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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Stars will run with Kari Lehtonen

By Mark Stepneski

The Dallas Stars will continue to ride Kari Lehtonen as they head into a big back-to-back set of games at Vancouver (Friday) and at San Jose (Saturday).

"We're going to run with Kari here," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. "There was a (discussion of using Richard Bachman because of back-to-backs), but Kari is feeling pretty good right now. ... He wants to play and we need at least three more wins, so we've got to find them anywhere we can."

It's not like Lehtonen has been overworked lately. Friday's game will be only his seventh straight start and his 10th in the last 12 games.

It doesn't look like Radek Dvorak (ankle), Eric Nystrom (leg) or Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) will be ready for Friday's game. Fistric, who has missed the last four games, has resumed skating.