ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Both the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars will start their veteran backups in goal Saturday when the new Central Division rivals play at Xcel Energy Center.
Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen left Friday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets early in the second period, stopping all 21 shots he faced to that point. Stars coach Lindy Ruff said the injury is day-to-day.
With Lehtonen unavailable, the Stars called up Jack Campbell from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. He will back up Dan Ellis tonight against the Wild.
"Encouraging that [Lehtonen] could be back at practice [Sunday]," Ruff said.
Ellis made his first appearance of the season Friday against the Jets and allowed one goal on 23 shots.
Minnesota will go with its own backup goaltender for the second straight game in Josh Harding. Niklas Backstrom, injured Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators, practiced Friday and took part in the morning skate Saturday, but is still unavailable. He is expected to join the Wild on a seven-day, four-game Eastern Conference road trip starting Monday at the Buffalo Sabres.
Darcy Kuemper, called up from the AHL's Iowa Wild on Thursday, will back up Harding, who started and won 2-1 Thursday against the Jets. He has made two appearances this season, stopping 33 of 35 shots overall.
Here are the projected lineups for Saturday's contest between the Stars and Wild:
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Rich Peverley
Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel - Shawn Horcoff - Erik Cole
Ryan Garbutt - Vernon Fiddler - Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski - Sergei Gonchar
Trevor Daley - Jordie Benn
Brendan Dillon - Stephane Robidas
Scratches: Kevin Connauton, Lane MacDermid, Chris Mueller
Injured: Aaron Rome (hip), Kari Lehtonen (lower body)
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Nino Niederreiter
Dany Heatley - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville
Matt Cooke - Kyle Brodziak - Justin Fontaine
Stephane Veilleux - Zenon Konopka - Torrey Mitchell
Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin
Keith Ballard - Jared Spurgeon
Matt Dumba - Clayton Stoner
Scratches: Marco Scandella, Nate Prosser
Injured: Mike Rupp (knee), Niklas Backstrom (knee), Charlie Coyle (knee)