Dallas Stars Place Goaltender Kari Lehtonen on Injured Reserve

Oct 3, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) warms up before the game against the Florida Panthers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

There is some bad news for Dallas Stars fans today. NHL.com is reporting that the Dallas Stars have placed goaltender Kari Lehtonen on Injured Reserve retroactive to October 11th.

Lehtonen was forced to exit the game between the Dallas Stars and the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night after sustaining a lower body injury. He was replaced in net by backup goaltender Dan Ellis at 14:30 in the second period.

Ellis was able to hold the Jets to one lone goal, and the Stars would eventually win the game by the score of 4-1.

This season with the Stars, Lehtonen is 2-1-0 in his three starts with the team. He has a Goals Allowed Average of 1.57 and a Save Percentage of .953.

Those kind of numbers are definitely nothing that a team wants to lose while the season is still very young.

Ellis’ numbers are not quite as high as Lehtonen. In his two appearances, one being the starter, Ellis is 0-1-0 with a Goals Allowed Average of 4.24 and a Save Percentage of .898.

Saturday in St. Paul, Ellis allowed a total of 5 goals against the Minnesota Wild. They would ultimately fall with a score of 5-1.

As a backup, the Stars have recalled goaltender Jack Campbell from their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

Topics: Dallas Stars, Dan Ellis, Kari Lehtonen, Nhl

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