Stars signal Lehtonen could be returning

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 11:01 AM NHL.com

The Dallas Stars on Monday sent goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, a sign that goaltender Kari Lehtonen could be ready to return to the lineup.

Lehtonen has been out since March 8, when he sustained a concussion after a collision with Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.

Tim Thomas started the Stars' past three games, with Nilstorp serving as his backup. The Stars are 1-1-1 without Lehtonen.

Nilstorp played in one game, replacing Thomas 29 seconds into the second period of the Stars' 7-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. He allowed three goals on 17 shots in his two periods of action.

Lehtonen is 25-16-10 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 53 games, but had won four of his five starts prior to his injury.

The Stars next play Tuesday at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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