Dallas Stars' Kari Lehtonen Practices Briefly - Listed Day-to-Day for Weekend Back-to-Back

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Kari Lehtonen took the ice briefly during Thursday's practice. His status for this weekend's back-to-back set is "day-to-day", and certainly questionable for Friday.

The good news out of Dallas Stars practice Thursday is that after leaving Tuesday's game late in the first period with a lower body injury Kari Lehtonen was indeed on the ice and practicing.

The bad news is that he faced shots for a mere 10 minutes before heading back to the locker room. His status is being listed as day-to-day and Cristopher Nilstorp remains with the team for the time being.

"He's gonna travel with us and he's still day-to-day," Gulutzan said after practice. "It's his groin and it's day to day. He could be a game player tomorrow but he's still day to day. So we'll see how that plays out."

With two games back-to-back this weekend, it's all but certain that Richard Bachman will get at least one start no matter when Lehtonen returns.

"He made some good saves at good times for us," Gulutzan said of Bachman's performance Tuesday night, "and he hadn't played in a while so it's good for him to come in and get a game before he maybe has to have another one."

The guess here is that Bachman will start in Nashville Friday night and that a determination on Lehtonen will be made at what's likely to be a very optional morning skate Saturday ahead of the Sharks game.

Otherwise it's status-quo with the remaining players. Lane MacDermid remains out with a contusion in his chest and he'll be out for another 7-10 days at minimum according to the coaching staff, though he did practice today.

So the same lines that have been victorious three times in a row should remain:



The defensive pairs, Mark Stepneski says, were "mixed" today so there's a chance we could see Jordie Benn this weekend.

Meanwhile the news out of Nashville is that three of their regulars, though not so regular for about a month now, are being shut down for the season.

Combine that the departure of Erat and this roster will look significantly different than the last time we saw them on March 12th. Pekka Rinne is still in that net, though. That's all you really need to know.

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