Thursday update: Kari Lehtonen practices, questionable for Friday

Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who left Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles with a groin injury, practiced briefly today in Frisco and is questionable for Friday’s game in Nashville.

“He is going to travel with us and he is still day-to-day,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “It’s his groin. He’s day-to-day and he could be a game player tomorrow. But he is still day-to-day, so we’ll see how that plays out.”

Lehtonen spent about ten minutes in net taking shots, before heading off to the locker room. With the Stars playing back-to-back games this weekend, chances are Lehtonen will play only one of the two games if he is ready to go.

If Lehtonen doesn’t start against the Predators, then Richard Bachman will get the nod in net. Bachman stopped all 22 shots he faced in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Kings. Prior to Tuesday’s appearance, Bachman had seen 2:32 of playing and had faced no shots at the NHL level over a 23-day span.

“Confidence-wise it was great. It’s been a little while since I faced game action up here,” Bachman said. “It’s nice to see game situations again and get comfortable again. It certainly helps the confidence. Like I said the other day, I hope it gives the guys some confidence because they haven’t seen me in there in a while.”

Forward Lane MacDermid, who has missed the last two games with a chest bruise, practiced today. Gulutzan said he still has a ways to go.

“He has ten days here, a week to let himself heal,” Gulutzan said. “He has a bruise in the upper body, the lung area that he just needs to let rest. It’s not long-term or anything, he needs to rest it until it is done and healed up. That’s probably a week to ten days.”

The Stars lines looked the same and the defense pairings were mixed at times.

Practice lineup

Whitney-Benn-Chiasson
Fraser-Eakin-Eriksson
Nystrom-Fiddler-Cole
Roussel-Wandell-Garbutt
MacDermid

Daley-Robidas
Dillon-Goligoski
Rome-Larsen
Benn

Lehtonen
Bachman
Nilstorp

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