LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Robin Lehner will start in the net for the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Head coach Pete DeBoer made the announcement during a press conference Tuesday morning, ahead of the 7:30 p.m. game.
“I think obviously a tough decision when you have two quality starting goaltenders. The best way I can explain it… it wasn’t what Flower didn’t do. Flower was great. It’s what Robin has done since he got here,” DeBoer explained in his decision to start Lehner.
The 29-year-old goaltender was traded from Chicago to Vegas at the trade deadline earlier this year.
Max Pacioretty, who recently recovered from a minor injury, will also play in Tuesday night’s game. Due to his return, DeBoer said Tomas Nosek will be a healthy scratch for Game 1.
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The Golden Knights gained the top seed in the Western Conference after winning Saturday’s seeding match against Colorado. The VGK went 3-0-0 in round-robin play.