Alright, so the Stars prize pack might not be handed out after all. Neither post in the countdown has reached the peak of 150, and that seems to be like it will be the continuing trend. But no matter, we’ll keep on trying and posting trivia questions on a regular basis! 92 days until the Stars open up their regular season against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th at the AAC.
So another day closer! Let’s talk about the goalie situation on opening night:
The Stars will look to take a win against a divisional foe that they haven’t seemed to find success against over the last few years. Their main problem has been Chicago’s high-powered offense outplaying our average netminding. Now, Kari is not a bad goalie, it’s just when he is exposed to 40+ shots every time the Stars and Hawks meet, he is not able to ring up the stats as he usually does. Chicago seems to be Kari’s only kryptonite, though. What team was Kari Lehtonen originally drafted by? The good thing is that he has 92 more days to figure out how he will perform on October 9th in front of a most likely sell-out crowd. Lehtonen needs a redemptive performance considering his last game at the AAC involved an altercation that left many fans in green speechless and distraught. This will be a chance for Lehtonen to improve on his 1-5-2 record against the Hawks over the last two years.
Lehtonen has been relieved of his duties in net against Chicago twice in the last two years. So, if opening night does go raunchy, who will Lindy Ruff sink his trust into? Anders Lindback is an NHL-caliber goalie but has seen better days after his truly rough outing that he endured for the duration of last season, ending his year with an 8-12-2 record, with a .891 SV% and a 2.90 GAA. Jussi Rynnas was signed on Monday as the Dallas Stars and has been skating in the minor leagues since his horrific debut in the NHL with the Maple Leafs in which he gave up 7 goals in one game and finished with a .825 SV% and a 4.24 GAA in a two-game season. The true backup has yet to be announced.
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