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Kari Lehtonen | Goalie

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
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Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said that his goaltending has been the cause of some frustration this season.
"There's nights that he has to steal games, there's nights where he has to out-perform the other guy," Ruff said. "Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that's where the frustration is." By his own admission, Lehtonen has said that he needs to play better. His numbers are way down from where they usually are. The 31-year-old has a respectable 25-13-10 record but his goals-against-average sits at 2.97 and his save percentage is only at .905. Mar 1 - 11:01 AM

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Dallas coach Lindy Ruff was extremely critical of Kari Lehtonen following the Stars' 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado Friday night.

In fact, Ruff seemed to blame the loss entirely on Lehtonen. "I know this is hard, but the goaltending performance doesn't match the effort of the team,' Ruff said. 'You need goaltending. It's as simple as that. There's nights that he has to steal games, there's nights where he has to out-perform the other guy. Our goaltending has been tough on our team, and I think that's where the frustration is." There is no telling whether Lehtonen will get the start Sunday against Anaheim. It's not as if newly-acquired Jhonas Enroth, who has yet to win in four starts with the Stars, has been any better.
Feb 28 - 12:46 PM

Kari Lehtonen stopped 19 of 23 shots in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to Colorado.

The Stars were up 3-1 and 4-3 in the third period but they were unable to hold on for the win. Lehtonen is winless in his last three starts and he has allowed 14 goals during the streak. The 31-year-old is now 25-13-10 with a 2.97 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage in 51 games this season.
Feb 27 - 11:39 PM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

Through 50 starts this season, Lehtonen has managed to compile a 25-13-9 record despite a .906 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA. He's also posted four shutouts, 23 Quality Starts, and ranks tied for third-most with seven Really Bad Starts. Lastly, he's only beaten the Avs twice in his last 10 tries since 2011. Allowing 31 goals in the process.
Feb 27 - 5:59 PM

Kari Lehtonen isn't letting his recent struggles get to him.

"That's a great question, but that's goaltending," he said when asked what's wrong. "Some nights, things go well and some nights they don't. It doesn't change my mindset. I try to get better every day and try my best and do everything I can to be a good goalie out there." He has posted a 6.89 goals-against average in his past two appearances, but before that he was on a four-game winning streak with a 1.49 GAA. Lehtonen's inconsistency in the crease is nothing new and it doesn't make him a very reliable netminder in fantasy hockey.
Feb 23 - 11:05 AM

Kari Lehtonen gave up seven goals on 36 shots in the Stars’ 7-6 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

The Stars held a 6-4 advantage midway through the third period, and were 1:48 from winning before Pavel Datsyuk forced overtime. The Stars’ defense in front of the net remains very porous, and Lehtonen is simply too inconsistent to make up for it. He has a 2.96 goals-against average and .906 save percentage this season.
Feb 21 - 11:28 PM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start versus the Detroit Red Wing on Saturday night.

Dallas comes in sitting six points back of San Jose for the final Wild Card slot, with Minnesota and LA in between. The Stars also trail in ROW, making regulation and overtime victories increasingly paramount. Lehtonen meanwhile owns a 25-18-3 record over 49 starts with a league-leading 133 goals against.
Feb 21 - 5:34 PM

Kari Lehtonen was yanked after allowing three goals in just over 26 minutes on Thursday night in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks.

The veteran had won four straight, and surrendered the goal to Jhonas Enroth halfway through who went 9-for-9. Lehtonen is going to have to pick up his game a notch if he hopes to keep the starting job now that more depth has arrived. He is 25-13-8 with .908 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average.
Feb 20 - 12:10 AM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

Dallas comes in with 62 points in 57 games this season, four points behind San Jose and Los Angeles for the final Wild Card slot. Fortunately for Dallas, they have two games in hand on tonight's San Jose. Lehtonen meanwhile owns a 25-12-8 record in 48 starts this season, and leads the league with 130 goals against and 1435 shots against. Since 2011, he's 3-5-2 in 10 starts with 31 goals against San Jose.
Feb 19 - 7:39 PM

Kari Lehtonen put forth a solid performance against St. Louis Tuesday as he stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 4-1 victory.

The number one goaltender for the Stars has now won four straight starts and is working his way back towards his career norms. His 25-12-8 record is accompanied by a 2.83 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Feb 17 - 11:38 PM

Kari Lehtonen will get the start against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

With one game in hand, the Stars sit six points back of San Jose for the final Wild Card slot. Needless to say, the Stars need all the wins and help they can muster. Lehtonen comes in with a 24-12-8 record over 47 games while leading the league in goals against (127) and shots faced (1407).
Feb 17 - 7:46 PM

Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced in Friday's 2-0 win over Florida.

The Panthers threw a lot of rubber at Lehtonen but he was up to the challenge tonight. The 31-year-old has defeated the Rangers, Bruins and Panthers in his last three decisions. If the Stars want to make a run at a playoff spot, they will need Lehtonen to mask their defensive deficiencies. Lehtonen has a 24-12-8 record with a 2.87 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage.
Feb 13 - 11:48 PM

Look for Kari Lehtonen to get the nod on Friday.

Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. That means newly acquired backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth will probably play on Saturday, but nothing has been set in stone.
Feb 13 - 12:11 PM

Kari Lehtonen was excellent Tuesday as he blocked 41 of 44 shots in a 5-3 win over Boston.

The Stars netminder was typically busy on this night, but held firm to resist a third period charge from the Bruins. The win raises his record to 23-12-8 on the year while his GAA is 2.94 and his save percentage is .905.
Feb 10 - 9:51 PM

Kari Lehtonen is projected to get the nod on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins.

Lehtonen is coming off of a 34-save victory over the Rangers, so he'll be looking to build off of that. He has a 2.94 GAA and .905 save percentage in 45 games in 2014-15.
Feb 10 - 3:57 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
LW1Jamie Benn
2Antoine Roussel
3Shawn Horcoff
4Curtis McKenzie
5Travis Moen
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Ryan Garbutt
4Colton Sceviour
5Patrick Eaves
6Rich Peverley
7Brett Ritchie
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3Jason Demers
4Jordie Benn
5John Klingberg
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Patrik Nemeth
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Jhonas Enroth