Breathe a sigh of relief, Dallas Stars fans. Lindy Ruff thinks Kari Lehtonen could be back at practice sometime soon. With Dan Ellis already scheduled to play tonight, it's within the realm of possibility at least that Lethonen could be back by Tuesday evening or Thursday, and that this will not be a big deal.
That being said, the Stars have recalled Jack Campbell from the Texas Stars and like he did twice in March last season he will be dressed as the backup on the bench this evening.
Kari Lehtonen is not on injured reserve. Campbell has been recalled under emergency conditions and must be returned promptly, or the Stars would have to place Lehtonen on injured reserve, which they're clearly trying to avoid doing.
Ruff from morning skate in Minnesota:
That Jack Campbell comes before Cristopher Nilstorp is not insignificant, and shows what a good camp he had. Though he probably won't play, it's a nice feather in his cap.
The Dallas Stars announced today that goaltender Jack Campbell has been recalled under emergency conditions from the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Goaltender Kari Lehtonen suffered a lower body injury in Friday's game against Winnipeg and is currently listed as day-to-day.
Campbell, 21, has played one game for Texas this season, stopping 18-of-19 shots en route to his first win of the season. The Port Huron, Michigan native is entering his second full professional season. During the 2012-13 campaign, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound goaltender earned a 19-13-3 record with a 2.65 goals against average (GAA) and a .905 save percentage (SV%) in 40 games for Texas. Campbell was Dallas' first-round selection (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Dallas will faceoff tonight against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center at 7:00 p.m. (TV: TXA-21; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).