Player News - Stars

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Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 of 32 shots in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 1.

Lehtonen's won each of his two starts since returning as the Stars' starting goalie. The 32-year-old has a 4-1 record with a 2.01 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason. The Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be held in Dallas on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 29 - 11:19 PM

Radek Faksa scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blues in Game 1.

Faksa also picked up the primary assist on Antoine Roussel's opening goal in the second period. Faksa potted him the go-ahead goal with just under five minutes remaining in regulation. The 22-year-old has two goals and four points in seven postseason games this year. The Stars now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 goes Sunday afternoon in Dallas.
Apr 29 - 10:52 PM

Valeri Nichushkin will lead the Stars' scratches on Friday night in Game 1.

Nichushkin, who is sitting out his second straight game, will be joined by Jordie Benn, Patrik Nemeth, and Jamie Oleksiak.
Source: Steve Hunt
Apr 29 - 7:03 PM

Travis Moen will tag in for Valeri Nichushkin in Game 1 against Dallas on Friday.

In two season with the Stars, Moen has posted just 11 points with 75 hits in 57 combined games over that span. Through 78 career postseason games, he has 18 points and 112 hits. He also has a Cup to his name, playing 21 games when Anaheim took home the big prize.
Source: Steve Hunt
Apr 29 - 7:01 PM

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

It looks like Lehtonen will be the Stars' goaltender for Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues Friday night. Typically who will start in a playoff game is fairly obvious, but Dallas is a little different as the squad is open to splitting the goaltending duties to an extent, even in the playoffs.
Apr 29 - 12:22 PM

It hasn't been confirmed yet, but Kari Lehtonen will probably get the start against St. Louis when the Stars begin Round 2 of the playoffs on Friday night.

He has a 13-6-3 record in his career against the Blues along with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Lehtonen also won three games in the first round of the playoffs versus Minnesota.
Apr 29 - 9:06 AM

Tyler Seguin (Achilles) didn't join the Stars for Thursday's practice.

That's not terribly surprising, but it does further demonstrate that Seguin's return date is very much still up in the air. At the least he's expected to miss the first two games of the second round.
Apr 28 - 2:21 PM

Jason Spezza skipped Thursday's practice due to a family matter.

Spezza still skated afterwards, so this is really just an FYI in case you heard that he missed the team's practice and was wondering what happened. He's coming off a big series where he scored four goals and nine points in six contests.
Apr 28 - 2:01 PM

Travis Moen's size and experience could keep him in the lineup for Game 1 of Round 2 against St. Louis.

"He's a good, heavy body, big body," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought he played really good in the nine or 10 minutes he played in Minnesota. He's proved effective when we've gone against the bigger, heavier teams." The Blues are certainly that. Moen made his 2016 playoff debut against the Wild in Game 6. Valeri Nichushkin remains an option for the Stars as well, which could lead to scratches another for someone like Mattias Janmark or Colton Sceviour.
Apr 28 - 9:44 AM

Radek Faksa played well for the Stars down the stretch and that has continued to be the case in the playoffs.

"He was big," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'd been trying to get him all the experience we could get him this past couple of months, and he's really played well for us. We tried to keep everything as normal as possible and I just wanted to continue to play him and use him as I had been. He's been playing a big role for us in Tyler (Seguin)'s absence." Faksa contributed a goal and an assist in Round 1 against Minnesota. The Stars credit their depth with getting them this far and Faksa has meshed well with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky.
Apr 27 - 9:13 AM

As they prepare to take on St. Louis, it's worth noting that Dallas boasts an .897 save percentage as a team.

Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have combined to stop just 139 of 155 combined shots in six games against Minnesota, which suggests three important things. Dallas can still out-score their goaltending woes; they don't give up a lot of shots (eighth fewest overall); and neither veteran netminder has played well enough to cement their place in the crease. The Blues are shooting at a team-wide 9.3% along with a .929 save percentage, which ought to make for an interesting test for the Stars.
Apr 26 - 9:23 PM

Jamie Benn has scored in every Stars' playoff game so far.

Six games and a league-leading 10 points with four goals, and a pair of three-point efforts so far. All told in his career, Benn has posted eight goals and 15 points in 12 playoff games. It's worth noting that second round opponent Brian Elliott kept Jonathan Toews, Artemi Panarin, and Patrick Kane to just three goals in seven games.
Apr 26 - 9:10 PM

Tyler Seguin (Achilles) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

He isn't expected to be on the ice for the next few days as he continues to rehab from an issue related to his Achilles injury.
Apr 26 - 2:20 PM

Cody Eakin didn't attend Tuesday's practice, but it was just a maintenance day for him.

He is expected to be back on the ice for the Stars' next session. Valeri Nichushkin, who was a healthy scratch in Game 6 against Minnesota, filled in for Eakin on the top line during Tuesday's practice.
Apr 26 - 1:55 PM

Coach Lindy Ruff still has faith in Valeri Nichushkin even though he chose not to play him in Game 6 on Sunday.

"Val is working extremely hard. He hasn't had a lot of things go good for him, he hasn't had a lot of breaks," said Ruff. "He hasn't had an alley oop, he hasn't had a redirection, he hasn't had a puck go off of him. But every shift I put him on the ice, that kid works as hard as he can. This a big change for him, too. It's no different than Janmark. I've got a few guys who may be in and out. For Val, it's not about work. Things haven't come his way, but I really believe they will." He didn't have a point in five playoff games before coming out of the lineup.
Apr 25 - 5:56 PM


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