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.

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 76 28 44 -4 72
T. Seguin 66 34 35 -1 69
J. Spezza 76 16 41 -3 57
J. Klingberg 59 11 27 6 38
C. Eakin 72 17 19 -2 36
T. Daley 62 16 19 -9 35
A. Goligoski 76 4 31 0 35
A. Hemsky 70 11 21 -6 32
S. Horcoff 72 11 17 8 28
V. Fiddler 74 12 14 -6 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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