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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%: 83/57 | Average Draft Position: 79.43
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4/9/2015

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Niemi Wins Penultimate Game For Sharks

News: Antti Niemi stopped 26 of 27 in Thursday's win over Edmonton.
Analysis: With the Sharks out of the playoff picture, a meaningless win over the basement-dwelling Oilers is a hollow accomplishment, but Antti Niemi's fantasy owners won't complain. Niemi's been schizophrenic in net lately, having allowed exactly four goals three times in his last seven starts and exactly one goal in each of the other four starts. San Jose has one game left this year, and it's unclear currently whether Niemi or Alex Stalock will get the call.

4/9/2015

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Sharks Turn To Niemi On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi is slated to start Thursday's game against the Oilers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Coach Todd McLellan has yet to decide which of his goalies will start Saturday's season finale against the Kings, but back-to-back losses in which the team surrendered five goals leaves the Sharks out of playoff contention. Antti Niemi, who is 2-2 over his last four starts, has allowed 13 goals in that span.

4/4/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Makes 31 Saves In Loss

News: Antti Niemi stopped 31 of 35 shots in Saturday's loss to the Coyotes.
Analysis: Not the best night for Antti Niemi, who has allowed four goals in three of his last four games. The 31-year-old falls to 30-23-7 on the season with a .914 save percentage and 2.62 GAA. With it looking like the Sharks won't make the playoffs, the team is likely to give Alex Stalock at least one start in the final few games.

4/4/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Turn To Niemi

News: Antti Niemi will start Saturday against the Coyotes, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.
Analysis: Alex Stalock is fighting through an illness while Antti Niemi is coming off a nice 20-of-21 save start Friday after coming off an illness of his own, so the Sharks will turn to him again. Any start against the Coyotes is a good one daily formats, up and down as Niemi has been this season.

4/4/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Prevails Friday

News: Antti Niemi grabbed the win against Arizona on Friday, stopping 20 of 21 shots in a 3-1 victory.
Analysis: Although it was against the West's resident cellar dwellers, this was a nice win for Antti Niemi, who had sat out the previous three games with an illness. Backup Alex Stalock is reportedly dealing with an illness now, so it's conceivable that Niemi will start again Saturday against the very same Coyotes. Stay tuned.

4/3/2015

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Sharks' Niemi To Return From Illness Friday

News: Antti Niemi (illness) will start Friday's game against the Coyotes, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Alex Stalock is now the one dealing with an illness, so Antti Niemi could start both games of an upcoming back-to-back against the Coyotes. It's also possible the Sharks decide to recall a netminder for Saturday's game, though the call-up wouldn't necessarily start. Niemi missed the last three games while recovering from an illness, but he should be back at full strength for Friday.

4/2/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Expected To Play Friday

News: Antti Niemi (illness) is expected to return to the net Friday against the Coyotes, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: With the illness sapping him of energy, Antti Niemi has ceded the last three starts to backup Alex Stalock. Niemi seems to have made a fair amount of progress over the last couple of days, and it now sounds like Stalock might have actually acquired the bug. So long as the Sharks have one healthy goalie, there probably won't be a need for the team to bring an extra netminder aboard from the AHL ranks.

4/1/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Not Likely To Play Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi (illness) isn't likely to receive the start in goal Wednesday against the Avalanche.
Analysis: Antti Niemi is still feeling the effects of the illness he acquired over the weekend, and with the Sharks seemingly out of contention for a playoff spot, the team won't benefit by running him out there in the net at less than 100 percent. Look for Alex Stalock to pick up a third consecutive start.

3/29/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Not Starting Sunday

News: Antti Niemi will not start Sunday's game, though he did take part in morning skate, Kevin Kurz of CSN reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi is still battling an illness, so Alex Stalock will make his second straight start in goal. Niemi has been solid for most of the season - 2.62 GAA, 91.4 save percentage - but he's allowed four goals in each of his last two outings.

3/26/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Gives Up Four, But Wins

News: Antti Niemi was beaten four times on 34 shots Thursday, but he still came away with a 6-4 victory over the Red Wings.
Analysis: That's consecutive four-goal outings for Antti Niemi, but this time he was bailed out by a strong offensive showing on the part of his teammates. Despite the win, it's not very good to see him repeatedly let Detroit back into this game -- just the latest instance of the inconsistent results that have been frustrating Niemi's fantasy owners all year long.

3/26/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi On Tap To Start Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The Sharks' two-game losing streak has dropped them 10 points off the pace for the final wild-card spot out West, so until the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, expect Antti Niemi to be used with a heavy hand. Though he remains the Sharks' unquestioned No. 1 starter, Niemi's up-and-down tendencies this season have rankled fantasy owners. After back-to-back solid turns against the Maple Leafs and Habs, Niemi regressed his last time out, surrendering four goals on 36 shots in a loss to the Senators on Monday.

3/23/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Allows Four In Loss

News: Antti Niemi allowed four goals on 36 shots in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Senators.
Analysis: That's now the fourth loss in five starts for Antti Niemi, and this was one that got away from him as the Senators piled on four third-period goals (one on an empty net). The 31-year-old has failed to find any sort of consistency lately, but he could still be worth rolling out against weaker opponents.

3/23/2015

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Sharks Turn To Niemi On Monday

News: Antti Niemi is slated to start Monday's game against the Senators, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi, who has allowed just one goal in each of his last two turns, will take aim Monday at an Ottawa squad that is in the midst of an impressive a 14-1-1 run since Feb. 18th.

