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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%: 84/71 | Average Draft Position: 24.29
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6/20/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi's Future In San Jose Unclear

News: With Sharks GM Doug Wilson announcing that the team is in rebuild mode and rookie goaltender Alex Stalock getting a two-year contract extension, Antti Niemi's role for the coming season has grown increasingly unclear.
Analysis: Stalock finished the 2013-14 campaign with better numbers than Antti Niemi, but Niemi was carrying the bulk of the workload, playing in 64 games to Stalock's 18. Niemi finished the season with a 2.39 goals against average and .913 save percentage, while Stalock had a 1.87 GAA and a .932 save percentage. Niemi, who two years ago played more minutes than any goalie in the league, will likely see his playing time cut back again if he remains with the Sharks. It's possible he could be traded, though it's not clear that the Sharks are actively trying to move him at the moment.

5/1/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks, Niemi Fall In Game 7

News: Antti Niemi surrendered three goals on 28 shot attempts Wednesday against the Kings as the Sharks completed their playoff collapse to lose the series in seven games.
Analysis: After turning the net over to Alex Stalock in Game 6, coach Todd McLellan went back to Antti Niemi, his No. 1 goalie all season, but he simply couldn't match up to Jonathan Quick, who was magnificent in the series' final four games. Although another disappointing postseason performance has Niemi and the Sharks searching for answers, he'll still enter the 2014-15 campaign among the upper tier of fantasy goalies.

4/30/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Wil Start Niemi In Game 7

News: The Sharks will go with Antti Niemi in net for Game 7 on Wednesday, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: Antti Niemi started the first five games of the series, but after two rough outings where he allowed eight goals and had a .822 save percentage, the Sharks gave the net to Alex Stalock for Game 6. Stalock struggled, posting a .867 save percentage and allowing four goals. Back to Niemi now for Game 7 as the Sharks try to recover from three straight losses where they've allowed 12 goals.

4/29/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Will Sit Niemi In Game 6

News: Antti Niemi will be backing up rookie goaltender Alex Stalock in Game 6 on Monday, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: Antti Niemi was pulled from the net in his last two starts for San Jose. In those games, he allowed eight goals with an .822 save percentage.

4/26/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Pulled For San Jose

News: Antti Niemi was pulled 22 seconds into the second period of Saturday's Game 5 contest against Los Angeles after surrendering three goals on 19 shots.
Analysis: Facing 19 shots through just 20-plus minutes of hockey isn't a recipe for success, but the Sharks needed Antti Niemi to be better Saturday as they looked to close out Los Angeles. Look for Niemi to get the start if there is a Game 6, but don't be surprised to see Alex Stalock's name mentioned, as Niemi has not been at his best this playoffs.

4/26/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Will Start Game 5 For Sharks

News: Antti Niemi will be the starter for San Jose in Game 5, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Analysis: Despite getting pulled in Game 4 after allowing five goals on 26 shots, Antti Niemi will be between the pipes again. His leash may have shortened after Game 5, but the team has a 3-1 lead in the series and needs him in net if they want to make a run.

4/25/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Yank Niemi In Game 4

News: Antti Niemi was pulled from Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Kings after allowing five goals on 26 shots.
Analysis: Though he and the Sharks had come away with wins in the series' first three games, Antti Niemi had put up only so-so rate stats, and this start uglified them thoroughly. After Niemi surrendered a goal with 59 seconds left in the second period, then another one just 34 seconds into the third, Alex Stalock got the call for the remainder. Considering Niemi's uninspired play, it wouldn't be totally surprising if the Sharks turned to Stalock for Game 5.

4/23/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi, Sharks Win Third Straight

News: Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots in a Game 3 win over the Kings.
Analysis: Game 3 wasn't Antti Niemi's best outing, but his .902 save percentage got the job done. He has 2.58 GAA and his save percentage is .912. Both of those rank tenth among playoff goaltenders, which isn't ideal. But he is getting the wins.

4/21/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi, Sharks Win Game 2 Over Kings

News: Antti Niemi stopped 24 of 26 to backstop the Sharks to a win over LA in Game 2.
Analysis: Antti Niemi let in two goals early, but turned into a wall as the Sharks rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 7-2. He's been solid so far, posting .912 and .923 save percentages in the first two matches. His next test will be to keep that going on the road.

4/20/2014

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Starts For Sharks In Game 2

News: Antti Niemi will get the net for Game 2, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Analysis: Antti Niemi will get the start after stopping 31 of 34 for the win in Game 1. Expect him to start every game for the Sharks until LA finds a way to expose him. If that happens there may be a change as backup Alex Stalock has played strong all season.

4/17/2014

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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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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Antti Niemi

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.