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31 Antti Niemi G
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 8/29/1983 | Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland | Team: San Jose Sharks | College: None | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/73 | Average Draft Position: 24.29
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4/17/2014

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Sharks Will Start Niemi In Game 1

News: Antti Niemi was named the starter for Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Todd McLellan declined to name his starting goalie at Wednesday's practice, but as expected, Antti Niemi was the first off the ice at Thursday's morning skate and will get the nod. Despite the emergence of Alex Stalock as one of the NHL's better backups this season, Niemi has put together another nice season for the Sharks. He carries a 39-17-7 record, 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage into Thursday's contest.

4/16/2014

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Sharks Could Turn To Niemi

News: While the Sharks have not named their starting goalie for Thursday's playoff opener against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com suggests that Antti Niemi is probably the better bet to get the nod.
Analysis: The report points out that Antti Niemi -- who started five of the Sharks' last six games -- worked during special teams practice Wednesday, during which time fellow goalie Alex Stalock worked with some of the team's the lower profile players. We'll seek additional clarity on the situation after Thursday's morning skate.

4/15/2014

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Niemi Unsure If He Starts For Sharks

News: Antti Niemi is not yet sure who will be between the pipes for the Sharks in Game 1 of their series with the Kings, according to CSN Bay Area.
Analysis: It's not just us that coach Todd McLellan is keeping his starter a secret from it appears. Neither Antti Niemi or Alex Stalock have been notified of a start and no one expects to know until Thursday after morning skate.

4/13/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Finishes Season With A Win

News: Antti Niemi finished the season by stopping 30 of 32 Phoenix shots in a win on Saturday.
Analysis: Saturday was a good way to end the season for Antti Niemi, who has struggled in stretches this season, leaving some question as to who the Sharks would start in net for the playoffs. Despite strong play from rookie Alex Stalock, it's likely to be Niemi's net to lose. Though coach McLellan did say, "We think we have two goaltenders who can play. We'll be prepared to use both of them if we need to."

4/12/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Between The Pipes Saturday

News: Antti Niemi will be in net for the Sharks on Saturday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi will take his usual spot in net for the season finale. The netminder has been struggling as of late, recording a save percentage below .900 in four of the past five contests, but will look to turn things around Saturday for the Sharks' playoff run.

4/10/2014

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Sharks, Niemi Lose Game, Division

News: Antti Niemi was pulled halfway through Wednesday's game after letting in three goals on 19 shots against Anaheim.
Analysis: With the loss, the Sharks allowed Anaheim to clinch the Pacific Division. Antti Niemi has now finished with a save percentage under .900 in four of the last five games. The Sharks are still finding ways to win, but Niemi is trending in the wrong direction.

4/10/2014

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Sharks Going With Niemi On Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi will man the net Wednesday against the Ducks, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Analysis: The Sharks are nipping on the heels of the sinking Ducks for the top spot in the Pacific Division, so it's without much surprise that they'll turn to their top goalie in this one. Antti Niemi hasn't been playing his best over his last couple of outings, but the Ducks have even greater question marks in their own goal with Jonas Hiller, who is just 4-4-3 with a 3.01 GAA and .889 save percentage since the Olympic break.

4/6/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Roughed Up In Sharks' Home Loss

News: Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 24 shots (.875) in a demoralizing 3-0 home loss to the Predators on Saturday.
Analysis: Antti Niemi's had what you'd call a good night only once in his past four starts, and he might be seeing Alex Stalock a bit closer in the rear-view mirror.

4/5/2014

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Sharks' Niemi In Net Saturday Vs. Preds

News: Antti Niemi will start Saturday's game against the Predators, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi gets a third straight start, after picking up a nice 2-1 win over the Kings on Thursday. He'll almost certainly be back in net for the next game, as the Sharks get three days off before facing the Ducks on Wednesday. Anaheim has a one-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division, albeit with a game in hand.

4/3/2014

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Niemi's 26 Saves Pace Sharks

News: Antti Niemi stopped 26 of 27 shots in Thursday's win over the visiting Kings.
Analysis: Thursday's effort was Antti Niemi's 38th win, which now has him in sole possession of the second-most victories in the NHL, one behind Colorado's Semyon Varlamov. Niemi's been pulling up his numbers over hte last month as he tries to end this up-and-down regular season on a high note.

4/3/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Turn To Niemi On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi is slated to start Thursday's game against the Kings, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi, who has split his last six decisions for the Sharks, will square off against a Los Angeles team that will be playing in back-to-back contests after blanking the Coyotes 4-0 on Wednesday.

4/2/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Wins Ugly

News: Antti Niemi allowed four goals on 29 shots in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.
Analysis: Not the sort of fantasy line you'd like to see an elite-type goalie post against Edmonton, but hey, a win's a win, even if that's consecutive four-goal outings for Antti Niemi. In fact, since his 41-save shutout of the Rangers back on March 16, he's allowed 17 goals in six games, finishing with a sub-.900 save mark in four of those contests.

