Lehtonen allowed just one goal on 21 shots in Friday's 6-1 victory against the Sharks. After a rough February the veteran goaltender has bounced back nicely in March. He has allowed a total of just eight goals over his past five starts, winning three of those outings. Lehtonen has reemerged as a decent No. 2 fantasy option down the stretch.
Lehtonen led his team onto the ice for warmups, indicating he will start Friday night's game against the Sharks. Lehtonen makes his second start in as many nights, as he is a better option than Antti Niemi by several metrics. He'll go for his third win in his last five starts against a San Jose squad that is averaging just 2.27 goals per game in March.
Lehtonen made 24 saves in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks. Lehtonen was outdueled by counterpart Corey Crawford, who stopped 42 shots through overtime and two of three Dallas shootout attempts. Patrick Kane beat the veteran Finn in both regulation and the shootout, while Artemi Panarin potted the game-winner in the skills challenge. Lehtonen is 2-1-1 with seven goals allowed in his past four starts, which represents a fantastic improvement after he failed to last even 30 minutes in any of the three outings before this stretch.
Lehtonen will defend the crease for Thursday night's game in Chicago. Over his last three starts, Lehtonen is the owner of a .939 save percentage and 1.68 GAA, both of which are light years better than his season averages. However, he'll have to face one of the NHL's elite Thursday, as the Blackhawks are currently in the running for the President's Trophy and boast 3.09 goals per game in March.
Lehtonen turned aside all 30 shots in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Sharks on Monday. It was the second shutout of the season for the Finnish netminder, who was rather impressive in slamming the door on one of the league's most potent offenses. Lehtonen has bounced back admirably after being pulled in three straight games, earning two wins while allowing five goals combined in his last three starts.
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