Kari Lehtonen G DAL 8 Days
Lehtonen was present for Wednesday's practice, but is still viewed as questionable for Friday's game against the Avalanche with a "medical issue," Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
It was a bit of a surprise when coach Lindy Ruff decided to go with Jhonas Enroth in goal for a second straight game Tuesday against the Jets, but it looks like an injury of some sort to Lehtonen guided that choice. Lehtonen's participation in practice suggests whatever unspecified issue he's dealing with is minor, but the Stars still appear inclined to take a cautious approach. Expect Ruff to clarify his goalie plans for Friday's game shortly after the Stars complete their morning skate that day.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 9 Days
For the second straight game, Lehtonen will play backup to Jhonas Enroth when the Stars play the Jets on Tuesday, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
It's not entirely clear why the Stars are going back to Enroth after he allowed six third period goals to the Wild on Sunday. There's nothing for Lehtonen owners to panic about yet.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 12 Days
Lehtonen had an awful outing Saturday, allowing seven goals on 36 shots in a loss to the Red Wings.He was sure Lehtonen the goals, that's for sure. The 31-year-old has now suffered two straight losses, surrendering 10 goals in that span. This recent funk comes after Lehtonen won four straight games, allowing just six goals in that span. That's Lehtonen this season, though, as he's been consistently inconsistent. His rate stats need improvement, but his 25-13-9 record makes him one of the more useful fantasy goalie around.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 13 Days
Lehtonen was first off the ice at Saturday's morning skate, indicating that he'll start against the Red Wings, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.Lehtonen will make a third straight start, but with Dallas playing the second game of a back-to-back Sunday, Jhonas Enroth may soon get another nod.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 14 Days
Lehtonen was yanked after allowing three goals on 17 shots Thursday in a loss to the Sharks.He only made it 6:14 into the second period, with two goals in that frame by the little-heralded Andrew Desjardins chasing him. The Finnish goalie entered the night with an impressive four-game winning streak going, but as has happened so often this year, he took a big step backward. Meanwhile, Jhonas Enroth stopped all nine in relief.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 15 Days
Lehtonen was first off the ice at the Stars' morning skate, indicating that he'll start Thursday's game against the Sharks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.Lehtonen, who will look to earn his fifth straight win on Thursday, has allowed just one goal on 65 shots over his last two starts.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 16 Days
Lehtonen allowed just a single goal on 28 shots Tuesday in St. Louis to come away with his fourth consecutive win.All of a sudden, Lehtonen's heated up, as he's earned wins against truly high-quality competition in this stretch, having defeated the Rangers, the Bruins and now the Blues -- all with .932 save marks or better. Maybe this is Lehtonen finally turning the corner, but we've seen signs of false hope from him at other times during this mediocre campaign.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 17 Days
Lehtonen was first off the ice at the Stars' morning skate, indicating that he'll start Tuesday's game against the Blues, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.The start would be Lehtonen's 48th of the season, a mark matched only by New Jersey's Cory Schneider, who is also projected to start for his team on Tuesday.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 20 Days
Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced in Friday's win over the Panthers.It was the fourth shutout of the season for Lehtonen, who advances to 24-12-9 on the season. He's now won three straight games and has played in a whopping 47 games this season -- tied for the league-lead. While he could be more consistent, his recent strong play combined with the fact he starts almost every game makes him a very reliable fantasy option in the cage.
Kari Lehtonen G DAL 21 Days
Lehtonen was first off the ice at morning skate, indicating that he'll start Friday's game against the Panthers, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.The Stars' recent acquisition of Jhonas Enroth could lead to fewer starts for Lehtonen down the stretch, but the long-time Star is set for his 47th start of the season Friday night. With Dallas playing a back-to-back, Enroth will likely handle Saturday's game in Colorado.