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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: 6 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/58 | Average Draft Position: 79.46
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11/26/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Going With Niemi On Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi will be in the crease Wednesday against the Flames, Brodie Brazil of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Analysis: Backup goalie Troy Grosenick is dealing with an undisclosed injury, so coach Todd McLellan doesn't have much of a choice but to roll with Antti Niemi, who likely would have received the start regardless of the circumstance. Niemi has struggled to maintain a record above .500, but he's at least delivered passable ratios thus far.

11/23/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Continues To Pick Up Losses

News: Antti Niemi picked up his sixth loss in seven games Saturday, giving up three goals on 25 shots against the Coyotes.
Analysis: While the game was lost in a shootout, it wasn't a great outing for Antti Niemi, who now drops to 7-6-3 on the season. Although Niemi is struggling to win games, he hasn't been horrible, allowing only eight goals over his last four starts. He will continue to be a workhorse in the San Jose crease, but monitor the headlines, as it is possible the 31-year-old might be traded from the slumping Sharks at some point this season.

11/23/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Niemi On Tap For Saturday Start

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and looks to be the starter for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi's been burned for five losses his last six times out, but he's been a victim of poor support from his offense in his last two defeats. He's been roughly middle-of-the-pack as far as fantasy goalies go through 15 appearances this season, as he carries a 7-6-2 record, 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage into Saturday's contest. Niemi will have a great chance at turning the tide against the 8-10-2 Coyotes, who sit behind the Sharks in sixth place in the Pacific Division.

11/22/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Will Start Saturday

News: As expected, Antti Niemi will start Saturday against Arizona.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has been tagged with five losses in his last six appearances, though the poor record is due in large part to some lackluster offensive support from the guys in front of him.

11/21/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Stuck With Shootout Loss

News: Antti Niemi stopped 26 of 28 on Thursday against the Panthers, but took the loss after a shootout.
Analysis: That's five losses in six starts now for Antti Niemi, although he's sharpened up his game over the last three contests, posting save marks of at least .929 in all three. Temporary backup Troy Grosenick isn't a big threat for playing time, so Niemi should keep getting rolled out most nights while normal backup Alex Stalock lingers on injured reserve.

11/20/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi To Man The Net Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes Thursday against the Panthers, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi was bypassed for Tuesday's start in Buffalo in favor of Troy Grosenick, who received his second straight nod after an impressive 45-save shutout Sunday in his NHL debut. Grosenick turned in a dud against the Sabres, but he wasn't a serious threat to challenge Niemi's standing as the team's No. 1 goalie even if he had performed well. Niemi should be a viable option in daily formats Thursday with a matchup against a Panthers squad that ranks 28th in the NHL with 2.19 goals per game.

11/15/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi: 25 Saves In Loss

News: Antti Niemi made 25 saves in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: He has just two wins in the month of November. Alex Stalock had been pushing him for the blue paint prior to Stalock's injury, so Antti Niemi really needs to buckle down to keep ahead of the talented youngster.

11/15/2014

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Sharks Go With Niemi On Saturday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will start Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi will draw his fourth consecutive start for the Sharks, but the bigger question is whether or not he'll make another turn Sunday against the Hurricanes. Coach Todd McLellan had previously shown a preference to split the back-to-back starts between Niemi and capable backup Alex Stalock, but with Stalock now on injured reserve following minor knee surgery, the unproven Troy Grosenick is the Sharks' new No. 2 goalie. Grosenick's lack of NHL experience and unappealing numbers with AHL Worcester (2.73 GAA, .908 save percentage in 10 outings) could lead McLellan to lean heavily on Niemi over the next several weeks.

11/14/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi's 32 Stops Lead Sharks Past Tampa Bay

News: Antti Niemi stopped 32 of 33 to outduel Ben Bishop in a 2-1 victory over the Lightning on Thursday.
Analysis: He was well on his way to a shutout before Steven Stamkos tagged him for a mid-third-period goal, but if you're gonna give up a goal to any Bolt, it may as well be Stamkos. The victory ends a three-game losing skid for Antti Niemi in which he'd allowed 11 goals.

11/13/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Starts Thursday For Sharks

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for the Sharks on Thursday, according to the Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka.
Analysis: With Alex Stalock hurt and facing an uncertain return timetable, expect Antti Niemi to continue to carry the majority of the goaltending burden. He hasn't been great in recent starts, with his save percentage at .889 or lower over the last three games, all of which were losses.

11/12/2014

Antti Niemi, G, SJ Sharks' Niemi Keeps Sinking

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Sharks' Niemi Keeps Sinking

News: Antti Niemi allowed four goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Panthers -- his third consecutive defeat.
Analysis: Things haven't been going well of late for Antti Niemi, who's been hit up for 11 goals over the course of those three losses. It doesn't help that the Sharks aren't producing much on offense lately, but Niemi's sub-.900 save percentages in those three games aren't getting the job done.

11/9/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Makes 32 Saves In Loss

News: Antti Niemi stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced in Sunday's loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has now lost two straight outings, giving up seven goals in that span. With Alex Stalock knocking on the door, Niemi will need to be better if he hopes to continue holding on to the starting position. Niemi still boasts a 6-4-1 record on the season, though, and remains one of the more reliable fantasy goalies in the game.

11/9/2014

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Sharks' Niemi To Start Sunday

News: Antti Niemi will start in goal Sunday against the Blackhawks, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports
Analysis: He had a rough outing Thursday against the Canucks, but otherwise has been decent overall this year. After sitting out last night against the Stars, Antti Niemi will get a chance Sunday to prove he is the team's best choice in goal.

