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NHL Buzz: Lehner sent to Vegas to be evaluated for lower-body injury

NHL Buzz: Lehner sent to Vegas to be evaluated for lower-body injury
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Vegas Golden Knights

Robin Lehner will be evaluated for a lower-body injury and will not play for the Golden Knights at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 pm ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE).

“We sent him home for some tests,” Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said. “Not upper body. (It) was last time. This isn’t upper body.”
Lehner made 19 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and had started four of the past five games for Vegas since returning from an upper-body injury that caused him to miss five games.

Lehner is 21-15-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout in 38 games this season.

Laurent Brossoit will start against the Sabres and Logan Thomas will be the backup.

Forward Rilly Smith will not play against the Sabers because of an undisclosed injury.

Los Angeles Kings

Mikey Anderson is week to week for the Kings because of an upper-body injury.

The defenseman was injured in a collision with Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during the first period of the a 3-2 overtime win on Monday. He was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

“Overall we feel pretty good about depth on the blue line,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “Jacob (Moverare) has played, (Jordan) Spence will get an opportunity after playing very well at the American League level; we’ve got to see where he is at the National Hockey League level. (Austin) Strand, (Christian) Wolanin, others down [in Ontario of the American Hockey League] have been able to pinch hit and each one of them provides something a little bit different than the other. As we go forward without Mikey, we’ll be looking at the ingredient for a certain night or a certain team and make decisions going forward.”

McLellan said forwards Brendan Lemieux and Viktor Arvidsson also are week to week.

Lemieux, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Friday, has missed two games because of a lower-body injury sustained during the first period of a 4-3 overtime win at the Columbus Blue Jackets that night.

Arvidsson missed one game because of a lower-body injury sustained during the third period of a 3-0 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
Anderson has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) and averages 20:55 in ice time in 55 games. Arvidsson is second on the Kings in goals (18) and points (38). Lemieux has scored 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 44 games. — Dan Greenspan

st. Louis Blues

Scott Perunovich will have surgery on his left wrist and the defenseman will be re-evaluated in eight weeks.

Perunovich last played Feb. 26, with Springfield of the American Hockey League. He had six assists in 19 games with the Blues and last played Jan. 15th.


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