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 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 13 5 10 2 15
J. Spezza 13 5 8 0 13
C. Eakin 13 1 7 -4 8
A. Goligoski 13 4 3 -6 7
P. Sharp 13 4 2 -4 6
P. Eaves 9 3 3 3 6
R. Faksa 13 3 2 2 5
M. Janmark 12 2 3 -3 5
C. Sceviour 11 2 3 1 5
J. Klingberg 13 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 6 3 0 .899 2.81
A. Niemi 1 3 2 .865 3.29
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