Ramblings: Lehner Done for Season? Fiala on Fire, Weekend Schedule, Guy Lafleur (Apr 23)

Ian Gooding

2022-04-23

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Robin Lehner will reportedly undergo season-ending surgery to repair a lower-body injury, although Peter DeBoer has denied that report. Lehner has had a rough season with 23 wins, a 2.83 GAA, .907 SV%, and a negative GSAA (goals saved above average). Lehner was drafted on average at 19.5 in Yahoo drafts, so even without the injury he's been one of the biggest busts in fantasy leagues this season. This is a classic example of why choosing a goalie early in a fantasy draft is risky (another shoutout to the Zero G strategy).

Even if DeBoer is correct and Lehner starts Vegas's next game on Sunday, I'll probably be hanging on to Logan Thompson for the rest of the season. The Golden Knights play only four more games this season. If Lehner is in fact done for the season, Thompson should start at least three of those four games, as there are back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On a side note, no Vegas player has played all of his team's games this season. In comparison, division rival Calgary has had nine players play every game. It's easy to jump on the Golden Knights for their ruthless pursuit of every available superstar at the expense of players that have helped make them successful so early in their history. However, injuries have a lot to do with why they will probably miss the playoffs, barring the unexpected.

Although the Blue Jackets scored just once on Friday, Jack Roslovic continued his late-season run. Roslovic scored his 20th goal of the season, giving him eight goals over his last six games. He's under 20% rostered in Yahoo leagues, so I was able to add him in my roto league yesterday. As an added bonus, Roslovic blocked three shots, which is a high number for a forward.

Filip Gustavsson stopped 33 of 34 shots in the Senators' 2-1 shootout win. He has now won two games in a row, which were his first wins since mid-November.

Playing in their second game of back-to-back nights didn't slow the Minnesota Wild. Not only did Kevin Fiala extend his point streak to nine games, he also picked up five assists, a franchise record for one game. Over his past nine games, Fiala has a staggering 21 points, including nine goals. If you're going to ask me whether you should start Fiala or another player right now, I'm probably going to say Fiala.

Fiala is once again turning up the heat in the second half, scor