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Lehtonen returns to practice for Stars

Friday, 10.18.2013 / 4:13 PM / News

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Lehtonen returns to practice for Stars
Injured Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen participated in a full practice Friday after missing the past three games with a lower-body injury.

Injured Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen participated in a full practice Friday after missing the past three games with a lower-body injury.

Lehtonen has not played since leaving late in the second period of the team's 4-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 11.

Kari Lehtonen
Goalie - DAL
RECORD: 2-1-0
GAA: 1.57 | SVP: 0.953
Lehtonen is not likely to play in either of the team's games this weekend, Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings or Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks. But coach Lindy Ruff sounded confident his franchise goaltender could be back to start against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 24.

"I think anytime he's out there practicing it's a good sign. I didn't expect him coming in and practicing but he's feeling pretty good," Ruff said. "In my eyes, if we get by the weekend, he should be ready to play."

That means backup Dan Ellis is likely to start his fourth straight game Saturday against the Kings. Ruff also did not rule out the possibility of playing rookie backup Jack Campbell in one of the back-to-back contests.

"There's a possibility with that quick turnaround we may look to Jack," Ruff said.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres