And so, it comes down to this.
The former Dallas Stars starting goaltender, playing the role of backup since the Ben Bishop signing this summer, is now charged with saving a season that seems to be slipping away.
What's not to like if you're Kari Lehtonen?
It's hardly the script that anyone connected to the Stars would have imagined with fewer than 10 games left in the regular season.
This was supposed to be Bishop's time.