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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%: 86/66 | Average Draft Position: 56.40
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10/24/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Makes 25 Saves In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves on 27 shots in Friday's shootout win over the Devils.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has now won four of his last five games, giving up 15 goals in that span. Excluding a blowout loss to the Flyers, Lehtonen has looked dynamic in the Stars' crease, providing reliable goaltending behind a potent offense. As long as he remains healthy, Lehtonen is an elite fantasy option who will rack up the wins.

10/24/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Will Start For Stars On Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen will get the start in net for the Stars on Friday against New Jersey, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has been hit and miss through five starts this season, and will bring his 2.92 GAA and a .913 save percentage into Friday's showdown in Newark. The Devils have been surprisingly potent on offense in the early stages of the season, so it's far from a safe bet that Lehtonen will turn in a respectable outing Friday.

10/21/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Stops 43 In Victory

News: Kari Lehtonen turned away 43 out of 46 pucks in Tuesday's win over the Canucks.
Analysis: Sure, he gave up three goals, but this still represents an outstanding start for Kari Lehtonen, particularly considering the amount of rubber that came his way. The Finnish netminder hasn't been able to replicate last season's dominance so far this year, but he also hasn't lost in regulation yet.

10/21/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars Roll With Lehtonen On Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen is in the net Tuesday versus the Canucks, Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen's recent history against the Canucks (4-0, 0.95 GAA over last five starts) would seem to bode well for his chances of rebounding from Saturday's six-goal debacle against the Flyers. Ryan Miller will oppose him in the opposite net.

10/21/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen In Line For Tuesday Start

News: Kari Lehtonen is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Canucks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will look to get back on track after giving up as many goals (six) in his last start as he did in his first three combined. He will take on a Vancouver squad that is currently tied for 10th in the league averaging 3.00 goals per game.

10/19/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Continues To Struggle Vs. Flyers

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up six goals on 37 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to Philadelphia. He is now 0-10-3 against the Flyers in his career.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen, who came into Saturday with two straight wins, always seems to struggle against the Flyers. Don't read too much into it; it's just one of those things that nobody can really explain. The 30-year-old is now 2-0-2 on the season with a .906 save percentage and 2.90 GAA. He is very reliable in the Stars' crease and should bounce back in the next few games.

10/18/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars To Go With Lehtonen On Saturday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars To Go With Lehtonen On Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen will make the start in goal for the Stars on Saturday against the Flyers, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen delivered an excellent outing his last time out against a potent Pens attack, stopping 27 of 29 shots en route to his second win of the season. He'll get an easier test against the flailing Flyers, though he's struggled mightily against them in his career, posting an 0-10-2 record and 3.50 goals-against average. Staying healthy remains an annual concern for Lehtonen, but if he can approach the 65 games he appeared in last season for the Stars, he'll have a good chance at finishing as a top-10 fantasy option at his position.

10/16/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Leads Stars By Pens

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 29 shots in Thursday's victory over the Penguins.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen's given up exactly two goals in each of his three starts this year, and has been rewarded with a 2-0-1 record. He should remain a reliable option in the Stars' net, as he typically has been when healthy.

10/16/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars Confirm Lehtonen As Starter Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen led the Stars onto the ice and will be the starter in goal Thursday versus the Penguins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will match up against the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury in search of his second win of the season.

10/16/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars Likely To Go With Lehtonen On Thursday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars Likely To Go With Lehtonen On Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at Thursday's morning skate and appears in line to start against the Penguins, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has been excellent in two starts with a 1.92 GAA and .934 save percentage, but he'll certainly have his work cut out for him on the road against the powerful Penguins. Pittsburgh has blasted the opposition for 11 goals in their two games, and with the Stars not lacking in offensive firepower either, it wouldn't be surprising if a shootout materialized here. Tread carefully.

10/14/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Stops 33 In Victory

News: Kari Lehtonen made 33 saves on 35 shots in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen's turned in very fine work in both of his starts to open the year and has plenty of job security as the Stars' top netminder. Roll him as long as he can stay healthy.

10/14/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Start Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice following Tuesday's morning skate, which puts him in position to start Tuesday night. He was a hard-luck loser in his first start of the season, picking up the loss despite giving up just two goals in 65:00 TOI.

10/10/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Takes Shootout Loss Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen was at the wrong end of a shootout loss Thursday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen played respectably in regulation, turning away 24 of 26 shots to at least allow the Stars to come away with a point. He'll likely be back in goal when the Stars head to Nashville for Saturday's contest.

