Kahkonen gave up nine goals on 38 shots in Friday's 9-1 loss to the Blues. Despite being outmatched from the start, head coach Dean Evason didn't pull Kahkonen in the first game of a back-to-back. Instead, the Finnish goalie was on the hook for a franchise-worst loss. He dropped to 12-7-0 with a 2.69 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 19 appearances. Kahkonen won nine straight games between Feb. 18 and March 16, but he's since lost his last three outings. Cam Talbot will almost certainly start Saturday's rematch with the Blues.
Kahkonen will patrol the crease during Friday's road game versus the Blues, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Kahkonen hasn't played since March 31 versus the Sharks, when he surrendered three goals on 32 shots en route to a 4-2 defeat. The 24-year-old rookie will attempt to get back in the win column in a road matchup with a St. Louis squad that's 5-9-4 at home this year.
Kahkonen allowed three goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks. The fourth goal was an empty-netter. Kahkonen was perfect in the first period, but the Sharks took over in the second and held on to hand the Finn his second straight loss. The 24-year-old has a 12-6-0 record with a 2.34 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 18 games. The Wild finish a back-to-back Thursday in Vegas, which likely means Kahkonen will back up Cam Talbot for that contest.
Kahkonen will defend the blue paint during Wednesday's road game versus the Sharks, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports. Kahkonen hasn't started in goal since March 20, when he surrendered six goals on 42 shots in an ugly 6-0 loss to the Avalanche. The 24-year-old rookie will attempt to bounce back and pick up his 13th win of the season in a road matchup with a San Jose squad that's only averaging 2.64 goals per game at home this campaign, 25th in the NHL.
Kahkonen will guard the road cage during Saturday's clash with Colorado, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports. Kahkonen was unbeatable in his last start Tuesday against Arizona, stopping all 31 shots he faced en route to his 12th win and second shutout of the season. The 24-year-old rookie will attempt to pick up a 10th straight victory in a road matchup with an Avalanche squad that's averaging 3.50 goals per game at home this campaign, seventh in the NHL.
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