreal. Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images.

MONTREAL – Robin Lehner will make his third consecutive start in goal for the Ottawa Senators here Wednesday night as the Senators attempt to chip away at the gap between them and the Eastern Conference leading Montreal Canadiens.

Lehner, 1-0-3 with a goals-against average of 1.89 and a save percentage of .947, says it’s yet another in a long line of learning experiences.

“Everything’s a test when you’re young and a goalie, but you know what? I’m enjoying it,” he said. “Every arena in the NHL has lots of people. Our building has lots of people. It’s a good atmosphere here. It’s very loud. And they pump it with their stereo a little bit, too. It’s fun. Fun to get to play today and fun to play in this league, at all.”

The Senators (13-8-5), who are coming off Monday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins, also carrying another intriguing streak into the contest. They’ve played nine consecutive one-goal games, posting a record of 4-2-3 during that span.

“For fans and coaches, I think that’s pretty stressful,” said centre Zack Smith. “Sure, we would like it to be a little less stressful. It’s no secret that we haven’t been scoring a lot of goals and our goaltending has been great, with 2-1 and 3-2 games. We’ve found ways. It would be nice to get a few more and not have to worry about going to a shootout or overtime every game.”

The Canadiens (17-5-4) have won three consecutive games, scoring 13 goals during that stretch. They have only regulation loss in their past 15 games. That stretch includes a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators at Scotiabank Place on Feb. 25, a game where the Canadiens held a 45-24 shot advantage.

“I think it will be similar (to Monday’s game),” said Senators coach Paul MacLean. “They play a similar style (to Boston), but they skate maybe a touch better than Boston does. And, points-wise, they’re the best team in the East. They’ve been a handful for us ever since I’ve been here and we don’t anticipate that to be different tonight.”

Carey Price, who has a 13-4-3 record, a 2.37 goals against average and .910 save percentage will start in the Canadiens net.

 

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