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Stars activate starting goalie Kari Lehtonen from injured list; he expects to play Thursday

Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 7:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Stars activate starting goalie Kari Lehtonen from injured list; he expects to play Thursday

DALLAS - The Dallas Stars have activated Kari Lehtonen from the injured list, and the goalie says he expects to play Thursday against Edmonton.

Lehtonen has missed five games because of a groin injury after leaving in the first period of a 4-3 win over Vancouver on Feb. 15.

The 29-year-old Lehtonen from Finland was among the NHL leaders in wins when he was injured. He is 7-2-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

To make room on the roster, the Stars sent goalie Cristopher Nilstorp to Texas of the American Hockey League. Nilstorp is 1-3-1 with Dallas and 17-10-5 with Texas this season.

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