The Dallas Stars put Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve today retroactive to February 15. That means he’ll miss today’s game against Calgary and Thursday’s game against Vancouver. He would be eligible to come off injured reserve for Saturday’s game against San Jose, if he is ready to go.
For now the Stars are listing Lehtonen, who injured his groin in Friday’s game at Vancouver, as day-to-day.
“He is still day-to-day, lower body,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We looked at him today, and certainly he has had that injury before in Phoenix last year, but this one is not as severe.”
Richard Bachman will get the start in today’s game against the Calgary Flames (5 p.m. at American Airlines Center). Bachman got lit up last Wednesday in Calgary, surrendering six goals on 22 shots. He got off to a rough start after coming in for Lehtonen Friday in Vancouver, allowing three goals in the first half of the second period, but shut the door the rest of the way as the Stars rallied for a 4-3 victory.
“I’ve always said that’s been his strength, his resiliency. He’s a strong, mental goalie,” said Gulutzan. “He had a subpar outing in Calgary, he got into a hostile environment in Vancouver but he really settled in. You could see by the third period he made a couple key saves at the end to keep us in the lead. I think that was a big step for him.”
The Stars are expected to use the same forward lines and defense pairings as the last game.
Sunday’s game kicks off a three-game homestand for the Stars, who have played ten of their first 15 games on the road. They’ll play 14 of their next 20 games at home. The Stars are hoping to make the most of home-ice advantage.
“Absolutely, with the little amount of home games we’ve had we’ve played pretty well,” said Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. “It’s nice to knock those away games out early and hopefully we can get on a roll here at home, and start climbing those standings.”
Stars projected lineup