Lehtonen, Rome Return to Lineup
Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve. The Stars also announce they've recalled defenseman Aaron Rome from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars (AHL) and assigned goaltender Jack Campbell back to Texas.
Lehtonen is expected to be ready to start Thursday when the Stars return home to take on the Calgary Flames. He has not played since suffering a lower body injury against Winnipeg on Oct. 11.
“We’re anticipating he’ll be ready Thursday, yes.” Nill said.
Lehtonen posted a 2-1-0 record and is currently tied for second in the League in save percentage (.953) and fourth in goals against average (1.57). The Stars have dropped four of the last five games and have let up a total of 22 goals in Lehtonen's absence.
“We’ve done some great things, we’ve had some stinkers, periods where we’ve been great, periods where we’ve been bad,” Nill said. “On top of it, we’ve had our No. 1 goalie out for five games. It’s a tough league. Dan (Ellis) and Jack (Campbell) have come in and played great, but for the long haul you still need your No. 1 goalie.”
Campbell made his NHL debut on Sunday night against the Anaheim Ducks, stopping 41 of 47 shots.
"It's my favorite; a big challenge. I was really happy I got to play against Anaheim. I just wish I could have played a little better and helped the team win. But it was a lot of fun, and it's great to play against some of the best players in the game on Anaheim."
Rome has been activated and is expected to participate in practice Tuesday morning in Frisco. He recorded three shots and six penalty minutes during his three game conditioning assignment with Texas.
“It was important for me to go down there and focus on it being my training camp, have it be the exhibition games that I didn’t get,” Rome said. “The first game of training camp is always tough. You are trying to get your timing back and your speed, and as a defenseman trying to get your reads. For me, the first game was tough, the second game I felt 50 percent better and the third game I felt back up to where I needed to be. Obviously it’s a different level, it’s not the National Hockey League, but it’s a good start.”
The Stars host the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the American Airlines Center.