The New Jersey Devils are a team that could use another goalie next season and Robin Lehner had a really good audition against them.
The New Jersey Devils didn’t have the best performance in the desert as the Vegas Golden Knights defeated them by a final score of 3-0. It was the 8th time that the 2019-20 Devils were shutout by their opponent. One of the main reasons that Vegas shut them out is because they are just simply a better team. They roll four good lines and three good defense pairs in front of two great goalies.
One of those goalies is Robin Lehner. He was only making his second start for Vegas following a trade that sent him over from the Chicago Blackhawks. He and Marc-Andre Fleury form one of the league’s best duos in the net. They have a serious chance to go on and win the Western Conference and perhaps the Stanley Cup with this tandem.
With that said, Chicago only signed Robin Lehner to a one year deal before trading him so he will be an unrestricted free agent again on July 1st. He is going to get a major pay increase as he has been a very good goaltender over the past two seasons. It is going to be interesting to see where he ends up because whoever gets him is getting an upgrade at the position.
That is why the Devils should be looking at him. MacKenzie Blackwood has been very good this season but it is very important in today’s NHL to be a team with two good goaltenders. That is why the Devils should make an attempt at Robin Lehner this summer. If he came in and formed a duo with Blackwood, the Devils would have a much better chance of being a good team next season.
The Devils actually have a pretty good record with Blackwood in the net but haven’t gotten it done with anyone else in the net for the most part. With them along with more development from players like Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, and Nikita Gusev, this could potentially be a much-improved team. Now, they would have to compete with other teams for Lehner’s services which makes it somewhat of a longshot. With that said, he proved last night why it is worth it to try.
Finally, the Devils are coming home. They have the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues coming to Newark for a Friday night matchup. Like Vegas, St. Louis is one of the Western Conference powerhouses so another tough matchup for the Devils. They will need a much better effort against them than they showed against Vegas.