Razor With an Edge: Go Kari Go

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 7:09 PM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Go Kari Go
Do you want to know why this Stars team got into the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Well, this might help. Here are goalie Kari Lehtonen\'s final ten game stats over the past five seasons.\r\n

Do you want to know why this Stars team got into the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Well, this might help. Here are Kari Lehtonen's final ten game stats over the past five seasons: 

2009-10:

6-3-0

2.44

.923

 

2010-11:

 

4-4-2

 

2.56

 

.904

 

2011-12:

 

3-7-0

 

2.95

 

.907

 

2013:

 

3-5-1

 

2.80

 

.901

 

COMBINED

 

16-19-3

 

2.68

 

.911


2014

7-3-0

1.99

.935

Kari was clutch.

I can't help but wonder whether not getting that start in Philadelphia, after he had returned from concussion for the game prior in Pittsburgh - and was mediocre - might have motivated him to not assume he would be "the man" down the stretch?

Whether it did or not, The "Big Finn" was phenomenal. He played 11 games after that 5-1 loss to the Pens and went 8-3 with numbers slightly better than the gaudy ones stated above.

A little nugget to put on your mental nightstand on the eve of Stars-Ducks: Last year the Ducks were upset by the Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs largely due to goalie Jimmy Howard's ability to hold Corey Perry goalless (and win in OT).

So with all that in mind, Kari's assignment here in Anaheim seems quite simple: continue to play like he did over the last month, and make Perry bow at his toe-laces.

Kari Lehtonen isn't just "The Big Finn" he's the "Big Key" - goalies always are in mid-April.

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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