The Vegas Golden Knights will see goaltender Robin Lehner return on Tuesday night where they will face off against a divisional opponent in the San Jose Sharks.
Lehner, 30, has not played in the Golden Knights past five games due to an upper-body injury. There have been reports from Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff that he is dealing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. Whether or not that is actually the case remains unknown, but may become apparent on how he performs moving forward. Nonetheless, head coach Pete DeBoer seems to be confident in his netminder, indicating that he will likely start on Tuesday.
“Robin’s back, he’s ready to go,” Deboer said. “He’ll probably start tomorrow.”
While getting Robin Lehner back against the Sharks is obviously great news for the Golden Knights, he hasn’t had the season to this point that he, nor the team, had hoped for. In 34 games, he has put up a pedestrian 2.86 goals against average along with a .907 save percentage. If Vegas hopes to reclaim the top spot in the Pacific Division heading into the playoffs, they will need him to be better down the stretch. The Golden Knights have slipped to third in the division behind the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings.
DeBoer also indicated to media that both Max Pacioretty and Mattias Janmark will be out of the lineup versus the Sharks. Both players were injured in a game on Friday night versus the Arizona Coyotes, and from the sounds of things, both may need to miss additional time on top of Tuesday’s contest.
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