Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury, skated prior to today’s practice and took some shots from goaltending coach Mike Valley.
“He felt marginally better than he did yesterday,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see where he is at.”
Lehtonen remains day-to-day.
Defenseman Trevor Daley, who missed last night’s game with a neck injury, skated prior to practice as well. He is doubtful for Saturday’s game against San Jose.
“We hope that he is going to be a morning skate guy tomorrow, but playing is highly unlikely,” said Gulutzan.
Gulutzan said he and his staff will make a decision later today on whether Cristopher Nilstorp or Richard Bachman will get the start in goal Saturday against the Sharks.
The Stars are 1-6-0 when Bachman and Nilstorp are in net this season, and 7-2-1 with Lehtonen in the pipes. Gulutzan said the Stars have to find a way to get over the hump of winning when Lehtonen is not in goal.
“No question,” Gulutzan said. “We did last year. You look when Bachs was starting last year, we did to some extent. We have to push through that some more. We have to find some success.”
The Stars spent a lot of time on special teams today, about 40 minutes or so. The power play was 0-5 last night, and is 0-12 over the last three games.
“We need to shoot the puck more,” said forward Loui Eriksson. “We need to work hard. We need to get the puck on net, win the battles in the corners and everything. That’s what we need to do.”