Kaapo Kahkonen has won his past six games, and while it might be too early to be talking goaltending controversy, some would argue it’s created tough decisions for the Wild in the crease.

That’s not how coach Dean Evason sees it.

“You guys think of it as a tough decision,” Evason said. “As coaches, we think of it as an easy decision because we can go either way and we’re going to make the right call.”

“They have both played well and ping-ponged a little bit off of each other,” Evason added. “We are real happy with both guys and we feel very comfortable with either in the net.”

Not bad considering Kahkonen was expected to spend at least part of this season in the minors.

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After general manager Bill Guerin signed Cam Talbot to be the starter this offseason, Kahkonen looked like the unquestioned odd man out with Alex Stalock in line to be the backup.

That wasn’t the case as Stalock missed the start of this season with a reported heart condition.

It was a classic Wally Pipp situation from there, as Kahkonen proved too good to take out of the lineup, and Stalock was placed on waivers. He was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers last week.

“It’s obviously sad to see him go,” Kahkonen said. “I guess that’s part of the business. I’m treating everything the same way. Just trying to focus one game at a time.”

In other words, Kahkonen isn’t changing his approach despite the fact that his spot on the roster is now secured.

“I felt good about my game,” Kahkonen said. “I feel like I belong in the NHL. It’s still a work in progress. You’ve got to work every day and every night.”

That work has paid off so far as Kahkonen boasts a 9-4-0 record, a 2.30 goals against average, and a .918 save percentage. He’s actually been better than Talbot in every statistical category.

Asked what’s been working so well for him this season, Kahkonen couldn’t pinpoint one thing in particular. That probably speaks to how dialed in he is at the moment.

“We have that confidence that if something breaks down in front of us he’s going to be there,” defenseman Brad Hunt said .”He’s such a great kid and has a really bright future in this league. He just keeps it simple. He’s not flashy by any means, and when the save needs to be made, he makes it.”

That’s been especially true away from the Xcel Energy Center. He has a 6-1-0 record, a 1.73 goals against average, and a .935 saver percentage on the road this season.

“I approach every game the same way,” Kahkonen said. “I’m not that aware of my stats whether they’re at home or on the road. I just know we’ve won a bunch of games and that’s all that matters to me. I’m just happy we’ve been winning games. We obviously want to win a bunch more games here.”