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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%: 86/63 | Average Draft Position: 77.78
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1/31/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Rolling With Niemi On Saturday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for Saturday's tilt with the Blackhawks, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has faced a bear of a schedule lately. After drawing a loss to a surprisingly competitive Flames squad two Saturdays ago, he was able to outlast the Kings and Ducks his last two times out. He'll have difficulty sustaining that winning streak against the Blackhawks and their impressive attack, which has generated at least three goals in four of its last five games. It might be worthwhile for Niemi's owners to explore other goalie options for Saturday's slate.

1/30/2015

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Mediocre Niemi Still Good Enough For Sharks To Win

News: Antti Niemi allowed three goals on 28 shots, but came away with a 6-3 win over Anaheim on Thursday.
Analysis: You wouldn't think a performance like that would be enough to beat the Ducks, but Anaheim started Ilya Bryzgalov in goal, which gave Antti Niemi plenty of cushion to work with. Still, he could have finished with a much stronger line if not for giving back two goals with a 6-1 lead in the third period.

1/29/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Starts Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will start in the cage against the Ducks, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi was the expected started after being the first goalie off the ice in morning skate, and that is indeed the case. He should continue to see most of the starts in net for the Sharks in the second half of the season.

1/29/2015

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Antti Niemi

Niemi In Net For Sharks On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is expected to receive the start in goal against the Ducks on Thursday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.
Analysis: Antti Niemi is the go-to guy for the Sharks right now, who are fighting to stay in playoff contention. The goalie controversy that was supposed to exist with Niemi and sophomore netminder Alex Stalock hasn't been relevant for much of the season.

1/22/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Bests Kings Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi turned aside 26 of 28 shots in a 4-2 win over the Kings on Wednesday.
Analysis: This was a key division win for the Sharks, who put four points between themselves and the Kings with the victory. Antti Niemi has been good of late, grabbing wins in three of his last four starts, and should continue to get his fair share of W's on a Sharks team that always seems to find a way into the postseason. Thus far, Niemi is 19-11-5 with a 2.57 GAA and .912 save percentage this year.

1/21/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Confirmed For Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi has been confirmed to start Wednesday's game against the Kings, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: No shocker here after backup Alex Stalock manned the crease in the Sharks' last game Monday against the Devils. Antti Niemi has made two previous starts against the Kings in 2014-15, shutting them out in his season debut and allowing three goals on 29 shots in a Dec. 27 tilt.

1/21/2015

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Sharks Turn To Niemi On Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at the Sharks' pre-game skate and is thus on track to start Wednesday's game against the Kings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi -- who sports a 2.59 GAA and .911 save percentage in 34 games -- returns to the San Jose net for the team's final game before the NHL All-Star break after giving way to Alex Stalock in Monday's 5-2 loss to New Jersey.

1/18/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Loses In Overtime

News: Antti Niemi stopped 19 of 23 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to the Flames.
Analysis: It wasn't the best outing for Antti Niemi, who lost for the first time in three games. The 31-year-old is now 18-11-5 on the season with a .911 save percentage and 2.59 GAA. Considering he starts almost every game and is on track for almost 40 wins, Niemi is a dependable fantasy option in almost all formats.

1/18/2015

Antti Niemi, G, SJ Sharks' Niemi Looks To Stay Hot Saturday

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Sharks' Niemi Looks To Stay Hot Saturday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes for Saturday's game against the Flames, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: After being chased from a start last week against the Blues upon allowing five goals on 21 shots, Antti Niemi has responded with three consecutive outings in which he's compiled a save percentage above .930. Niemi's play has been somewhat up-and-down this season, but he's probably safe to roll with while he's hot for the moment.

1/16/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Saves 24 In Win

News: Antti Niemi put a stop to 24 of 25 shots in Thursday's win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Antti Niemi's been plagued by inconsistency this year, but he's turned in three very strong games in a row, having notched save marks of .931 or better in each. Unfortunately, he's also been a bit blowup-prone, and his two seasons of .920-plus save marks look more like exceptions than the rule.

1/15/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks Turn To Niemi On Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will receive the start between the pipes Thursday against the Maple Leafs, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi looks to be a safe starting choice against the visiting Leafs, who lost for the fifth time in six January contests a night earlier against the Ducks. Meanwhile, Niemi ended a cold spell of his own by defeating the Coyotes his last time out Tuesday, stopping 27 of 29 shots in the 3-2 victory. The goalie carries a 2.59 GAA and .912 save percentage over 32 appearances into Thursday's tilt.

1/14/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi To Start Tuesday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will get the start in net Tuesday against the Coyotes, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi will be making his third consecutive start between the pipes. The 31-year-old has struggled lately, recording only two wins in his last seven starts. Despite the slump, Niemi has still posted solid numbers this season, going 16-11-4 with a 2.61 GAA and .911 save percentage. Niemi will look to bounce back in a favorable matchup Tuesday, as the Coyotes rank in the bottom five in the NHL in goals scored per game.

