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Kari Lehtonen | Goalie | #32

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 209
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / WPG
Contract: view contract details

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It wouldn't be surprising if Kari Lehtonen isn't back with the Dallas Stars for the 2018-19 campaign.
Lehtonen had some good patches this season and his 2.56 GAA and .912 save percentage in 37 contests aren't bad numbers. However, his inconsistency might have soured the Dallas Stars to him, especially when coupled with his struggles in recent years. If Dallas does re-sign him though, it would involve him taking a substantial pay cut from his expiring five-year, $29.5 million contract. Either way, Ben Bishop will enter the 2018-19 campaign as the team's starter. May 11 - 5:27 AM

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Kari Lehtonen made 34 saves in a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Lehtonen earned just his third victory in his last 12 games for the Stars on Saturday night. The Finn's season record for 2017-18 is 15-14-3 with a 2.56 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Apr 8 - 2:16 AM

The Dallas Stars will have Kari Lehtonen in goal for tonight's regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Stars fell apart down the stretch of the season, losing 10 of their last 13 games to miss out on the post-season. Lehtonen is not a recommended start in fantasy games for tonight's slate of games. He has a 14-14-3 record with a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage this season. The 34-year-old netminder is an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season and tonight's start is expected to be his last in a Dallas Stars uniform.
Apr 7 - 1:54 PM

Kari Lehtonen will be the backup goalie on Friday night.

Dallas will start Mike McKenna, who entered Tuesday's game in relief after Lehtonen suffered an upper-body injury. Lehtonen practiced on Thursday and he is good to go. He could be back in the crease for Saturday's regular-season finale.
Apr 6 - 11:01 AM

Kari Lehtonen (upper body) is expected to be available for Friday's game against Anaheim.

Lehtonen was forced to leave Tuesday's game due to an upper-body injury, but afterward coach Ken Hitchcock said the netminder was healthy. Mike McKenna may get the nod, though, as he played very well in relief during a 4-2 win over San Jose.
Apr 4 - 11:03 AM

Kari Lehtonen suffered an upper-body injury in Tuesday's game at San Jose.

Lehtonen allowed two goals on 14 shots before leaving. Mike McKenna finished up and stopped all 17 shots he faced. After the game head coach Ken Hitchcock said Lehtonen is healthy and is ready to return, so that's the good news. The bad news is that McKenna played well and the coach said the backup has earned a possible start.
Apr 4 - 3:11 AM

Kari Lehtonen will start Tuesday's match against San Jose.

Lehtonen is expected to start Dallas's remaining games, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. He is coming off a 33-save, 4-1 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Lehtonen has 14-14-3 record this year with a 2.54 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Apr 3 - 3:49 PM

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start the last three games of the regular season.

Lehtonen has had an inconsistent season, but he has won two of his last three outings. Ben Bishop isn't expected to return from a knee injury that has sidelined him since Mar. 18.
Apr 2 - 2:59 PM

Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves in a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Despite the win, the Finnish netminder still only has two wins in his last 10 games for Dallas. Lehtonen's record improves to 14-14-3 with a 2.54 GAA and a .912 save percentage.
Mar 31 - 11:28 PM

Kari Lehtonen will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

He's coming off a 17-save performance in a 5-2 loss to the Wild on Thursday. Lehtonen has a 13-14-3 record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season.
Mar 31 - 12:12 PM

Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 21 shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

The Stars scored the first goal of the game thanks to captain Jamie Benn, but they gave up the next three goals and were never able to recover. Lehtonen has now dropped eight of his last nine games and he's allowed three goals or more in seven of those contests. He has a 13-14-3 record with a 2.59 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this season. The Stars aren't mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, but they're done like dinner.
Mar 29 - 11:03 PM

Kari Lehtonen is expected to be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

The Stars will likely have to win out just to have a chance to qualify for the playoffs. Lehtonen has a 13-13-3 record with a 2.54 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage. He's coming off an OT win over the Flyers, but he's dropped seven of his last eight decisions.
Mar 29 - 5:16 PM

Kari Lehtonen allowed just two goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory against the visiting Flyers.

Lehtonen allowed a first period goal and a second period goal. However, he faced a 14-shot barrage in the third period and was able to stop each of the attempts, and he was not tested in a quick overtime which went the way of the home team. The Finnish veteran put the brakes on a personal seven-game losing streak dating back to March 9.
Mar 28 - 12:42 AM

Kari Lehtonen will start Tuesday night against Philadelphia.

Lehtonen hasn't posted a victory since Mar. 9, while losing each of his last seven decisions (0-6-1). He has a 12-13-3 record this season with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.
Mar 27 - 12:50 PM

Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 26 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Canucks on Sunday.

Lehtonen now has four straight regulation losses as his record dropped to 12-13-3 this season with a 2.55 goals against average and .911 save percentage.
Mar 25 - 10:25 PM

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G1Ben Bishop
2Kari Lehtonen