OTTAWA - Since he joined the Buffalo Sabres back in the summer of 2015, Robin Lehner has shown a knack for playing well against the team that drafted him. In nine games against the Ottawa Senators, Lehner has gone 5-0-2 with a .955 save percentage and 1.39 goals-against average.
Phil Housley took those numbers into account when choosing his starter on Thursday, and while some thought was given to sticking with Chad Johnson after he earned a win over Tampa Bay, it will be Lehner who gets the nod in Ottawa once again.
The Sabres enter the night with points in nine-straight games against the Senators, with a 7-0-2 record in that span. Given where the Senators are at in their season, Lehner said not to expect a 10th-straight point to come easy.