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Western Pacific Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
37-15-6 80
32-18-6 70
33-18-2 68
28-16-10 66
23-21-11 57
26-25-5 57
20-34-2 42
15-35-5 35

2023 Goaltending

STATS W
Wins
L
Losses
OTL
Overtime Loss
GAA
Goals Against Average
SV%
Saves Percentage
SO
Shutout
Regular Season 6 16 2 3.46 .905 0

Top Kaapo Kahkonen News

  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Gives up four goals in loss

    Kahkonen allowed four goals on 41 shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.

    Kahkonen nearly guided the game to overtime, but Boone Jenner's tally with less than 13 seconds left in the third period was the decisive goal. This was Kahkonen's fourth straight loss -- he's allowed 12 goals while going 0-3-1 in that span. The 27-year-old netminder is down to 6-16-2 with a 3.46 GAA and a .905 save percentage over 26 appearances. With the Sharks having just two games over the next week, Kahkonen is not a strong option for fantasy managers in weekly formats.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Expected to start Saturday

    Kahkonen is set to start at home against Columbus on Saturday, according to Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now.

    Kahkonen has a 6-15-2 record, 3.43 GAA and .905 save percentage in 25 appearances in 2023-24. He saved 38 of 39 shots versus Winnipeg on Wednesday but suffered a 1-0 loss due to a lack of support. The Blue Jackets are tied for 24th offensively with 2.90 goals per game, so this is a favorable matchup for Kahkonen.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Available Thursday

    Kahkonen (leg) is available for Thursday's road game against Calgary, according to Max Miller of The Hockey News.

    Kahkonen appeared to be dealing with leg issues towards the end of Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Winnipeg, but it seems he's fine. He has a 6-15-2 record, 3.43 GAA and .905 save percentage in 25 contests in 2023-24. Kahkonen is expected to serve as the backup goaltender versus the Flames while Mackenzie Blackwood will get the start.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Appears injured late in game

    Kahkonen had trouble pushing off with his left leg when attempting to go to the bench for an extra attacker in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Jets, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

    Kahkonen stopped 39 of 40 shots in the contest, but the injury is of some concern with the Sharks playing the first game of a back-to-back. The late timing of the injury means an update may not be available until Thursday. The Sharks are expected to start Mackenzie Blackwood versus the Flames on Thursday, but Kahkonen's status will likely be signaled based on if the team calls up another goalie. Per Max Miller of The Hockey News, Kahkonen said he was okay after the game, but it's still worth double-checking on his status heading into Thursday.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Starting Wednesday

    Kahkonen will guard the road goal Wednesday versus Winnipeg, per Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now.

    In his last appearance, Kahkonen made 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim on Jan. 31. He has earned a 6-14-2 record this season with a 3.55 GAA and a .901 save percentage through 24 games played. Winnipeg sits 17th in the league this campaign with 3.02 goals per contest.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Loses in overtime

    Kahkonen stopped 31 of 34 shots in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks.

    Kahkonen had a one-goal lead to nurse in the third period, but Troy Terry tied the game with 1:01 left in regulation. Frank Vatrano then won it for the Ducks with a rush in the final minute of overtime. With losses in seven of his last nine outings, Kahkonen is not in great form heading into the All-Star break. He's down to 6-14-2 with a 3.55 GAA and a .901 save percentage over 24 appearances this season and figures to be in the backup role behind Mackenzie Blackwood following the bye week.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Slated to start Wednesday

    Kahkonen is expected to start on the road against Anaheim on Wednesday, per Max Miller of The Hockey News.

    Kahkonen has a 6-14-1 record, 3.59 GAA and .901 save percentage in 23 contests in 2023-24. He has surrendered at least three goals in four of his past five outings. Despite Kahkonen's struggles, this is a favorable matchup. Anaheim ranks 29th offensively this year with just 2.55 goals per game.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Allows four again

    Kahkonen made 31 saves Saturday in a 5-2 loss to Buffalo. He allowed four goals.

    The Sharks had a 2-0 lead early, and the Sabres responded with five unanswered goals. However, Kahkonen could hardly be faulted on any of them. The first goal was a rebound that didn't get cleared. The second was a cross-crease pass, and the third was a screen. The fourth was a one-timer on a 3-on-2 rush. Still, Kahkonen has allowed four goals in three of his five starts since the start of January (1-4-0). The Sharks make life hard for anyone in their blue paint.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Starter for Saturday

    Kahkonen is expected to start at home against Buffalo on Saturday, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Kahkonen has a 6-13-1 record, 3.56 GAA and .902 save percentage in 22 contests in 2023-24. He saved 44 of 47 shots en route to a 4-3 shootout win over LA on Monday. The Sabres, who rank 23rd offensively this year with 2.94 goals per game, figure to be a somewhat favorable matchup.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Narrowly defeats Kings

    Kahkonen saved 44 of 47 shots in a 4-3 shootout win over LA on Monday.

