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Kari Lehtonen | Goalie | #32

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / WPG
Contract: view contract details

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The Stars will likely still be in a job share situation in net to begin the 2016-17 season.
Probably not the news poolies want to hear. It seems as if Dallas coach Lindy Ruff is still confident with his tandem of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi despite significant inconsistency last season. Is it just us, or does a Ben Bishop trade to Dallas just make too much sense? Sep 25 - 10:58 AM

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Kari Lehtonen still can't explain what happened in Dallas' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues back in May.

Lehtonen allowed three goals on eight shots in the opening period and the Stars eventually lost 6-1. Lehtonen was replaced by Antti Niemi at the start of the second period. "That's how goaltending is, and that's why you have to stay as even-keel as you can," Lehtonen said. "That's why I'm not concentrating on that. I'm moving forward, and I feel good. That's all I can really tell you." From a fantasy perspective, the two-goalie system isn't ideal. Fantasy GMs should try to stay away from this goaltending duo.
Aug 29 - 10:03 AM

The Stars feel comfortable going into the season with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi as their goaltenders, according to GM Jim Nill.

The Dallas netminders shared time in the crease in 2015-16 and neither of them particularly shined even though they both posted 25-win seasons. The Stars should be looking for an upgrade in goal even if Nill won't admit it publicly.
Jun 25 - 4:50 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill does not plan to use a buyout on Kari Lehtonen.

"No, we're not buying him out. That last game is not a full reflection of the season," Nill told Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. "Nobody remembers the game before where he stood on his head. He's disappointed, and the team is disappointed. We finished second overall, and everybody is focussed on the playoffs. Something went right too, you’ve got to be careful." There has been some speculation that the Stars may go a different direction with their goaltending after Lehtonen and Antti Niemi proved to be wildly inconsistent throughout the 2015-16 season.
Jun 1 - 6:15 PM

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen had a rough night Wednesday and was pulled after the first period in a 6-1, series-deciding loss to the visiting St. Louis Blues.

Lehtonen made all of five saves on eight shots before Antti Niemi replaced him at the start of the second period. Niemi stopped eight of the 10 shots he faced. Lehtonen played mostly well in the postseason but this final game hurt his stats conspicuously. He wound up with a goals-against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .899.
May 12 - 12:03 AM

Kari Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following the morning skate.

Just in case you needed further evidence that Lehtonen will be Dallas' starter for Game 7 on Wednesday. He has a 2.58 GAA and .908 save percentage in 10 playoff contests.
May 11 - 11:42 AM

Kari Lehtonen is expected to be between the pipes for Game 7 on Wednesday night versus St. Louis.

He owns a 6-2 record in the playoffs with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage. Lehtonen was able to hold the fort in Game 6 with 35 saves on 37 shots.
May 11 - 8:44 AM

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen played very well in his team's 3-2 triumph over the Blues in St. Louis Monday night.

Lehtonen made 35 saves, including a number of the clutch variety, to prevent the Blues from tying the game late in regulation. The Stars stayed alive and tied the best-of-seven, second-round playoff series 3-3. Game 7 will be played in Dallas Wednesday night. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Lehtonen will of course start the deciding game. He's 6-2 in the playoffs with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.
May 9 - 11:33 PM

Kari Lehtonen is probable to start Game 6 versus St. Louis on Monday night.

He was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate. The decision to go with Lehtonen isn't surprising, as he has been in goal for five of the Stars' six wins these playoffs. Unfortunately, he also owns a 2.65 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.
May 9 - 12:56 PM

Kari Lehtonen was unable to back the Stars to a series lead as they fell in Saturday's Game 5 to St. Louis.

Lehtonen stopped just 18 of 21 shots, including a pair of penalty kills. Unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Stars fell 4-1, and now trail in the series 3-2.
May 7 - 3:32 PM

Confirming an earlier note, Kari Lehtonen will be in net for Dallas in Saturday's Game 5.

Lehtonen has stopped just 80 of 89 combined shots in four games this series, but he has a chance to help the Stars go up 3-2. So long as he's strong in net, the odds remain in his, and their, favor.
May 7 - 12:32 PM

Kari Lehtonen will probably get the start Saturday afternoon when the Stars face off against the Blues in Game 5 of their playoff series.

Lehtonen was sharp in Game 4 when he made 24 saves to help even the series 2-2. Make sure he is active early as the game is a matinee and starts at 1:00 pm EDT.
May 7 - 10:28 AM

Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves on 26 shots to steer the Stars to a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 4 on Thursday night.

Lehtonen had allowed six goals on the past 32 shots he faced, but he and the team in front of him put forth a gutsy effort to steal a road win and head back home with the series tied 2-2. Lehtonen improves to 7-4-1 in the playoffs.
May 5 - 11:29 PM

Kari Lehtonen is projected to start in Game 4 on Thursday.

As was the case on Wednesday, Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice following Thursday's practice. He has a 2.70 GAA and .903 save percentage in seven postseason contests.
May 5 - 2:39 PM

Kari Lehtonen will probably get the call in Game 4 on Thursday night.

He was the first goalie off the ice at practice on Wednesday, while Antti Niemi and Jack Campbell worked late on the ice with goalie coach Jeff Reese. Lehtonen was pulled in Game 2 against St. Louis and Niemi was yanked in Game 3.
May 4 - 4:11 PM

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G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi