Robin Lehner misses Golden Knights practice for 2nd straight day

Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) circles the net in the second period during an NHL ...

Goaltender Robin Lehner did not participate in Golden Knights practice Saturday at City National Arena, a day after coach Pete DeBoer said he expected him to attend.

The team announced Lehner took an additional maintenance day after also missing Friday’s practice and is hopeful he will be available for Sunday’s home finale against San Jose at T-Mobile Arena.

Lehner was pulled from Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime victory over Washington at the end of the first period and also allowed two third-period goals in a costly loss to New Jersey on Monday. DeBoer was critical of Lehner’s play afterward.

Lehner has battled injuries and ineffectiveness since the middle of December, and ESPN reported Friday that he was set to have season-ending surgery on a lower-body injury.

The Knights refuted that report Friday, as general manager Kelly McCrimmon and DeBoer said Lehner was healthy enough to play and expected him to be in uniform Sunday.

Lehner has gone 2-2-1 with a 3.20 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in six appearances since he returned from injured reserve April 3.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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