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Golden Knights place G Robin Lehner, F Reilly Smith on IR

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Oct 29, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) congratulates Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) after the Golden Knights defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 in a shootout at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Vegas Golden Knights placed goalie Robin Lehner and forward Reilly Smith on injured reserve Monday, adding more bad news for a team that has dropped into fourth place in the Pacific Division while on a four-game losing streak.

Lehner, 30, left the team and returned to Las Vegas after Tuesday’s 2-1 road loss against the Philadelphia Flyers. He had 19 saves in the defeat, which was the first loss in the current four-game slide.

Lehner is 21-15-1 this season with a .909 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average. The veteran of 12 seasons has a career .917 save percentage and a 2.70 goals-against average over 358 career games (339 starts).

Smith, 30, also was injured in Tuesday’s game and is not with the team as it gets set to face the Winnipeg Jets on the road Tuesday following Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The specifics of his injury have not been disclosed.

Smith has 38 points and 16 goals in 56 games this season. The veteran of 11 seasons, who is in his fifth season with the Golden Knights, has 174 career goals and 417 points in 686 games.

–Field Level Media