The Dallas Stars
took a significant hit Sunday when the team announced that starting goalie Kari Lehtonen
had been placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday night's 3-0 loss to the Coyotes.
Lehtonen, 28, currently leads the NHL in wins, going 13-4-1 this season with a 2.35 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. After winning eight games in the season's opening month, Lehtonen as named the NHL's Second Star of the Month for October. Behind Lehtonen's stellar play the Stars have been one of the pleasant surprises in the first quarter of the 2011-12 season and they are currently tied with Phoenix and San Jose for the most points in the Pacific Division.
With Lehtonen out, backup goalie and 11-year veteran Andrew Raycroft
is expected to get the start Monday night when Dallas visits Colorado. Dallas did however call up goalie Richard Bachman
from the AHL to fill the role of backup.
The Stars also recalled forward Francis Wathier