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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Confidence in Lehtonen

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With Bishop out for the foreseeable future, the Stars turn to Lehtonen to defend the net.

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With Ben Bishop out of the lineup currently due to injury, the Dallas Stars have once again been forced to rely on Kari Lehtonen between the pipes.

But what may be a surprise for Stars fans given past seasons is that the Stars’ coaching staff are confident with Lehtonen’s play going forward:

“He just showed us,” Hitchcock said when asked if Lehtonen is ready. “Come on, he was incredible in Nashville. We expect the same again. He’s on top of his game. Why would we expect anything different? He’s just a flat good goalie.”

Lehtonen has had a .919 save percentage with a 11-7-2 record so far this season as the Stars’ backup goaltender. The timing of his sudden promotion is not ideal given how late it is in the season, but Lehtonen is trying not to worry too much:

“I’m comfortable with where my game is. It’s an exciting time for me to get to play,” (Lehtonen) said. “Hopefully, Ben comes back soon and we can keep going together. At this time, we’ll just go one game at a time and put all your eggs in that basket and keep grinding. That’s all you can do.”

You can read more at Mike Heika’s place here.


Stars Stories

Here’s what Hitchcock had to say on Bishop’s injury:

And more injury updates, including a foreboding mention of Martin Hanzal:

Sean Shapiro discusses the scoring issues, playoffs, and cloning in his latest mailbag: [The Athletic]

It’s game day, with the Dallas Stars taking on the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the AAC. Here are the practice notes from yesterday:

Here’s the official game preview: [NHL]

Shapiro decided to write on the other Russian this time, delving into the life of Denis Gurianov: [The Athletic]


Central Census

It was a very busy night on Thursday in the NHL, with pretty much everyone else in the Central Division hitting the ice:

In case you haven’t notice, Pekka Rinne has been on fire lately:

Also concerning the Jets-Devils game - RIP Taylor Hall’s point streak:


League Links

After dedicating their lives to hockey, it’s not hard to understand why some players would have a hard time moving on from the game:

Ron Francis is out as the Carolina Hurricanes’ General Manager. Rory Boylen recounts the best and worst moves of his tenure: [Sportsnet]

Who is the Dallas Stars’ MVP? Sam McCaig names one for each of the 31 NHL teams: [The Hockey News]

Hilary Knight is about to make a big splash in Canada:

Speaking of foreign countries, Vancouver Canucks prospect Elias Pettersson has broken a Peter Forsberg record in Sweden. [Sportsnet]

With free agency only a few months away, could John Carlson be the biggest fish not named John Tavares?


Finally...

It’s been some time since I left you all with a heartwarming link, so here: