Skip to content

Stars get Roy back, expect a lot of Lehtonen

Feb 3, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

Comments Off
Derek Roy Getty Images

January was a bumpy month for the Dallas Stars, but they hope February will be more stable. They also expect to see a lot more Kari Lehtonen in net.

The team provided some promising updates to the Dallas Morning News on Sunday, including word that center Derek Roy should return from a groin injury tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche.

The 29-year-old pivot hasn’t been in the lineup since a Jan. 24 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks, which was the night Jamie Benn‘s signing was announced. Roy seems excited to see how Dallas’ planned one-two punch at center will finally look.

“He’s a really good player and he moves well for a big man. He’s got great hands, and I’m anxious to get out there and see what we can do,” Roy said of Benn. “We have to be strong in the center position. We need to be able to control the puck, get the puck to the net, and just control the game.”

Finishing chances will be tougher without Ray Whitney, who is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

They might be tough to score on in February, though, as the team plans on playing Lehtonen,29, repeatedly this month.

“You look at the way February unfolds after tonight, and I see Kari Lehtonen playing almost every game,” Head coach Glen Gulutzan said. “He claimed himself today — and I could hear it in his voice and see it in his eyes — that he is not feeling well. It’s that time of year and [we] want to make sure he is ready because February is going to be a Kari Lehtonen month.”

Latest Posts
  1. Avalanche recall Carey, assign Agozzino

    Nov 23, 2014, 11:00 PM EST

    Paul Carey Paul Carey

    Colorado returns to action on Tuesday night in Arizona.

  2. Video: Prust bumps into Lundqvist, fights Klein

    Nov 23, 2014, 9:15 PM EST

    Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens Boston Bruins vs Montreal Canadiens

    Didn’t get a penalty for bumping into the goaltender.

  3. Ducks’ Stoner out with ‘mumps-like symptoms’

    Nov 23, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    Anaheim Ducks v St. Louis Blues Anaheim Ducks v St. Louis Blues

    Beauchemin and Perry have already missed games due to the disease this season.

  4. Report: Bruins’ recall Pastrnak from AHL (confirmed)

    Nov 23, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    David Pastrnak AP

    Chara placed on long-term injured reserve.

  5. Video: Evander Kane with a high hit on Jackman

    Nov 23, 2014, 6:25 PM EST

    New York Islanders v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    Paul Maurice irate with the penalty call.

  6. Julien: ‘It almost takes a perfect game’ for Bruins to win

    Nov 23, 2014, 5:03 PM EST

    Claude Julian, Patrice Bergeron AP

    Not much of a margin for error for the banged-up B’s.

  7. Video: Stars’ Lehtonen earned his assist last night

    Nov 23, 2014, 3:13 PM EST

    Kari Lehtonen AP

    He set up Tyler Seguin’s breakaway goal.

  8. Photo: Apparently a shot broke Brian Elliott’s cup

    Nov 23, 2014, 12:15 PM EST

    brokencup

    He shared the evidence and a boatload of hashtags.

  9. Daniel Sedin will play his 1,000th game today

    Nov 23, 2014, 11:39 AM EST

    Arizona Coyotes v Vancouver Canucks Getty Images

    His twin Henrik will play his 1,031st.

  10. Video: Jagr’s blind assist is quite the sight

    Nov 23, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

    Jaromir Jagr,  Jordan Eberle AP

    The kind of pass you’d don a mullet wig for.

  11. AHL’s Frozen Dome Classic breaks U.S. indoor hockey attendance record

    Nov 23, 2014, 9:33 AM EST

    bigcrowd

    The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets drew more than 30,000 fans.

Featured video

Coaches in and out of the hot seat

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. V. Hedman (2902)
  2. P. Sharp (2685)
  3. P. Datsyuk (2622)
  4. S. Crosby (2125)
  5. B. Marchand (2075)
  1. P. Dupuis (2050)
  2. D. Krejci (1913)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1872)
  4. Z. Chara (1869)
  5. J. Harding (1792)