The next 24 hours will be rife with speculation: Should head coach Paul MacLean give Alex Auld an opportunity to take the reins, or just pass him over and hand them straight to Lehner?
Auld's done well in Ottawa at times, most memorably during his last stint with the Sens as Martin Gerber faltered and Brian Elliott hadn't proven himself as an NHL starter just yet. But Auld had a rough start to the season this year, and hasn't had many opportunities to redeem himself, so it's tough to know what to expect.
Elliott is an interested comparable to Lehner this season, in that he was expected to play the entire season developing in the AHL while more experienced guys (Gerber, Auld) took care of the NHL workload. But then the starter faltered and the backup was outplayed, so Elliott took the ball and ran with it. The circumstances are different this time around, but it's an interesting historical comparison.
Also interesting is the AHL success both Lehner and Elliott had prior to their call-up to Ottawa. Lehner hasn't been strong this year, but was the Calder Cup Playoffs MVP last year; Elliott was among the AHL's best goaltenders in 2008-09, and was named a starter to the AHL All-Star Game that year.
So, who do you want MacLean to go with: Auld or Lehner?
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