NEW YORK -- With Craig Anderson still nursing an ankle injury and Ben Bishop coming off a rocky outing Wednesday, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean will turn to Robin Lehner in net against the New York Rangers on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Bishop has gotten the bulk of the work since Anderson hurt his ankle against the Rangers on Feb. 21 and allowed seven goals in his next four starts. However, he gave up five goals on 28 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old has yet to win in two starts, but not for his lack of stellar goaltending. He stopped 44 of 46 shots Feb. 28 against the Boston Bruins, but lost 2-1 in overtime. Sunday, Lehner made 33 saves but lost 3-2 in a shootout.
Lehner is hoping to face Henrik Lundqvist, who started for the Rangers on Thursday and made 28 saves in a 2-1 overtime win. If they decide to give Lundqvist a second straight start, it would mean Lehner would get to face his fellow Swedish countryman and mentor.
Lehner's father coached Lundqvist in Sweden, and Lehner has attended Lundqvist's goaltending camps.
"I'm really excited," Lehner told the Ottawa Sun on Thursday. "It's almost surreal. I have lots of respect for [Lundqvist]. He's a great guy, a good goaltender. He's one of the best, if not the best in the world, so it's going to be cool."
Whether Lehner gets the chance to face Lundqvist remains to be seen. The Rangers did not hold a morning skate Friday and their lineup won’t be revealed until about 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Senators showed lines and defense pairings Friday morning, but there's no guarantee this is what the Rangers will see when the puck drops. The Senators come into this game losers of four straight while the Rangers have won four in a row.
Milan Michalek – Zack Smith – Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening – Kyle Turris – Jakob Silfverberg
Mark Stone – Mika Zibanejad – Chris Neil
Kaspars Daugavins – Jim O'Brien – Erik Condra
Patrick Wiercioch – Marc Methot
Andre Benoit – Sergei Gonchar
Eric Gryba – Chris Phillips
Scratched: Peter Regin
Injured: Dave Dziurzynski (concussion), Craig Anderson (ankle)