With their No. 1 goaltender out for the foreseeable future, the Dallas Stars are expecting big things from veteran Andrew Raycroft.
If his latest effort is any indication, Raycroft seems more than capable of holding his own.
Raycroft looks to build on his first victory in nearly a year when the Stars host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
Saturday's 3-0 loss at Phoenix proved costly for Dallas (14-9-1), which lost Kari Lehtonen - 13-4-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average - to a right groin strain early in the first period.
While Raycroft failed to come through in place of the injured Lehtonen - who's expected to miss three weeks - on Saturday, he stepped up during Monday's 3-1 victory at Colorado. Raycroft made 35 saves, helping kill all three of the Avalanche's power-play opportunities.
"Raycroft was huge for us. Nice for our guys to have some confidence in him," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's good for his confidence moving forward because we are going without Kari Lehton...