Karidextrous

Wednesday, 10.19.2011 / 9:51 AM CT
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Are there any other Lehtonen/Lehtinens in Finland?

If so, let's hope they find their way to Dallas.

We were spoiled by years of witnessing Jere Lehtinen's tenacious and brilliant 2-way play. Now it's Kari Lehtonen who is providing spellbinding netminding game in and game out.

Kari isn't the only reason the Stars have lept out to a 5-1 record. Oh wait, yes, yes he is.

The big Finn has been strafed rather routinely as the retooled lineup in front of him searches for footing and consistency. Sure the quality of shots have been downgraded a tad under new bench boss Glen Gulutzan but the quantity has kept Kari in a full lather.

He's been a mistake eraser, a momentum dictator, and a game stealer.

Here's a couple terrific stats to chew on: Since the start of last season Lehtonen is 5-1 in games he has faced 40 or more shots, and a staggering 11-2-3 in 16 career home games in which he was peppered with 40+ shots.

Sure those statistics suggest they don't have to, but this team is going to tighten up and get better as the season progresses. Let's just hope they don't wear the latest "Lehts" out in the meantime.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 7 4 6 5 10
J. Spezza 7 4 5 1 9
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 7 3 1 0 4
R. Faksa 7 2 2 3 4
A. Goligoski 7 2 2 -3 4
J. Klingberg 7 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 7 1 3 3 4
C. Eakin 7 0 4 0 4
J. Demers 7 0 3 5 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .925 2.01
A. Niemi 1 1 1 .870 3.36
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