Starting goaltender Robin Lehner has been ruled out of the Buffalo Sabres final five games of the season following successful surgery to repair his right ankle, the team announced Wednesday.
Lehner has missed the Sabres last five games. He stopped 19 of 22 shots in his last start--a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens on March 16. Lehner had a 5-9-5 record, 2.47 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 21 starts in his first season in Buffalo.
The surgery ends another injury-riddled year for the Swedish netminder. Lehner missed 42 games after sustaining a lower body injury in the Sabres season opener against Ottawa. He also missed the final three months of the 2014-15 campaign with the Senators after suffering a concussion.
Lehner was acquired from Ottawa last summer to be the Sabres starter for the foreseeable future. Though he still has not started more than 36 games in his NHL career, Lehner showed flashes of the potential that convinced Tim Murray he was worth giving up a first-round pick for. Lehner's .924 save percentage ranks sixth in the league among goaltenders with at least 20 starts.