    LA outshot San Jose by a staggering 18-6 in the first period, but Kahkonen's efforts kept the game scoreless going into the intermission. Although he did have blemishes later in the contest, with 44 saves and two perfect shootout rounds, this was a hard-fought victory. Kahkonen, who last showed up in the win column Dec. 7, is 6-13-1 with a 3.56 GAA and a .901 save percentage in 22 appearances this campaign.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Patrolling crease Monday

    Kahkonen will be in goal against the Kings on the road Monday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.

    Kahkonen is riding a nine-game losing streak in which he's posted an 0-7-1 record and 3.26 GAA. With the Sharks entering a back-to-back set, starter Mackenzie Blackwood figures to get the nod for Tuesday's clash with the Rangers. The 27-year-old Kahkonen has never reached the 20-win threshold in his career and will be hard-pressed to do so this season.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Gets no help in Buffalo

    Kahkonen kicked out 32 of 34 shots in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Sabres.

    Buffalo's final goal was scored into an empty net. Kahkonen played well -- he was screened on the first puck that beat him, and the second came on a Sabres power play -- but the Sharks couldn't solve Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in the other crease. Kahkonen has dropped his last eight decisions, going 0-7-1 over that stretch, but his 3.26 GAA and .902 save percentage are still better than Mackenzie Blackwood's 3.86 GAA and .884 save percentage over the same period.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Starting Monday

    Per Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now, coach David Quinn said Saturday that Kahkonen will get the road start versus Buffalo on Monday.

    Kahkonen has gone winless in his past eight outings, posting a record of 0-6-1 during that span along with an. 897 save percentage. He was pulled early in the second period of Tuesday's 7-1 loss to Toronto after surrendering four goals on 20 shots. Kahkonen is 5-12-1 with a 3.70 GAA and an .897 save percentage. His name has been bandied about in trade rumors, as there are some contenders looking for goaltending help. The Sabres currently rank 21st in the league this campaign with 3.02 goals per contest.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Gets hook in Toronto

    Kahkonen allowed four goals on 20 shots before being replaced by Mackenzie Blackwood early in the second period of Tuesday's 7-1 rout at the hands of the Maple Leafs.

    The Sharks were overwhelmed from the opening puck drop, and Kahkonen can hardly be blamed for the final result when he was facing nearly a shot a minute from the Leafs. The 27-year-old netminder has dropped seven straight decisions, going 0-6-1 in his last eight outings with a 3.44 GAA and .897 save percentage, but those are actually better ratios than Blackwood has managed (3.96 GAA, .875 save percentage) during that same time period.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Starting in Toronto

    Kahkonen will defend the road goal Tuesday against Toronto, per Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now.

    Kahkonen has posted a mark of 0-5-1 with a .906 save percentage in his past seven appearances. Throught 19 games this campaign, he has a 5-11-1 record with a 3.54 GAA and a .900 save percentage. The Maple Leafs sit seventh in the league this season with 3.49 goals per contest.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Can't snap skid

    Kahkonen allowed four goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Red Wings. The fifth goal was an empty-netter.

    Kahkonen's performance has ranged from strong to struggling during his losing streak -- he's gone 0-5-1 over his last seven outings. The 27-year-old kept this game close until the end, when a redirected pass from David Perron wound up in the net as the deciding goal. Kahkonen is down to 5-11-1 with a 3.54 GAA and a .900 save percentage through 19 outings this season. Mackenzie Blackwood has backed up the last two games and could be a candidate to start soon after recovering from an illness.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: On track to start

    Per Max Miller of The Hockey News, Kahkonen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate, putting him on track to guard the home goal versus Detroit on Tuesday.

    Kahkonen was sharp in his last start Sunday against the Avalanche, stopping 30 of 32 shots, but he was still tagged with a loss due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. He'll try to snap his personal five-game losing streak in a somewhat favorable home matchup with a Red Wings team that's 7-9-1 on the road this year.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Falls short Sunday

    Kahkonen stopped 30 of 32 shots in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Avalanche.

    Kahkonen put in a strong effort in a game that saw the Avalanche triple up the Sharks in shots (33-11), but it wasn't enough. Valeri Nichushkin scored the deciding goal at 16:31 of the third period. Kahkonen has gone 0-4-1 with 16 goals allowed over his last six appearances. The Finn is at 5-10-1 with a 3.51 GAA and a .902 save percentage through 18 outings this season. With Mackenzie Blackwood recovered from his recent illness, the Sharks may return to rotating between their goalies going forward.

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  • Sharks' Kaapo Kahkonen: Starting in Colorado

    Kahkonen will protect the home net Sunday against Colorado, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    Kahkonen has posted a 5-9-1 record this season with a 3.61 GAA and a .900 save percentage through 17 games played. His last victory came Dec. 7 against Detroit, which was a relief appearance. The Avalanche rank second in the league this campaign with 3.61 goals per contest.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 217 lbs
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Age: 27
Experience: 4
Shoots: Left