Kari Lehtonen out this weekend

December, 10, 2010
12/10/10
11:51
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Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen will not play this weekend due to back soreness. He will miss both tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the American Airlines Center and Saturday's game in Phoenix.

"He is receiving treatment again today and if all goes well he might be on the ice tomorrow," said Stars coach Marc Crawford. "He won't play these next two games and we'll see where he goes. ... The prudent thing to do is be cautious, give him time, nip this in the bud and let his body heal. His body is telling him right now that it needs some time and that's what we are giving him."

Andrew Raycroft will get the start tonight against Carolina and that's what Crawford said the Stars are focused on right now.

"This is a situation why you have an experienced guy like Andrew Raycroft," Crawford said. "He's been in a position like this many times in his career. He's been a No. 1 goalie. Quite truthfully, all we need him to do is play well tonight. You can' t look forward to the body of work ahead, just play well tonight."

Crawford said he will go with 12 forwards and 6 defensemen for tonight's game. Maxime Fortunus, called up from the Texas Stars yesterday, was the last skater off the ice and appears to be the scratch. With the Stars going with 12 forwards that would mean Aaron Gagnon is coming back into the lineup.

Toby Petersen (hand) is skating but still not ready to return.

Krys Barch (foot/ankle) has not resumed skating.

Mark Stepneski

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Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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