Lehner allowed two goals on 38 shots in the Sabres OT loss in Boston on Saturday. The loss snapped a brief two game winning streak for Lehner, who is 2-3-1 with a 2.17 GAA and .940 SV% in six starts since returning to the Sabres’ crease. Tonight he faces a hot Panthers team coming off of a loss last night and could be without star centre Aleksander Barkov.
Johnson allowed five goals on 32 shots in the Sabres loss in New York on January 25th. Robin Lehner started the last two games, including last night in Montreal, so they will turn to Johnson tonight on home ice. It will be his second start against his former team—in the first meeting he allowed three goals on 33 shots in a 6-3 win.
Lehner allowed two goals on 36 shots in the Sabres win in Ottawa last Tuesday. It was Lehner’s first win of the season, but he has played very well since returning to the crease. In four games since getting back, Lehner is 1-3-0 with a 2.27 GAA and .938 SV%. He has a chance to make it two in a row when he takes on a Habs team that hast lost three in a row and are 1-7-1 in their last nine.
Deslauriers (lower-body) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Deslauriers has been out since January 2nd with a lower-body injury, but will be back in the lineup on Wednesday. Deslauriers has averaged just 9:39 TOI and posted seven points (3G / 4A) in 38 games this season.
Gorges (upper-body) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Gorges missed three games prior to the All-Star break, but is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday. Gorges has picked up just seven points (1G / 6A) in 45 games this season, so he is no where near the fantasy radar.
Lehner allowed two goals on 44 shots in the Sabres loss to the Red Wings on Friday. He has lost three straight games since returning to the crease, posting a 2.36 GAA and .936 SV% in the process. Tonight he will face the Senators, the team he played for from 2010-15. Ottawa has gone 3-4-0 in their last seven games.
Girgensons (upper-body) has been activated from IR; expected to play Tuesday.
Girgensons missed the last four games but will return to the lineup on Monday vs. the Rangers. Girgensons, who has just three goals and five assists in 40 games this season, will skate on the second line with Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson.
Johnson stopped 26 of 27 shots in the Sabres win in Arizona last Monday. Robin Lehner started the last two games, but Johnson will go tonight having won his last two starts while stopping 59 of 61 shots (.967 SV%). Tonight he will make his 15 road start of the season—he has gone 6-8-0 with a 2.60 GAA and .919 SV% in cities not named Buffalo this season.
The Sabres have recalled Cal O'Reilly from Rochester (AHL).
O’Reilly had one assist in two games with the Sabres earlier in the season and is expected to be back in the lineup tonight with Sam Reinhart sidelined. O’Reilly has 23 points (4G / 19A) in 35 games with Rochester.
Reinhart (upper-body) is expected to miss about one week.
Reinhart suffered an upper-body injury on Wednesday and will miss at least one week as a result. With Reinhart out, the Sabres have recalled Cal O’Reilly and Matt Moulson is expected to play on the top line.