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Kari Lehtonen

30-Year-Old Goalie – Dallas Stars

2014-15 NHL Stats

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.906

2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Lehtonen will be the man in Big D again this season. He had a couple of dry spells -- and yet another injury -- to contend with last season, but still finished with a respectable 2.41 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The job is his to lose. He no longer has ...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 210   DOB: 11/16/1983   BORN: Helsinki, Finland   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #2 Overall in 2002   Show ContractHide Contract

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Kari Lehtonen Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $29.5 million contract extension with Dallas that runs through the 2017-18 season in September 2012.

October 19, 2014  –  Kari Lehtonen News

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Lehtonen gave up six goals on 37 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to Philadelphia. He is now 0-10-3 against the Flyers in his career.

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Kari Lehtonen NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP W L OTL SO GAA GA SA SV SV%
2005-06 21 38 20 15 0 2 2.93 106 1123 1017 .906
2006-07 22 68 34 24 9 4 2.79 183 2075 1892 .912
2007-08 23 48 17 22 5 4 2.90 131 1560 1429 .916
2008-09 24 46 19 22 3 3 3.06 134 1498 1364 .911
2009-10 25 12 6 4 0 0 2.81 31 350 319 .911
2010-11 26 NHL DAL 69 34 24 11 3 2.55 175 2043 1868 .914
2011-12 27 NHL DAL 59 32 22 4 4 2.33 136 1739 1603 .922
2012-13 28 NHL DAL 36 15 14 3 1 2.66 88 1050 962 .916
2013-14 29 NHL DAL 65 33 20 10 5 2.41 153 1888 1735 .919
2014-15 30 NHL DAL 4 2 0 2 0 2.90 12 127 115 .906
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Time On Ice Stats

61:57

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Kari Lehtonen was on the ice for 61:57.

5:03

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Kari Lehtonen was on the ice for 5:03 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 55:10 5:32
2013-14 58:31 6:36
2014-15 61:57 5:03

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Kari Lehtonen 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent W L OTL GAA GA SA SV SV%
Oct. 18 PHI 0 0 1 5.81 6 37 31 .838
Oct. 16 at PIT 1 0 0 2.00 2 29 27 .931
Oct. 14 at CLS 1 0 0 2.00 2 35 33 .943
Oct. 11 at NSH Did Not Play
Oct. 9 CHI 0 0 1 1.85 2 26 24 .923

Kari Lehtonen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Lehtonen will make the start in goal for the Stars on Saturday against the Flyers, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Lehtonen stopped 27 of 29 shots in Thursday's victory over the Penguins.

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Lehtonen led the Stars onto the ice and will be the starter in goal Thursday versus the Penguins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at Thursday's morning skate and appears in line to start against the Penguins, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Lehtonen made 33 saves on 35 shots in Tuesday's win over the Blue Jackets.

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Lehtonen is on track to start Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reports.

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Lehtonen was at the wrong end of a shootout loss Thursday against the Blackhawks.

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Lehtonen is on track to start Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports.

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Lehtonen (concussion) returned to the ice Thursday morning, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Lehtonen felt fine Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with a mild concussion, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports.

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Lehtonen suffered a mild concussion during Monday's exhibition game and will be forced to stay off the ice for the next couple of days under NHL protocol, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Lehtonen will start Monday's exhibition against the Panthers and is expected to play the full game.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014-15

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2013-14

Lehtonen's well-earned reputation as a talented-but-fragile goalie from his Atlanta days appears to be well behind him, as he's proven to be a durable and solid goalie ever since he landed in Dallas. His GAA slipped a bit last season, but he kept his team in games for prolonged stretches of last season. An improved Dallas team in front of him should help and another 30+ win season seems very likely given his workload.

2012-13

Lehtonen continued his career resurgence last year, picking up 32 wins on a poor Dallas team and setting career highs in both save percentage (.922) and goals-against average (2.33). His injury woes have all but disappeared since arriving in Dallas and he's expected to be ready to go for training camp after suffering a minor knee injury in the World Championships right after the NHL season. He'll be asked to shoulder the load once again.

2011-12

Lehtonen appeared in a career-high 69 games, racking up a career high in wins (34) as would be expected. His 2.55 GAA was also a career best, despite an often suspect defense in front of him. It figures to be another tough year for the Stars overall, but Lehtonen's proved capable of handling a full load after a few years where he was limited due a litany of injuries.

2010-11

Dallas turned over the goaltending duties to Lehtonen following a late-season trade. A three-year contract and the departure of Marty Turco in the offseason further cemented him as Dallas' No. 1 biscuit kicker, backed up by Andrew Raycroft. Plagued by a back injury in recent years, Dallas feels confident that the injury woes are behind him and a 55-60 start season awaits if Lehtonen holds up physically. The Dallas defense remains a major weakness however, so be leery of a solid goals-against average and win totals, despite the increased workload.

2008-09

The Thrashers allowed 272 goals last season, which is the highest total in the NHL. Although the goal totals were high, Kari Lehtonen still finished with a 2.90 GAA and .916 SV%. He has proven to be one of the most underrated goalies in the league. The Thrashers have improved their defense in the off season, so look for Kari to improve this year. He would be a good pick in the mid-rounds of your draft.

2007-08

Lehtonen improved in his second full season in the NHL but only to post league average numbers in both goals against average and save percentage. Most of the blame probably is on the defenders in front of him who weren't great last season. Defenders aside, Lehtonen was also incredibly inconsistent throughout the year which would result in teams scoring in bunches on him. Never a good thing from a fantasty perspective, especially in head-to-head leagues. This season two vetern defenders are gone (Greg deVries and Andy Sutton) and the team is trying to break in some younger players on D. Both bad signs for Lehtonen numbers -- especially early on. Expect 30+ wins and slight improvement in his GAA and save percentage. Don't expect a good return on your investment because Lehtonen will not come cheap.

2006-07

Kari-mania hit Atlanta in a big way early in the 2005-06 season. The rookie netminder had posted ridiculous stats at every level he had played at and was expected to lead the Thrashers into the playoffs. But, as often happens, things didnít go exactly to plan. Lehtonen got injured in the first game of the season and managed to play in only 38 games all year. In those 38 games, he managed to pick up an impressive 20 wins but his goals against average and save percentage were 26th and 18th in the league respectively, not what many fantasy owners were expecting when drafting him. The good news is Lehtonen is a year more experienced and most importantly injury free. Also, the Thrasher management team quickly fixed some of its defensive shortcomings by replacing Jaroslav Modry and his often defensive lapses for Vitaly Vishnevski who should help give the Thrashers some muscle out in front of Lehtonen. Contract Alert! Lehtonen is currently still unsigned by the team but it appears nothing to be worried about and we anticipate both sides working something out before training camp.

2005-06

Itís not often you hear this much about a goalie so young (heís 21). However, Lehtonen may deserve it. In four games at the end of the last NHL season, Lehtonen had four wins and a sparkling 1.25 GAA and 0.953 save percentage. But remember heís still only 23 and has very limited NHL experience. The Thrashers also didnít give him the starting job, but were forced into the decision when their former number one -- Pasi Nurminen -- went down with a career threatening knee injury. Atlanta has Jani Hurme and the recently signed Mike Dunham -- who has put up some awful numbers lately -- to back up the young netminder and one of them should steal starts away from Lehtonen. He will be the starter this year and will be a top 10 goalie in a year or two.