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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%: 83/59 | Average Draft Position: 56.78
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12/18/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Get Friday Nod

News: Kari Lehtonen will be between the pipes Friday against the Flames, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: There were some rumblings that backup Anders Lindback might be called upon for a spot start Friday, but Kari Lehtonen seemed to quiet that talk by submitting a shutout performance his last time out against the Canucks on Wednesday. Though the 27-save effort just barely brought his GAA under 3.00 for the season, Lehtonen might not be an awful lineup choice against a Flames squad that has dropped its last six games.

12/18/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Pitches Shutout Wednesday

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped all 27 shots in a 2-0 shutout win over the Canucks on Wednesday. It was his second shutout of the season.
Analysis: The goose egg improves Kari Lehtonen's record to 12-7-5 on the year, although his numbers (2.97 GAA, .906 save percentage) are notably worse than his career averages of 2.68 and .914. He's still one of the more talented goalies in the league and has a shot at becoming a top-10 fantasy netminder if the Stars can find a way to play more consistently moving forward.

12/18/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen In Line To Start Wednesday

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at the Stars' gameday skate and is slated to start Wednesday against the Canucks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has alternated wins in losses in his previous four December starts, continuing a trend of rather inconsistent play this season. He'll catch a bit of a break in matching up against Canucks backup goalie Eddie Lack on Tuesday, but it's still difficult to trust him at this point. The last time Lehtonen played Vancouver, he came away with a 6-3 victory during which he faced 46 shots. It wouldn't be shocking if another barnburner broke out again Wednesday.

12/14/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Rebounds With 28 Saves Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped 28 of 31 shots in Saturday's win over the Devils.
Analysis: A good bounce-back outing for Kari Lehtonen, who was pulled in his last game Tuesday after giving up three goals on 17 shots. The 31-year-old is now 11-7-5 on the season with a .902 save percentage and 3.10 GAA. While his rate stats aren't great, Lehtonen is a workhorse in Dallas and rarely gets the night off. He has allowed two even-strength goals or less in his last three starts and is likely to build off a strong performance Saturday. Keep him rolling.

12/13/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Get Saturday Nod

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus in line to start Saturday against the Devils, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has likely been stewing since Tuesday about his disastrous performance against the Jets, which saw him get pulled early after allowing three goals on 17 shots. Unfortunately, porous performances such as these have been far too common for Lehtonen, who enters Saturday's game with a 3.10 GAA and .902 save percentage over 23 games. Both of those are well below the league average, but with no reliable backup behind him, he'll continue to shoulder the load for the Stars.

12/9/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars' Lehtonen Yanked Tuesday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Yanked Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on 17 shots before being pulled Tuesday against the visiting Jets.
Analysis: A tough one for Kari Lehtonen, who's now struggled mightily in three of his last four games, giving up 14 goals in that span. To be fair, the Stars' defense is absolutely atrocious; Jussi Rynnas didn't fare any better after replacing Lehtonen.

12/9/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Receive Nod Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at Tuesday's morning skate and is thus in line to start against the Jets, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was hardly tested in his last start against the Canadiens three days earlier, facing only 17 shots, so the Stars will turn the net back to him without much hesitation. He'll have a prime opportunity to bring his season GAA below 3.00 on Tuesday against a Jets squad that ranks 27th in the league with 2.21 goals per game.

12/7/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Bounces Back In Stars Win

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped 16 of 17 Montreal shots, getting the win for the Stars on Saturday.
Analysis: That's the first time in the last three games that Kari Lehtonen has managed a save percentage over .900. He didn't face that many shots, but you'll take a .941 SV% any way you can get, especially when it comes with a win.

12/6/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars To Start Lehtonen In Goal Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen will start in goal Saturday night against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will face a tough matchup against Carey Price and the 17-9 Canadiens. The 31-year-old Finland native owns a 3.13 GAA and .903 save percentage so far in 2014-15, both of which represent drop-offs from his career averages.

12/6/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Expected To Start Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal Saturday against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has had a rough go of it of late, with five goals allowed in each of his last two starts and four or more in five of his last seven outings. Jussi Rynnas isn't a major threat, bu Lehtonen will continue to make for a shaky option until he puts together a couple of quality starts in a row.

12/3/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Allows Five Again

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up five goals for the second consecutive game Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to Toronto.
Analysis: After dropping a 5-4 decision in overtime to Minnesota last week, this was not the way for Kari Lehtonen to bounce back. The 31-year-old's difficulties getting on track this season have been hard to explain, but one thing's for sure: The Dallas defense has not been very good. Lehtonen has faced at least 34 shots in four straight games and has seen 40-plus come his way thrice in the last seven games.

12/2/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Start Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen will start Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has given up at least four goals in four of his last six starts, so the Stars will need him to get back on track quickly in order to come away with a victory against a Toronto squad that currently sits third in the league with 3.30 goals per game.

