Vegas Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer did not foresee his decision to start goalkeeper Robin Lehner in Game 1 of the second round, although Lehner was hanged dry in the night’s 7-1 loss to Colorado Avalanche. Sunday in Denver
Vegas started Marc-Andre Fleury throughout the series’ first round against Minnesota Wild, including winning Game 7 on Friday. Fleury posted a .931 save percentage in that series, while Lehner hasn’t played since a regular-season game. on May 10
“The decision to go with Robin was that Flower had only played seven games in 14 days and it was an emotional seven,” DeBoer said. by referring to Fleri’s nickname “It’s a great opportunity in our opinion to use another starter. That̵7;s our strength throughout the year. We want Robin to play and be resolute. In case we need him So there are many reasons to it.”
Vegas has a quick turnaround, while Colorado has a week between games. Thanks to Avalanche’s sweeping blues, and it shows. When Colorado looks much fresher on the ice at home.
The Golden Knights allowed 14 shots in the early days of Sunday. Despite having an average of 9.4 first-half goals scored throughout the entire Minnesota series, Lehner faced 37 shots on Sunday off 30.
“Tonight’s game is not about Robin Lener,” said Debour. “We didn’t play well enough in front of him.”
Lehner was the Golden Knights’ first key player during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, while Fleury sat on the bench. At the start of his 16th season last year, Lehner posted a 1.99 GAA, .917 percentage savings and four shutdowns
Lehner hasn’t been so smooth this season. He was gone for more than a month as he recovered from a concussion. while Sunday was the fifth time in 20 games this season. He allowed four or more doors.
Game two is Wednesday, giving the Golden Knights a much-needed two-day break.
“To be honest, if you’re 4-0 halfway down, that’s a long way to go to climb back,” said Vegas captain Mark Stone. “But we will be ready for Wednesday. There is no doubt in our group.”