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Lehner To Make Season Debut Tonight vs. Boston

Playing a hunch?

That was the question coming out of Boston this morning when the Senators announced theyd be giving goalie Robin Lehner his first start of the year.

This start comes, of course, exactly a year to the day of Lehners first and only NHL shutout at 32-save effort against the Bruins, in Boston, on Feb. 28, 2012.

Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said the team has the utmost confidence in the 21-year-old netminder based on how well hes played for AHL Binghamton this season.

Robins had a very successful season in the American Hockey League and hes played very well in the National Hockey League last season when he played, MacLean told NHL.com. He played here and he played well. And those are a lot of the factors that go into it.

The fact that hes played very well this year in the American League gives us a lot of confidence.

Lenhers start will allow the Sens to rest Ben Bishop, whos been busy over the last while. Hes been Ottawas goalie of record in four of the last five games, allowing just six goals while recording a perfect 4-0-0 record.

On Monday, Bishop was named the NHLs third star of the week.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk



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