10/9/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Start Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen is on track to start Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen suffered a mild concussion in late September, but the setback will not prevent him from taking the ice in Thursday's season opener. He will be tested out of the gate against a Chicago squad that finished second in the league in scoring last season with 3.18 goals per game.

10/2/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Returns To Ice

News: Kari Lehtonen (concussion) returned to the ice Thursday morning, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: This would seem to support coach Lindy Ruff's claim earlier in the week that his netminder was feeling fine after suffering a light concussion Monday. With Dallas' preseason schedule now concluded, expect Kari Lehtonen to be back in the net for the team's regular-season opener Oct. 9 against the Blackhawks.

9/30/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Feeling Fine

News: Kari Lehtonen felt fine Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with a mild concussion, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports.
Analysis: Head coach Lindy Ruff said Kari Lehtonen will sit out a few days, but he does not believe that Lehtonen is dealing with a serious setback. Lehtonen will need to be cleared to resume playing, but it appears he should be available for Opening Night.

9/29/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Suffers Mild Concussion Monday

News: Kari Lehtonen suffered a mild concussion during Monday's exhibition game and will be forced to stay off the ice for the next couple of days under NHL protocol, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will likely play a crucial part in the Stars' success this season, so they might ultimately play it safe and leave him off the ice even after he's cleared to play. Most importantly for the Stars, it doesn't appear that Lehtonen is in danger of missing the opener on Oct. 9.

9/29/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Expected To Play Full Game Monday

News: Kari Lehtonen will start Monday's exhibition against the Panthers and is expected to play the full game.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen was on tap to play a full contest Friday vs. the Lightning, but he was pulled after two periods upon surrendering five goals. He'll look to recover from the dismal showing, but regardless of how he performs Monday, the reality is that, if healthy, Lehtonen is poised to see one of the heaviest workloads in the league this season, with backup Anders Lindback not representing a threat to his job.

4/28/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars, Lehtonen Collapse Late In Elimination Game

Kari Lehtonen

Stars, Lehtonen Collapse Late In Elimination Game

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed the Ducks' Nick Bonino to score the game-winning goal in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss. In total, the goalie surrendered five tallies on 30 shots.
Analysis: It looked like the two teams would be headed for a decisive Game 7 with the Stars holding a 4-2 lead with five minutes remaining in the third period, but the Ducks rallied for two late scores to send the game to overtime, where Anaheim ended up prevailing. It's a devastating loss for Kari Lehtonen, who will begin the offseason wondering what went wrong in his final two games of the series. He had allowed five goals in Game 5 as well, ultimately receiving the early yank in favor of backup Tim Thomas.

4/25/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars Yank Lehtonen In Game 5 Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on 21 shots (.762) before being pulled from the crease in a 6-2 loss at Anaheim on Friday.
Analysis: He's been dreadful on the road and solid at home in this series. If that trend continues, you'll want him in your lineup for Sunday's Game 6 in Dallas.

4/25/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Will Start For Stars In Game 5

News: Kari Lehtonen will again be between the pipes for the Stars on Friday, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Barring a complete collapse, Kari Lehtonen will likely get the start in each game for the rest of the series. He played well in Dallas and the team gained some momentum, but he'll be challenged to do so in Anaheim, where he allowed seven goals in the first two games.

4/23/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Allows Two In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in Wednesday's win over the Ducks.
Analysis: The Stars evened up their Round 1 series Wednesday, as the Ducks were without Ryan Getzlaf (upper body) and Teemu Selanne (healthy scratch). Kari Lehtonen will look to continue his stellar play Friday when the series heads back to Anaheim for Game 5.

4/21/2014

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Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Blanks Ducks

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced in a shootout win over the Ducks in Monday's Game 3.
Analysis: The Stars were still outplayed and outshot, but Kari Lehtonen carried them to their first win of the series. He may need to steal a couple more games if Dallas is going to pull the series upset.

4/21/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Will Start For Stars Monday

News: Kari Lehtonen is getting the nod in Game 3, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Game 2 and will be looking to rebound as the series comes to Dallas.

4/19/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Flops Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 19 shots, as the Ducks raced to a 2-0 advantage in their first-round series with the Stars.
Analysis: Although his defense did well to limit the Ducks' shot attempts, Kari Lehtonen was outmatched by opposing goalie Frederik Andersen for the second consecutive game. He's posted save percentages below .900 in his two starts in the series.