Kari Lehtonen shook off the tender groin and practiced today and he is scheduled to practice again on Wednesday and scheduled to play all of Thursday night's pre-season game against Colorado at American Airlines Center. They will then determine if he's ready to play all of the final pre-season game Saturday at St. Louis.
Lehtonen did not travel with the Stars to Colorado for tonight's preseason game. Andrew Raycroft is scheduled to get all game in goal, and Brent Krahn is scheduled to back up.
Here's Stars coach Marc Crawford on Lehtonen:
"Kari was much better today, it looks like he will be full-go tomorrow, and it looks like we are on schedule to have him play the game Thursday night at home against the Avalanche."
Crawford on Raycroft:
"It is a big game for Andrew. He is vying for that backup position with Brent Krahn. Competition is what it is. He's a veteran guy, he has played in Colorado before, so he should be familiar with the rink. We'll get a good chance to see him against a very good Avalanche line-up tonight."
On what the coaches are trying to see in a pre-season game:
"We are looking for things like how well our players can play in defensive positions- whether it's Gagnon, Petersen, or Sutherby, or Segal. Can they play against top people? Can they shut down top people? Can they, in fact, be given a task especially on the road where they get huge responsibility? How are they able to handle it?"
"You are always looking to see your power play execute. This is the time that you want execution on your power play to really take shape. As we get more and more of our lineup together then it becomes very much like a game. This is somewhat of an assessment game- the final two will be more like a dress rehearsal."
Tom Wandell (shoulder) is getting more contact in practice and the Stars are hoping he can play Sunday against St. Louis in the final pre-season game.
"Wandell is still tender, but he is more involved in the physical activity of practice. It's not just getting hit he has to worry about, it's how many times he extends his arm to check, how many times when he is extending his arm he can fend off people, those are the types of activities we are giving him now...We are targeting that final exhibition game for Tom to be able to play; he has made good progression here. As you can see in practices, he is more and more involved in the activity-especially in the physical activity. We have taken most of the constraints off him- he's about 10 or 15% away from being full-go."