Dallas Stars activate Lehtonen from IR; assign Nilstorp to AHL

dallas_starsThe Dallas Stars announced on Wednesday afternoon that goaltender Kari Lehtonen has been activated from the Injured Reserve.  The team also assigned goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to the AHL’s Texas Stars.

Lehtonen has missed the last five games with a lower body injury, and after Tuesday night’s win in Columbus, Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said that Kari Lehtonen “it’s probable on Thursday, barring anything unforeseen” that Lehtonen would be the starter on Thursday night when the Stars take on the Edmonton Oilers at the American Airlines Center.

Before his injury, Lehtonen had a 7-2-1 record on the season with a .934 save percentage and a 2.12 goals against average.

Nilstorp has been recalled to Dallas twice this season and has skated in five NHL games.  The Malmo, Sweden native has a 1-3-1 record with a .897 save percentage (SV%) and a 3.09 goals-against average (GAA), recording his first career NHL victory by making 31 saves last Saturday in a 3-1 win against San Jose.  He made his NHL debut on Jan. 20 against Minnesota stopping 31-of-32 shots in 59 minutes of play.

In 31 AHL games for Texas this season Nilstorp is 17-10-1 record with a 2.17 GAA, .914 SV% and four shutouts.  Nilstorp went undrafted and was signed by Dallas as a free agent on June 5, 2012.

The Dallas Stars begin a two-game homestand and face the Edmonton Oilers at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center (TV: FOX Sports Southwest; Radio: 1310 The Ticket).

 

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