Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen out

Updated: December 10, 2010, 1:51 PM ET
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen will not play this weekend due to back soreness.

He will miss Friday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes at American Airlines Center and Saturday's game in Phoenix.

"He is receiving treatment again today and if all goes well he might be on the ice tomorrow," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "He won't play these next two games and we'll see where he goes. ... The prudent thing to do is be cautious, give him time, nip this in the bud and let his body heal. His body is telling him right now that it needs some time and that's what we are giving him."

Andrew Raycroft will get the start Friday against Carolina, and that's what Crawford said the Stars are focused on right now.

"This is a situation why you have an experienced guy like Andrew Raycroft," Crawford said. "He's been in a position like this many times in his career. He's been a No. 1 goalie. Quite truthfully, all we need him to do is play well tonight. You can' t look forward to the body of work ahead, just play well tonight."

Crawford said he will go with 12 forwards and six defensemen against the Hurricanes. Maxime Fortunus, called up from the Texas Stars Thursday, was the last skater off the ice and appears to be the scratch. With the Stars going with 12 forwards, that would mean Aaron Gagnon is returning to the lineup.

Toby Petersen (hand) is skating but still not ready to return.

Krys Barch (foot/ankle) has not resumed skating.

Mark Stepneski has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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