Despite being pulled in the third period of last night's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, Marc Crawford is prepared to keep rolling with Kari Lehtonen in net tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres. To be fair, the four goals allowed last night were far from Lehtonen's fault and his being pulled had more to do with sending a message to the team rather than as a message to the goaltender himself.
Says Crawford on when the Stars will actually start backup Andrew Raycroft [Per Mike Heika of the DMN:]
"We will see him sooner than later, but our schedule right now allows us to play Kari,'' Crawford said. ``He came in and had to make two or three good saves, and he did. That was good for his confidence. He's going to get in. The way we see it, he's missed a start, and he's missed a start because Kari has played so well.''
Crawford also had some high praise for defenseman Philip Larsen although it's apparent that the team thinks it's best for him to get as many minutes in the AHL before there's serious consideration about moving him on a permanent basis to the Stars. Despite some of the struggles of the defense, there's the no need to rush the development of a player who has such high potential. We've seen what a setback that was for Matt Niskanen.
Heika also notes that with the Stars needing some sort of offensive spark that it seems the move to put Jamie Benn on the right wing with Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow is going to stick -- for now. Adam Burish will slide down and join forces with Steve Ott and Tom Wandell; a combination that many pictured with Burish was signed.