The Dallas Stars announced on Sunday that goaltender Kari Lehtone has been placed on injured reserve, after suffering a groin injury in the first period of Friday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Lehtonen had not allowed a goal on seven shots before lunging to his right on a shot from the high slot, and immediately skated off the ice while indicating he had injured his groin once again. The talented netminder has struggled with groin injuries for most of his career and had "tweaked" a groin early in the season coming out of training camp, although he never officially missed a game due to the injury.
"To me it certainly doesn't seem as severe," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan stated on Friday, when asked to compare this injury to the one from last season that had Lehtonen miss nearly a month of action.
Lehtonen is 7-2-1 on the season with a 2.12 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. He will be eligible to return on Saturday against the visiting San Jose Sharks if healthy.