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2011 Stars Schedule, Week 9: Dallas Begins To Prepare For Life Without Kari Lehtonen

The Stars have lost seven of their last nine and now must find a way to win without their starting goalie Kari Lehtonen who suffered a groin injury on Saturday.

The Dallas Stars will end the month of November trying something new, that new is being without goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Lehtonen will miss at least three weeks with a groin injury after suffering the injury in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Lehtonen immediately flew back to Dallas over the weekend and had an MRI, doctors have concluded that Lehtonen will miss a minimum of eight games, including the Stars upcoming five-game road trip.

Andrew Raycroft is the next man up in the pipes for the Stars, as losing seven of their last nine games has killed all of the positive momentum and maybe the backup goalie can be the spark that the Stars have solely needed.

Maybe.

Here is the full injury report for the Stars this week, with Vernon Fiddler's status up in the air for Monday's game versus Colorado.


Dallas Stars Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Vernon Fiddler groin 11/28/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kari Lehtonen groin 11/27/2011
Brenden Morrow elbow 11/21/2011
Alex Goligoski thumb 11/12/2011
Adam Burish hand 11/16/2011


Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.