Lehner hopes to impress with full game against Leafs

The Ottawa Senators’ goalie of the future (no pressure or anything) will get his first full preseason start against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.

Lehner hopes to impress with full game against Leafs
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators’ goalie of the future (no pressure or anything) will get his first full preseason start against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night.

Robin Lehner will play all 60 minutes because Mike Brodeur, who was scheduled to split the contest, is suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Lehner, who played the second half of two preseason games last season, said he’ll benefit from hopping right into the action after warmups this time.

But he pointed out that, as a whole, this training camp has been much tougher than the last one.

“I think (there are) a lot of good players this year, the competition is really good and the intensity is pretty sick,” he explained. “I’ve never been at practice this hard and it’s so fun to go out there.”

Coach Cory Clouston called Lehner a “big, good goaltender” who has had a good camp so far, adding he’d like to see a good performance in Toronto.

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Another player to keep an eye on is Nick Foligno, who aspires to be a top-six forward spot on an already crowded left wing.

Clouston said Foligno is in better shape than he was at this time last season and has clearly matured over the year.

“His attitude, I think, is outstanding and we’re looking forward to seeing him in games,” the coach added. “Like I said, he’ll get a real good opportunity and he’s going to be a big part of this team.”

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