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32 Kari Lehtonen G
Height/Weight: 6-4/210 | Birthdate: 11/16/1983 | Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland | Team: Dallas Stars | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 84/62 | Average Draft Position: 56.75
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1/27/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen, Stars Exit Break With Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 26 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: That's the fourth straight game in which Kari Lehtonen's given up three or more goals, and the seventh in his last eight stats. (In the other one, he gave up two early goals and was pulled.) In short, he hasn't been very good lately, which fits right in with his general struggles this year in the ratios department.

1/27/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Starting Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen was first off the ice at Tuesday's morning skate, indicating that he'll start against the Canadiens, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen struggled in his final few games before the All-Star break, and he finished the first half with a .904 save percentage and 2.98 GAA. He still owns a respectable 19-10-7 record, with his statistics largely reflective of the distribution of his team's talent.

1/21/2015

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Lehtonen, Stars Stuck With Loss

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen, Stars Stuck With Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 27 shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Boston.
Analysis: Though he'd won two straight coming in, Kari Lehtonen's still given up 10 goals in his last three games, and in fact has finished with sub-.900 save marks while allowing three-plus goals in six of his last seven. He'll have a week to think about it now, as the Stars enter the All-Star break wallowing in fifth place in the Central Division.

1/20/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Receives Tuesday Start

News: Kari Lehtonen led the Stars on the ice for pregame warmups and will indeed receive the start in goal Tuesday against the Bruins, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen enters Tuesday's contests with a robust 19-9-7 record, but only a 2.98 GAA and .904 save percentage to show for it. The Bruins will counter with Tuukka Rask in their net.

1/20/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars Likely To Turn To Lehtonen On Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at the Stars' morning skate, which puts him on track to start Tuesday's game against the Bruins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Though Kari Lehtonen has allowed seven goals in his last two starts, he has earned back-to-back wins in that span. Tuesday's turn would be Lehtonen's 39th start of the season, a marked topped only by New Jersey's Cory Schneider (41).

1/18/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Stops 38 In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped 38 of 41 shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen's now given up nine goals in his last three starts, but they've all been Stars wins. The 31-year-old's numbers of 2.98 GAA and .904 save percentage aren't particularly impressive, but he did improve to 19-9-7 with the win.

1/18/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen In Net Sunday

News: Kari Lehtonen will start between the pipes against the Blackhawks on Sunday, Mike Heika of Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen struggled in his last outing, allowing four goals on 32 shots but received the win and improved his record to 18-9-7 on the season. He will give it another go Sunday, looking to turn it around after three straight weak performances in net.

1/17/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Surrenders Four Goals In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up four goals on 32 shots in Saturday's win over the Capitals.
Analysis: While it wasn't his best outing, at least he got the win. Kari Lehtonen had lost his past three games and had been pulled from his most recent outing against Ottawa. While he's given up a whopping 16 goals in his last four full appearances, Lehtonen still owns a solid 18-9-7 record on the season. While his rate stats are a mess, Lehtonen has played a whopping 37 games this season, so the workhorse is a safe bet if all you're searching for is wins and the odd shutout.

1/17/2015

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars' Lehtonen On Track To Play Saturday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen On Track To Play Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen is in line to start Saturday's game against the Capitals after leaving the ice first during morning skate, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was given a breather during the Stars' last game Thursday against Winnipeg, with backup Anders Lindback picked up a rare start. It was probably a good time for Lehtonen to hit the reset button, as he's been utterly dreadful lately, stopping just 83 of 97 shots (.855 percent) over his last four starts. He probably shouldn't be trusted to come through with a respectable outing against a surging Capitals squad.

1/13/2015

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars' Lehtonen Gets Early Hook Tuesday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Gets Early Hook Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen was yanked from Tuesday's game against Ottawa after allowing two goals on five shots in the first 10:30, and the Stars ended up coming back to earn a 5-4 win in support of backup goalie Anders Lindback.
Analysis: Lindback played very well in Kari Lehtonen's place, stopping 34 of 36 shots, which is frankly surprising, considering how rough the Stars' backup goalie has been this year. Lehtonen, meanwhile, has been a horror show of late, having posted save marks of .875 or worse in four consecutive starts. He turns in the occasional hope-generating gem, but has largely been a drag on fantasy rosters except in terms of wins.

1/13/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Set For Tuesday Start

News: Kari Lehtonen is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Senators, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' website reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice following the Stars' morning skate, which sets him up to start Tuesday night. He will square off against an Ottawa team that scored more than two goals in just three of its last nine games.

1/11/2015

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Third Straight Loss For Stars' Lehtonen

Kari Lehtonen

Third Straight Loss For Stars' Lehtonen

News: Kari Lehtonen let his team down again Saturday, giving up four goals on 30 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Analysis: After rattling off four straight wins from Dec. 27 to Jan. 3 that helped get the Stars within a stone's throw of a playoff spot, Kari Lehtonen has laid an egg in three straight losses since, posting save percentages of .868, .875 and .867. The guy possesses the raw talent to be a top-tier fantasy goalie but has driven owners crazy with his wild inconsistency this season, and simply can't be relied upon for regular production the way the Pekka Rinne's, Carey Price's and Henrik Lundqvist's of the world can, to name a few. In 35 appearances this year -- all of which have been starts -- Lehtonen is now 17-9-7 with a 2.91 GAA and a .906 save percentage, both of which are worse than his career marks of 2.68 and .914.