11/28/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Dallas' Lehtonen Allows Five Goals In Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up five goals on 31 shots and lost Friday in overtime 5-4 to Minnesota.
Analysis: Just when Kari Lehtonen appeared to get on a roll with a three-game winning streak, he struggled Friday. He allowed two first-period goals, but kept Dallas in the game until giving up a goal late in the third period and then overtime. It wasn't an encouraging outing as all five goals were allowed on even strength.

11/28/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Will Start On Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen, as reported earlier, was expected to start Friday's game against the Wild, and will do so, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen led the team onto the ice for pregame warm ups, and will get the start in net on Friday. Lehtonen is riding a three-game winning streak into Friday's contest, however, his 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage leave him ranked below average among No. 1 goalies.

11/28/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Likely To Start Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen is likely to start Friday's game against the Wild, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at the Stars' morning skate, so it would seem safe to reason that he'll be in the net later in the evening. He's riding a three-game winning streak that has improved his season record to 9-5-4, but his 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage still qualify as below average among No. 1 goalies.

11/26/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Stops 35 To Beat Oilers

News: Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves on 37 shots in Tuesday's victory over Edmonton.
Analysis: That's three straight wins for Kari Lehtonen now, and if he gave up four goals in one of them, well, at least he faced 41 shots in that game. All in all, he's showing good signs of getting his game on track after a disappointing start to the season.

11/25/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Confirmed For Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen led the Stars onto the ice and will be between the pipes Tuesday against the Oilers, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: Confirming what was already widely assumed, Kari Lehtonen will make his eighth straight start in goal. Viktor Fasth will man the net for the opposition.

11/25/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Lined Up For Tuesday Start

News: Kari Lehtonen is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Oilers, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate, which lines him up to start Tuesday night. He won each of his last two starts and will have a good shot at a third straight victory against an Edmonton squad that has lost six straight games.

11/23/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Holds Off Kings For Win

News: Kari Lehtonen was bombarded for 41 shots on goal Saturday against the Kings, but stopped 37 of them to escape with the victory.
Analysis: Staked to a 4-0 lead early in the second period, Kari Lehtonen nearly gave it all away before shutting out the Kings over final 9:16. Though Lehtonen was able to bring his record to three games over .500 with the victory, the Stars seem to be winning in spite of him than because of him. The netminder ranks 33rd among qualifying goalies in GAA (2.98) and 31st in save percentage (.906).

11/22/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Expected To Get Nod Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen is in line to man the crease Saturday versus the Kings, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has been incredibly inconsistent of late -- he's bookended a three-game stretch where he allowed a total of 12 goals with a shutout and an outing in which he saved 26 of 27 attempts. The shutout did come against the Kings under two weeks ago, but it still seems dicey to trust Lehtonen to submit a similarly strong performance in the rematch.

11/21/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Sharp In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen tightened up his game Thursday, stopping 26 of 27 in a 3-1 win over the Coyotes.
Analysis: Coming on the heels of two consecutive miserable starts in which he gave up 10 goals in less than five periods of play, this is a huge bounce-back effort for Kari Lehtonen. He's been well below his usual standards this year, but it doesn't help that he's been facing a ton of rubber -- more than 30 shots per game.

11/20/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Set For Thursday Start

News: Kari Lehtonen is set to start Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' website reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice following Thursday's morning skate, which lines him up to start Thursday night. He has struggled the last few weeks, but one of the two wins he picked up since Oct. 24 came in a 4-3 victory over the Coyotes on Nov. 11.

11/19/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars Pull Lehtonen Tuesday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars Pull Lehtonen Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up four goals on 16 shots before being yanked in the second period of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Anders Lindback wasn't much better in relief, but that's no huge consolation to Kari Lehtonen owners, who've seen the typically superbly consistent netminder struggle his way through this season. He's now allowed 10 goals in the last two games and taken eight losses (six in regulation) over his last 10 starts. However, Lindback isn't coming for his job, and neither prospect Jack Campbell nor offseason signing Jussi Rynnas have had huge success in the AHL this year.

11/18/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' To Lean On Lehtonen On Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen is set to start Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' website reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate, which puts him on track to start Tuesday night. He has struggled recently outside of a shutout victory over the Kings last Thursday, but he will have a nice matchup Tuesday against a Carolina squad that sits 28th in the league in scoring and has tallied just two goals over its last three games.

11/16/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Allows Six Goals In Sunday's Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed six goals on 47 shots in Sunday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Kari was sure Kari Lehtonen the goals Sunday, as he was hung out to dry against the offensively-talented Blackhawks. Lehtonen has lost two straight games, dropping to 6-5-4 on the season. Although he is starting almost every game, Lehtonen certainly hasn't been at his best lately, even if you take into account the lackluster defense in front of him. He''ll come around, as the Stars are relying on him as the backbone to their success.