4/1/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Gets The Nod Tuesday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Oilers, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi is coming off a stellar month of March in which he posted a 2.09 GAA and .924 save percentage in 10 games. He will look to stay hot against an Oilers squad that has averaged just 1.6 goals over its last five games.

3/28/2014

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Niemi, Sharks Take Loss On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi took a loss Thursday, stopping 27 of 31 shots lobbed by the Jets.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has been up and down all season. Earlier in March, he had four straight wins with save percentages over .900, including two shutouts. Now he's been below .900 in three of the last five games, over which the team has gone 2-2-1. Though he's been patchy, he remains the Sharks' best option going forward.

3/27/2014

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Sharks Will Start Niemi On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will draw the start in goal Thursday against the Jets, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has been superb throughout March with a 7-1-1 record, 1.88 GAA and .931 save percentage over nine starts. There's little reason to think that the Jets will do much to bother Niemi while he remains in this sort of prolonged groove.

3/26/2014

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Sharks Turn To Niemi After Night Off

News: Antti Niemi will be back between the pipes Tuesday against the Oilers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: After receiving the day off for Monday's shootout loss to the Flames, Antti Niemi will draw back into the lineup a night later and looks like one of the better goalie options available among the 10 games on the Tuesday slate. He'll be facing an Oilers squad that took an 8-1 defeat to the Flames their last time out and will remain without the services of forward Nail Yakupov (ankle).

3/25/2014

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Niemi Stops 28 As Sharks Roll

News: Antti Niemi saved 28 of 30 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Edmonton.
Analysis: Antti Niemi continues his steady play, as he's given up two goals in three consecutive games and has a 7-1-1 record in his last nine starts. Keep rolling him whenever he's starting -- which he usually is.

3/22/2014

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Niemi, Sharks Take Tough Home Loss

News: Antti Niemi stopped 23 shots in regulation and overtime Saturday, but was outdueled in the shootout by Washington netminder Braden Holtby as the Sharks fell at home, 3-2.
Analysis: This has been a no-surprises season for Antti Niemi, who has posted stats that are in line with his career norms. The coaching staff has been resting him liberally -- backup Alex Stalock has 15 starts in the books -- so Niemi should be steady as the regular season winds down.

3/22/2014

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Niemi Starts For Sharks On Saturday

News: Antti Niemi will be in net Saturday against the Capitals, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: Antti Niemi had a good run after few slow games, but his last two starts have seen him finish with save percentages of .889 and .875. The team needs him to be the man down the stretch so they're sticking with him as they play to clinch a playoff berth Saturday.

3/20/2014

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Niemi Faces Just 18 As Sharks Down Ducks

News: Antti Niemi stopped 16 of the mere 18 shots sent his way by the Ducks in Thursday's 3-2 win.
Analysis: After taking a day off from winning on Tuesday, Antti Niemi got right back at it with his sixth victory in his last seven starts. The Sharks will likely keep rolling him out most nights down the stretch, though backup Alex Stalock has earned himself a few more starts as the season winds down.

3/20/2014

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Sharks Going With Niemi On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will draw the start in the net Thursday against the Ducks, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: After engaging in something of a timeshare the last couple of weeks with backup Alex Stalock, it seems like Antti Niemi has settled back into full-time duty now, as he'll draw his fourth straight start Thursday. He's won in five of his six March outings, owning a 1.84 GAA and .936 save percentage for the month.

3/18/2014

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Niemi, Sharks Lose To Panthers

News: Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 24 shots in a 3-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The loss ends Antti Niemi's five-game winning streak. Things certainly don't get easier Thursday, when the Ducks come to town.

3/18/2014

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Niemi In Net For Sharks On Tuesday

News: Antti Niemi will be starting on Tuesday against the Panthers, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN.
Analysis: No surprise here as he was absolutely brilliant in his shutout win over the Rangers on Sunday, stopping all 41 shots the Blueshirts fired at him.

3/16/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Unbeatable In Win Over Rangers

News: Antti Niemi stopped all 41 shots he faced in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: Despite getting some help from an "inconclusive" goal review and a few missed oppportunities by his opponents, Antti Niemi was in beast-mode for this one. After a sharp 20-save first period and a relatively quiet second period, the 30-year-old Finnish netminder stole the win for a mostly overwhelmed Sharks team in the third period. Niemi, who registered his second shutout with the victory, is 34-13-6 through 53 games played this season.

3/16/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Starting Sunday

News: Antti Niemi will start in goal Sunday against the Rangers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Currently sitting at 33 wins for the season, Antti Niemi can tie Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury for the league lead with a victory Sunday. Niemi has been sitting a bit more lately, but it seems the Sharks are just taking measures to ensure his health for the postseason.