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 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 58 36 18 4 160 134 76
2 DAL 55 35 15 5 178 147 75
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 53 32 18 3 146 124 67
5 SJS 53 28 20 5 154 143 61
6 ANA 53 26 19 8 120 125 60
7 COL 57 28 25 4 153 158 60
8 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
9 MIN 54 23 21 10 133 134 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 53 25 25 3 143 156 53
13 WPG 54 24 27 3 139 157 51
14 EDM 56 22 29 5 138 168 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 55 28 34 16 62
T. Seguin 55 28 32 11 60
J. Klingberg 55 10 36 14 46
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 55 16 24 -2 40
A. Goligoski 55 4 20 16 24
C. Eakin 55 10 13 0 23
M. Janmark 55 10 10 14 20
J. Demers 48 7 12 16 19
V. Nichushkin 52 6 13 7 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 15 5 0 .912 2.79
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