Karlis Skrastins returns for Dallas Stars
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Karlis Skrastins will return to the Dallas Stars' lineup for Saturday's game against the Atlanta Thrashers, who are coming off a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.
Skrastins returns after missing three games following a collision with teammate Matt Niskanen during third-period warm-ups in a game against Chicago last week.
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Kari Lehtonen will get the start in goal Saturday against the Thrashers.
Lehtonen, who was traded from Atlanta to the Stars last February, has started 33 of the Stars' 44 games, posting an 18-10-5 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
"He's everything we hoped he could be. Probably a little bit more," Crawford said. "Everybody in the league knew he was a good goalie and if he could improve his conditioning and get over the injuries -- which were largely caused by a lack of conditioning -- there was a chance for him to be an elite goaltender. I think he's becoming an elite goaltender."
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