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Lehner ready for his first game action since his February concussion

Robin Lehner didn't hesitate.

When asked Tuesday morning how good it will feel to get into a game in the near future, he didn't hesitate.

"I play tomorrow," Lehner said definitively.

The native of Gotehnburg, Sweden will make his Buffalo Sabres debut Wednesday night in the preseason home opener against his former team, the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. in First Niagara Center.

Lehner wasn't thinking too much about facing his old team. He was thinking mostly about getting back in a game.

"It’s a little weird but I’ve got to approach this like any other game and just do my best," said Lehner who was a second-round draft pick of the Senators in 2009 and played his 86 NHL games over five seasons for Ottawa.

His focus has been getting his groove back in net. He suffered a concussion in a game against Carolina on Feb. 16 and hasn't played since.

"Right now I’m in camp just trying to get better every day and work on a few things," Lehner said. "I was away from the ice for a while and I feel really good on the ice so I feel I’m making progress every day. That’s all I’m worrying about right now in camp and trying to prepare myself for the first game.

"It’s a few things left but I feel … I’m ahead of what my expectation was and I feel pretty good."

Sabres fans will get their first look at the 6-5, 225-pound goalie who likes to talk on the ice. A lot. He calls it being a "third eye" for the defensemen and noted the players in front of him could talk more, but that skill will come as players get to know each other and their new lines and defensive pairings.

As for Lehner, his goal for Wednesday night is to translate his successes from practice into a game situation.

"Honestly I just go out and start getting into games," Lehner said. "I have no expectations really. I just, I want to win like always but also realize that camp is a little different for me this year, getting back to things getting back to games and game situations. I feel really good in practice and I felt good last scrimmage but every day a little bit better."

 

 

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