Robin Lehner's Blackhawks career has gotten off to a stellar start. The 28-year-old's 2.38 goals against average is No. 7 in the NHL and his .938 save percentage is No. 1.
One area where Lehner struggles is in shootouts — he's lost 22 of his 30 career appearances, allowing 47.8 percent of shot attempts to score. This includes Saturday against the Dallas Stars, who scored on both of their attempts against Lehner.
After the game, Lehner — who made 40 saves in regulation/overtime — admitted he struggles in shootouts. He's struggling to figure out why, however.
"I'm not very good at them. I don't seem to make the save in the shootout and I do on the breakaways," Lehner told reporters in Dallas. "It's a little bit different in speed for me, but it's what it is. Never been good at it. I've tried to do a bunch of different things, but it's what it is. I don't have an answer for you."
Lehner expanded on this Sunday on Twitter, saying his issues aren't mental and inviting hockey "experts" (tongue in cheek comment) to provide him with an answer for his shootout woes.
All the experts in the media on what my new shootout strategy should be:) I’m all ears. The shootout is not hockey so I gotta learn this sport somehow and hopefully one of the experts can help me as all my goalie coaches haven’t been able to yet. Sabres fans would love to hear— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) November 24, 2019
Buffalo sports columnist Mike Harrington tweeted about Lehner's 0-for-2 shootout outing on Saturday. Lehner then called on Harrington to try and make a save, obviously in sarcastic nature.
Make a save— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) November 24, 2019
This back-to-back bled into Sunday:
I got nothing. Just a weird anamoly. I’d like to see 3-on-3 expanded and maybe SO dropped altogether.— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) November 24, 2019
Keeping you on your toes...heh.— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) November 24, 2019
Here's to hoping Lehner gets on the right track in shootouts soon.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.