3/21/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Yields Just One Goal In Loss

News: Antti Niemi allowed just one goal on 28 shots Saturday, but took the 2-0 loss to Montreal.
Analysis: It was a goalie's game and Antti Niemi was outdueled by Carey Price. Not that he was nearly as good as Mr. Price, but he was certainly solid enough. Trouble is, the Sharks's playoff hopes are all but sunk after the loss, so the team may actually roll Alex Stalock instead of Niemi, just to see what the kid can do. Watch this carefully -- it could have a huge impact on your head-to-head playoff success.

3/21/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Scheduled To Start

News: Antti Niemi will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi put a stop to a two-game losing skid with a 27-save effort in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs, but he'll need more than a solid effort against one of the league's worst teams to convince fantasy owners he's worth rolling out against elite competition. With the leading contender for the Vezina Trophy in the net Saturday for a playoff-bound Canadiens squad, it's hard to imagine Niemi stealing a win at the Bell Centre. For that reason, Niemi should probably be avoided in daily formats.

3/19/2015

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Antti Niemi

Niemi Leads Sharks Past Leafs

News: Antti Niemi turned aside 27 of 28 shots Thursday in a 4-1 victory over Toronto.
Analysis: The league's been beating up on the Leafs for a while now, but that doesn't take anything away from Antti Niemi and the Sharks, as Toronto's actually played better-than-.500 hockey at home. With the victory, the Finnish netminder snaps a painful two-game skid in which he allowed eight goals on just 37 shots.

3/19/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Confirmed For Thursday

News: Antti Niemi has been confirmed as the starter in goal for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has posted strong results in his previous four career games against the Maple Leafs, going 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .925 save percentage. The Leafs will counter with Jonathan Bernier in their net.

3/19/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Likely To Start Thursday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at the Sharks' morning skate and appears likely to start Thursday against the Maple Leafs, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi is coming off two disastrous outings in a row, during which he surrendered a combined eight goals in losses to the Blackhawks and Jets. The two decisive defeats followed up two superb starts against the Predators and Penguins, against whom Niemi stopped 74 of 75 shots. That kind of inconsistency hasn't been foreign to Niemi this season, but he should at least make for a more dependable play against the awful Leafs, who have been in a tailspin since the start of January.

3/17/2015

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Sharks Yank Niemi Early Tuesday

News: Antti Niemi stopped only five of eight shots before being pulled 13:01 into Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Analysis: A hideous game for Antti Niemi, and one that comes at a bad time after he gave up five goals Saturday against the Blackhawks. He'd been on a bit of a hot streak before that, but has had trouble really settling into a groove this year and now is back to a practical .500, with a 27-20-7 record on the year. His only saving grace is that Alex Stalock was mediocre in relief, stopping just 12 of 14.

3/17/2015

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Sharks Turn To Niemi On Tuesday

News: Antti Niemi is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Jets, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi will look to bounce back Tuesday after giving up five goals on 29 shots in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Blackhawks. Prior to that rough outing, Niemi had won two straight games, while allowing just one goal in that span.

3/15/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Gets Nod Versus Former Team

News: Antti Niemi will be in the cage for Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi will unsurprisingly get the nod against his former team, against whom the goalie has posted a 6-1-0 record, 1.54 GAA, and .950 save percentage for his career. The decision for coach Todd McLellan to start him was likely made easier by his superb performances his last two times out. He held two quality teams in the Predators and Penguins to a combined one goal, stopping 74 of 75 shots in the process.

3/14/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Lit Up By Former Team

News: Antti Niemi was lit up for five goals on 29 shots by his former team in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Believe it or not, this game was deadlocked 2-2 heading into the third before the Hawks exploded for four unanswered goals in the final frame. Antti Niemi's implosion snaps a mini run of strong play for the Finn, as he'd shut out the Predators one game prior and beat the Penguins in a 39-save gem before that. Despite the fact that he'll see most of the remaining starts for the Sharks, he makes for somewhat of a shaky option given his -- and the Sharks' -- inconsistency this season.

3/13/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Stops 35, Shuts Out Nashville

News: Antti Niemi stopped all 35 shots the Predators sent his way Thursday in a 2-0 victory.
Analysis: That's one goal allowed on 75 shots spanning 125 minutes over the last two games, both against quality opponents in Pittsburgh and Nashville (although the Preds have been slumping). He's been inconsistent for much of the year, but Antti Niemi's posted save marks of .900 or better in eight consecutive games now. Blame the even-more-inconsistent San Jose offense for helping him to just a 4-4 record over that stretch.

3/12/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Slated To Play Thursday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is thus in line to start Thursday against the Predators, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: The Predators find themselves tied with the Ducks for first in the Western Conference, but a 3-6-1 mark over their last 10 games probably makes them less of a threat to Antti Niemi & Co. than their record would indicate. Niemi has struggled to gain much momentum this season, but has at least been serviceable over the last couple weeks. He's recorded save percentages above .900 in seven straight outings, though his most recent contest against the Penguins -- a 39-save, 2-1 shootout victory -- was the only game he truly stole.

3/10/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Topples Penguins

News: Antti Niemi allowed just a single goal on 40 shots as the Sharks prevailed 2-1 over Pittsburgh in a shootout Monday.
Analysis: Where has this guy been all season? Antti Niemi was terrific in this one, and has now made 26 or more saves in 10 consecutive starts -- a span that has featured just four wins. The Sharks still sit four points out of a playoff spot, so they're likely going to continue to rely heavily on the veteran netminder in the final month of the season. And, if the Sharks' 10-year playoff streak is any indication, they're going to compete hard to get to the postseason, giving Niemi ample opportunities for wins.