11/6/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Stops Just 16 As Sharks Fall

News: Antti Niemi gave up three goals on 19 shots in Thursday's loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: After going 3-0-1 in impressive fashion over his last four starts, Antti Niemi took a step back Thursday, losing despite seeing his team nearly double up the Canucks in shots, 36-19. We'll have to wait and see if the Sharks stick with him Saturday in Dallas.

11/5/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi To Start For Sharks On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will make his fifth start in a row on Thursday against the Canucks, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has definitively taken the reins of the goaltending situation in San Jose, despite much discussion about whether or not Alex Stalock might be ready for the starting job. He currently holds a .923 save percentage, a 2.49 goals against average, and six wins through nine starts.

11/2/2014

Antti Niemi, G, SJ Sharks' Niemi Limits Isles To One Goal In Win

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Sharks' Niemi Limits Isles To One Goal In Win

News: Antti Niemi stopped 19 of 20 shots en route to his sixth win of the season Saturday against the Islanders.
Analysis: Antti Niemi was in goal for the Sharks' fourth consecutive game and has been spectacular in each outing. He's now won three of those contests and produced a save percentage above .930 in each turn, likely spelling an end to the Sharks' early-season goalie controversy in the process. The presence of the capable Alex Stalock probably won't allow Niemi to finish among the league's top netminders in terms of volume of starts, but he still seems primed to get the bulk of the nods for the Sharks in the games to come.

11/1/2014

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Sharks' Niemi To Make Fourth Straight Start

News: Antti Niemi will be in the net Saturday against the Islanders, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Analysis: It will mark the fourth start in a row for Antti Niemi, who has been stellar for the Sharks with save percentages above .930 in each of his last three turns. With every successive impressive outing, Niemi is only creating further distance between himself and Alex Stalock in their competition for the No. 1 goalie gig.

10/30/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Saves 43 In Shootout Loss

News: Antti Niemi stopped 43 of 46 shots through regulation and overtime Thursday against the Wild, but was bested in the shootout, leaving him with a 4-3 loss.
Analysis: It's never nice to lose, but if you must, you may as well post a .935 save percentage. Antti Niemi's posted a .935 or better in three consecutive starts, which will certainly help in his quest to fend off Alex Stalock for primary goaltending duties.

10/30/2014

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Sharks Go With Niemi On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will be in the net Thursday against the Wild, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: After impressive back-to-back showings in wins over the Ducks and Avalanche, Antti Niemi has begun to create some separation from Alex Stalock in the goalie timeshare. He'll make his third consecutive start Thursday and could further entrench himself as the Sharks' No. 1 goalie if he's able to outplay the Wild's Darcy Kuemper, who has been one of the league's best netminders over the season's first month.

10/29/2014

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Niemi Gets Win Number Five In Sharks Victory

News: Antti Niemi stopped 31 of 33 shots and stopped both attempts in the shootout, leading the Sharks to a win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Analysis: Antti Niemi improved his season totals Tuesday, bringing his save percentage to .918 and his GAA to 2.66. He's 5-2 through seven starts and appears to be the Sharks' go-to guy in net, despite questions about whether Alex Stalock may steal that job from him.

10/28/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Set For Tuesday Start

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for Tuesday's game against the Avalanche, CSN's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has been a bit hit-or-miss this season, giving up two goals or fewer three times, and four goals or more three other times. There's a good chance he will be a hit Tuesday facing a Colorado squad that has scored two goals or fewer in six of its nine games this season.

10/26/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Makes 33 Saves In Win

News: Antti Niemi stopped 33 of 34 shots in Sunday's win over Anaheim.
Analysis: Antti Niemi was outstanding in the win, snapping a two-game losing skid in the process. He is now 4-2-0 on the season with a .915 save percentage and 2.80 GAA. After that great outing Sunday, fantasy owners shouldn't worry about backup Alex Stalock potentially stealing his job. At least for the time being, Niemi is the No.1 in San Jose.

10/26/2014

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Sharks' Niemi To Start

News: Antti Niemi will start Sunday's game against the Ducks, Bay Area News Group reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi is reeling from allowing five goals in his last appearances. However, after Alex Stalock failed to win Saturday's matchup, Niemi will get the opportunity to start Sunday versus Anaheim.

10/23/2014

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Sharks' Niemi Gives Up Five, Loses To Jackets

News: Antti Niemi was tagged for five goals on 28 shots in Thursday's loss to the Jackets.
Analysis: An ugly outing for Antti Niemi, who was staked to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission, only to give up three unanswered goals in the second period, then was bailed out by two more goals in the third period to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead... which he then surrendered in the latter half of the period, capped by Mark Letestu's goal with 21 seconds remaining. Niemi's now been lit up for 16 goals in his last four starts. With the offense-starved Sabres coming up next on the schedule (Saturday), Niemi's fantasy owners will have to hope that the Sharks keep him in the lineup rather than going to Alex Stalock.

10/23/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi To Start For Sharks On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes Thursday against Columbus, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: For the first time this season, coach Todd McLellan will break his trend of alternating starts between his goalies, as Antti Niemi will be in the net for his second consecutive outing. Niemi is 3-1 this season with a save percentage of .920 and a GAA of 2.70. He's playing well and battling hard to really lock down that starting position over Alex Stalock.