In recent days, optimism was increasing surrounding Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner, as it was believed that he would be able to return to game action any day now from a lower-body injury. However, that may no longer be the case after Robin Lehner suffered a shoulder injury on Tuesday afternoon.
Lehner took a shot to his shoulder area during the session. It clearly wasn’t just a stinger, as he not only left the ice, but did not return. Head coach Pete DeBoer spoke briefly about the injury after practice.
“Wouldn’t be a day in Vegas Golden Knights if we didn’t have someone leave with an injury during practice,” DeBoer said. “We’ll see. I don’t know. I don’t have an update yet.”
This has been an extremely frustrating season for Lehner, who has battled injuries in what was supposed to be his shot as the Golden Knights undisputed number one netminder after management chose to trade Marc-Andre Fleury this offseason. When he has been able to play, he has been rather inconsistent, proven by his 2.77 goals against average along with his .909 save percentage in 38 games.
As DeBoer alluded to, this Golden Knights roster has had no luck when it comes to injuries in 2021-22. They have had several of their top players miss significant time throughout the season, and are currently without Mark Stone, Reilly Smith, Max Pacioretty, Brett Howden, William Carrier, Brayden McNabb, Nicolas Hague, Laurent Brossoit, and of course, Lehner.
No further updates have been given regarding the status of Robin Lehner after the shoulder injury, but that should change within the next 24 hours. The organization will be holding their breath regarding his health, as the Golden Knights are just barely clinging onto the final wild card position in the Western Conference with just 14 games to go.
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