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Bylsma on Lehner: 'We're going to keep riding that guy'

The Sabres are going to play on back-to-back days. It wouldn’t be a shock to see Robin Lehner start both.

The goaltender has skated to the Buffalo crease five straight times. He’s started nine of 10 and 11 of the last 13. He’s done well. Since Jan. 21, Lehner is 6-4-1 with a .937 save percentage and two shutouts.

While Anders Nilsson may get the call Saturday against St. Louis or Sunday against Chicago, coach Dan Dan Bylsma could go back-to-back with Lehner knowing the Sabres will be off for five days with their bye.

“We’ve had a chance to kind of give Robin the net a little bit more in the last two weeks,” Bylsma said Friday in HarborCenter. “He’s handled it really well. He’s gotten better and better really over the last few games. He’s been in control, controlled more rebounds and been in control in those tight-in situations.

“We’re going to keep riding that guy going forward. Every one of these games is a huge game for us. We’re going to see Robin in there quite a bit.”

Since delivering a harsh assessment of the Sabres following Sunday’s loss to Vancouver, Lehner is 2-0 with a .969 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average.

“He’s played well since he came out and said that, and it’s definitely good to see,” right wing Kyle Okposo said.

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