1/10/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Getting Saturday Start

News: Kari Lehtonen will be in goal for Saturday's matinee matchup with the Avalanche, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: After posting save percentages above .930 for three games in a row, Kari Lehtonen has since reverted to the poor form he's showed through most of the season, submitting percentages of .868 and .875 over his last two outings. Lehtonen has been one of the more frustrating goalies to own for his hot-and-cold tendencies, and since it's been more of the latter lately, it might be a good idea to park him on your bench Saturday.

1/8/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Another Unimpressive Game For Stars' Lehtonen

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 24 shots in Thursday's loss to the Predators.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen can't seem to get out of his own way, as he's now turned in two unimpressive overtime losses in a row on the heels of a four-game winning streak that had been providing some optimism. He's devolved into a lower-end fantasy goalie.

1/8/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Draws Nod Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen will be in net for Thursday's game against the Predators, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen received a rare rest for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, which came on the heels of his four-game winning streak ending Sunday versus the Blackhawks. The netminder's improved play of late makes him a more reliable option than he had been in previous weeks, but he'll be hard-pressed to get back in the win column Thursday, as the Predators have been one of the Western Conference's strongest outfits all year long.

1/4/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Comes Back Down To Earth

News: Kari Lehtonen surrendered five goals on 38 shots in Sunday's overtime loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Not the best night for Kari Lehtonen, who lost for the first time in five games. Although he did allow five goals to Chicago, the 31-year-old has occurred just one regulation loss in his past nine games, making him one of the more reliable goaltenders around. We wouldn't worry about this one, as Dallas always seems to struggle when playing Chicago, losing 11 0f their last 12 games against the Hawks. The Stars are surging, posting an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games, making Lehtonen a great fantasy option whenever he gets the nod.

1/4/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Starting Sunday Night

News: Kari Lehtonen will start Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen is looking for a fifth consecutive win, following Saturday's 7-1 trouncing of the Minnesota Wild. The Finnish netminder has a solid 17-8-5 record, but his .909 save percentage and 2.80 GAA are less than sterling. He's been excellent over the last four games, stopping 111-of-117 shots for a .940 save percentage.

1/4/2015

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars' Lehtonen Picks Up Fourth Straight Win

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Picks Up Fourth Straight Win

News: Kari Lehtonen remained hot Saturday, turning away 21 of 22 shots in a blowout win over Minnesota.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has been a beast of late, winning four straight games and stopping 111 of 117 shots in that span (.940 save percentage). With a 17-8-5 record on the season, the 31-year-old workhorse has been one of the more reliable fantasy options in net. While his overall rate stats could use improvement, Lehtonen and the Stars are trending upwards, now sitting just four points back of eighth place in the Western Conference. Lehtonen should be in your lineup every night he's in action.

1/3/2015

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars' Lehtonen To Get Saturday Nod

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Get Saturday Nod

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the crease Saturday against the Wild, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen if the Stars will lean on Kari Lehtonen for both ends of their weekend back-to-back, but with another strong showing Saturday night, he would likely make coach Lindy Ruff's decision an easy one. Lehtonen has won six of his last eight starts to push his record to 16-8-5 for the season, with his most recent outing being a 32-save blanking of the Coyotes.

1/1/2015

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Pitches Shutout Wednesday

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped all 32 shots sent his way in Wednesday's 6-0 beatdown of the visiting Coyotes.
Analysis: This was Kari Lehtonen's third goose egg of the year and sixth win in his last eight starts, suggesting that Dallas could very well be back on track after a poor start to the season. There's no doubt that the Finnish netminder possesses world class talent between the pipes, so if he can stay healthy and the Stars' D can keep their porousness to a minimum, Lehtonen could be in line for a massive second half. To date, he's recorded a 16-8-5 record to go with a .908 save percentage and 2.86 GAA.

12/31/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Start Wednesday

News: Kari Lehtonen is set to start Wednesday's game against the Coyotes, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has not been spectacular this month, but his outcomes have still been good, as he's posted a 6-3-0 mark in 10 starts. He will take on an Arizona squad that he has already knocked off twice this season.

12/29/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Bests Rangers Monday

News: Kari Lehtonen won for the second straight start Monday, stopping 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 home win over the Rangers.
Analysis: The Finnish workhorse has quietly amassed five wins in his last seven games, dragging Dallas within striking distance (six points) of a Western Conference wild card spot. Kari Lehtonen's save percentage is finally above .900 again at .905, while his GAA is back down below 3.00 at 2.96, so there's plenty of reason to be optimistic about Lehtonen making the jump from good to great on a Stars team that has largely underachieved this season.

12/29/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Starting Monday

News: Kari Lehtonen will start in net Monday against the Rangers, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen is currently 14-8-5 on the season, and will make his 30th appearance Monday. He has been less than stellar so far this year, leading the league with 83 goals allowed.

12/28/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Makes 30 Saves In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves on 33 shots in Saturday's win over the Blues.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen is now 4-1-0 in his last six appearances, giving up 14 goals in that span. The 31-year-old is 14-8-5 on the season, with a .904 save percentage and 2.99 GAA. While he gets the call almost every night for Dallas, the Stars have allowed a whopping 113 goals-against this season, with the disastrous Oilers being the only other team to yield more. Lehtonen is a great fantasy option if you're looking for wins, but if you want solid rate stats, don't expect impressive totals from Lehtonen.

12/28/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Draw Start Vs. Blues

News: Kari Lehtonen will be in the crease Saturday versus the Blues, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen owns a 10-4-2 record and 1.99 GAA for his career against the Blues, but that can probably be thrown out the window given the netminder's vexing inconsistency this season. He's followed up strong outings with horrible ones with regularity, and with the Stars coming off a three-day holiday break, it's difficult to know what to expect from Lehtonen. It's probably best for fantasy owners to keep the goalie on their bench Saturday if less risky alternatives exist.