Kari Lehtonen

#32 G / Dallas Stars / EXP: 11YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 210 lb Age: 32 College: None

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Might continue goalie timeshare in 2016-17

    Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he plans to continue deploying a two-goalie system comprised of Lehtonen and Antti Niemi, the Dallas Morning News reports. Lehtonen and Niemi rotated starts fairly evenly in the regular season, with both netminders picking up 25 wins. Ruff ended up giving Lehtonen the lion's share of the starts in the playoffs, though hockey pundits have questioned whether he's the answer in goal after posting a 3.22 GAA versus the Blues through seven games of the conference semifinals. Of course, Niemi wasn't any better, having posted a 3.29 GAA after three postseason starts and five games in all. Ruff insists that goaltending wasn't the reason why his team missed out on the Stanley Cup this year and refused to comment on the possibility of trading Lehtonen or buying out his contract, which has two years remaining at a cap hit of $5.9 million.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Pulled early in Game 7 loss

    Lehtonen conceded three goals on eight shots before being pulled for an also-ineffective Antti Niemi in Wednesday's 6-1 home loss to the Blues. Much like they say with quarterbacks in football, if you have two starting goaltenders, you don't have one. The Stars found this out the hard way in Game 7, as neither member of their platoon was able to stop a Blues offense that generated only 19 shots on goal. Lehtonen won six of his 10 postseason starts, but his .899 save percentage indicates that much of the credit for those victories should go the Dallas' potent offense.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: In goal for Game 7

    Lehtonen will work between the pipes Wednesday night, facing the Blues at home in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals. Lehtonen was fantastic in Monday's Game 6, turning aside 35 of the 37 shots he faced en route to a 3-2 road victory. The 32-year-old netminder will need to be similarly sharp in Game 7, as the Blues will look to test him early and often in Wednesday's series-deciding tilt, hoping to weaken Lehtonen's confidence with an early goal. Most fantasy owners will likely shy away from Lehtonen in daily contests Wednesday, making the Finnish backstop an intriguing play for those willing to deploy a somewhat risky option in net.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Earns pivotal Game 6 win Monday

    Lehtonen was fantastic in a 3-2 win against the Blues in Game 2 on Monday, turning aside 35 of 37 shots. After underwhelming in Game 5's loss that featured three goals on 21 shots on home ice, the 32-year-old Finn made quite the statement in this one. Lehtonen weathered a continuous barrage from the Blues all night, who did everything they could to put the Stars to bed in front of their home crowd. Alas, Lehtonen and the rest of the Stars made sure that didn't happen, so he's practically a lock to get the nod again when Game 7 gets underway Wednesday. Through 10 appearances this postseason, Lehtonen is now 6-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .908 save percentage -- numbers that aren't far off his regular-season marks of 2.76 and .906.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Manning crease for Game 6

    Lehtonen will be between the pipes against the Blues for Game 6 on Monday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Despite Lehtonen's struggles, it seems coach Lindy Ruff's Antti Niemi experiment has come to a close, for now, as the Finn will make his ninth postseason start. The Stars need to win the next two to stay in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, but given the inconsistency in goal, they should be just as concerned as fans about starting Lehtonen. However, unlike fantasy owners, Dallas does not have any better options.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Makes 18 saves in loss

    Lehtonen made 18 saves in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday afternoon. He allowed three goals. Goaltending has been the Stars' Achilles heel this postseason and it was no different Saturday. Neither Lehtonen nor Antti Niemi have impressed and it remains to be seen who'll get the blue paint with the series on the line in Game 6.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Punching in for Game 5

    Lehtonen led his team out for pregame warmups Saturday afternoon, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. As a result, he'll be the home starter for Game 5 against the Blues. The Stars' goalie situation is a mess. Lehtonen and Antti Niemi have already replaced one another twice in the series, though Lehtonen seems to have the upper hand since he's received the starting nod in every match except Game 3, which he ultimately drew into anyway as Niemi played poorly. Coaches understandably have a soft spot for netminders who've won the Stanley Cup. Niemi meets that description, but has a postseason GAA of 3.33, compared to a still-not-impressive 2.58 mark for Lehtonen this year. Given the volatility between these 'tenders, it's best to set your sights on a different fantasy goalie. Some of the more reliable options can be found within the Eastern Conference.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Makes 24 saves in key Game 4 win

    Lehtonen finished with a .923 save percentage as the Stars evened up the series at 2-2 on Thursday. No goalie change this time. Lehtonen played the entire game and looked very good throughout, allowing just one goal at even strength. With the win, expect Lehtonen to get the start in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Dallas.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Protecting net Thursday

    Lehtonen will be between the pipes in Thursday's Game 4 against the Blues. Lehtonen has struggled in the Stars' second-round series against St. Louis, posting a 1-0-0 record with an ugly 3.58 GAA and .891 save percentage over three appearances. The 32-year-old netminder has shown that he 's capable of playing well against the Blues, as he was fantastic in Game 1 of the series, turning aside 31 of 32 shots en route to a 2-1 victory. Those looking to separate themselves from the pack in daily contests Thursday may want to consider deploying Lehtonen as a high-risk, high-reward play.

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    Stars' Kari Lehtonen: Enters in second period in Game 3 loss

    Lehtonen stepped in for Antti Niemi in the second period of a 6-1 loss to the Blues in Game 3, saving 24 of 27 shots that came his way. Lehtonen was benched in Game 2, but coach Lindy Ruff may have been wishing he didn't trust Antti Niemi as the starter in this one. While the 32-year-old did give up three goals himself, the 2002 first-round pick had some noteworthy saves and should be trusted between the pipes moving forward. However, the Dallas netminder situation has been sticky all year, so don't be surprised if it changes quickly based on performance. Lehtonen sits at a 2.29 GAA in seven appearances during the playoffs.