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Lehner ready for return to Ottawa

KANATA, Ont. -- Robin Lehner was shaking hands a cracking jokes in the hallway. He still has a core group of friends on the Ottawa Senators. He played with at least six of seven of them as they came of age in the AHL.

But Lehner is confident he'll get any emotions in check as the Sabres play their last game before the All-Star break in the Canadian Tire Centre Tuesday night.

"Yeah right now yes it will be," Lehner said about the game being emotional "but I try to manipulate myself a little bit before I get on the ice and try to approach it as a normal game but it will probably be a special feeling. It’s been awhile now, it’s starting to get over with."

Would knowledge of the players give him an edge in facing Ottawa's shooters?

"It actually might be a little tougher because they know I know and I know they know," Lehner said. "Where they usually go they might not go so will be a little mind games especially with some of my close friends."

As far as deciphering Lehner's demeanor, "try not to read too much into it," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I know he talked more than once about coming back here to play in this game and certainly I know he’s excited to be in the net tonight and be against his old team."

Bylsma said the lineup will stay the same from Monday's loss in New York, meaning Josh Gorges is still out with an upper body injury.

 

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