Stars practice, Lehtonen to start

A few days off have been good for the Dallas Stars as it has given them a few days to rest up and rework some things. After another practice this morning, the team is on their way out to southern California right now. They play at the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night, and then move down south to play the Anaheim Ducks Friday night. Both teams will be rested up for the Kings game, as L.A. has 4 days between games also. It will not be an easy game at all for the Stars, as the Kings are the top team in the Pacific division with a 10-3-0 record and they are 6-0-0 so far this season at home. This starts a stretch for the Stars of four straight divisional games, two on the road before the Ducks and Sharks come to Dallas next week.

Looks like Kari Lehtonen will of course get the start in net for tomorrow night’s game, but he probably will also get the start Friday night too. The schedule is all over with long breaks and such right now, and after having a while off and then playing two games in two nights, the Stars then have a few more days in between games. So it is possible that Lehtonen starts both important road divisional games and then maybe Raycroft gets a start late next week or in the following week after he started their last game. Lehtonen will go into the game with six days since his last start so I think he can be fine with playing both nights.

The Stars are also coming into the game injury free, which is great up to this point in the season. I know it has only been 13 games into the season but for the Stars to be healthy right now is a good thing. Keeping healthy could be a great help for the Stars, especially that success this season will rely upon the defense we do have staying healthy and Lehtonen being able to brush off his injury history.

More tomorrow as we look forward to the Kings game and the Stars getting back into action. And of course for L.A. Kings news and stories, you should always check out Rink Royalty. Have a great Wednesday puckheads!

Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Kari Lehtonen, L.A. Kings

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