1/13/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Delivers Win In Desert

News: Antti Niemi stopped 27 of 29 to come away with a 3-2 win Tuesday in Arizona.
Analysis: This represents a solid outing for Antti Niemi and a much-needed bounce-back in an easier matchup following losses to the red-hot Rangers and Blues. He's been a picture of inconsistency, and yet his rate stats have remained halfway decent -- partly because when he's been good, he's been very good.

1/10/2015

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Sharks' Niemi Gives Up Two Goals In Loss

News: Antti Niemi was beaten for two goals on 31 shots in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: Antti Niemi put forth a strong outing Saturday, but was outdueled by Henrik Lundqvist and the red-hot Rangers, who have now won 13 of their last 14 games. Niemi has managed just two wins in his last seven appearances, giving him a 16-11-4 record on the season. Hopefully Saturday is a sign of things to come for Niemi, as he had been struggling, giving up 13 goals in his previous three outings. With a lackluster .911 save percentage and 2.61 GAA, Niemi is still a strong fantasy option due to his heavy workload and 16 wins.

1/10/2015

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Sharks Go With Niemi On Saturday

News: Antti Niemi will be called upon to start Saturday's game against the Rangers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The Rangers represent a formidable adversary for Antti Niemi, but the netminder is likely just happy to have St. Louis off the schedule for the rest of the season. The Blues whipped Niemi and backup Alex Stalock for seven goals in both of their meetings over the last week, dinging the ratios of both. Fortunately, Stalock's struggles in relief during those outings have allowed Niemi to maintain the top perch on the depth chart, which should remain the case for the foreseeable future. That being said, Niemi will need to start straightening things out, and a strong outing against the Stanley Cup runners-up would go a long way to restoring some confidence.

1/8/2015

Antti Niemi, G, SJ Sharks' Niemi Can't Stop Blues

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Sharks' Niemi Can't Stop Blues

News: Antti Niemi allowed five goals on 21 shots before being yanked from Thursday's 7-2 loss at the hands of the Blues.
Analysis: For what it's worth, Alex Stalock was arguably even worse in relief, giving up two goals on just seven shots. Antti Niemi's drawn the Blues twice in his last three starts, and he's been pulled from both games, giving up a combined 11 goals. He'll surely be glad to check his schedule and see no more games against St. Louis for the rest of the regular season.

1/8/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Starting Thursday

News: Antti Niemi will be between the pipes Thursday against the Blues, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: With backup Alex Stalock getting the call Tuesday against the Wild, Antti Niemi returns to the net in search of his 17th win of the season. He'll probably enter the contest as the underdog, however, as the St. Louis attack has been absolutely destroying the competition of late, potting three or more goals in five of their last six games. One of those efforts included a 7-2 win over the Sharks last Saturday, which saw Niemi get chased from the game in the third period after surrendering his sixth goal.

1/6/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Starting Monday

News: Antti Niemi will start Monday's game against the Jets, Scott Billeck of MyToba.ca reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi recorded a .929 save percentage in December but was roughed up in his first start of the New Year on Saturday, allowing six goals to the Blues before being pulled early in the third period. He'll look to rebound against a Winnipeg team hat ranks 22nd in goals per game (2.5).

1/5/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Rebounds With Win

News: Antti Niemi faced just 19 shots, saving 17 of them, in Monday's 3-2 win against the Jets.
Analysis: Antti Niemi wasn't tested heavily but he was able to walk away with a win to rebound from his six goal outing on Saturday. The 31-year-old is now 16-9-4 with a 2.51 GAA and .914 save percentage, and with the exclusion of Saturday's performance he's been one of the more reliable options of late with just two regulation losses since November.

1/4/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Gives Up Six Goals, Gets Yanked

News: Antti Niemi was pulled Saturday against the Blues after giving up six goals on 27 shots.
Analysis: Now that's an odd way to build off a 28-save shutout. Just a few days after blanking the Ducks, Antti Niemi got absolutely torched by the Blues, giving up five even-strength goals for the first time since Nov.17, 2013. The 31-year-old now owns a 15-9-4 record on the season, to go with a .914 save percentage and 2.53 GAA. While Niemi has lost three of his past four games, he still has only two regulation losses in his past 11 starts. Chalk this one up as a bad outing and move on.

1/3/2015

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Gets Saturday Nod

News: Antti Niemi will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: After Antti Niemi delivered a shutout of the divisional-rival Ducks on New Year's Eve, coach Todd McLellan will have no qualms about sticking with his top goalie for another pivotal matchup against St. Louis. Niemi was the victor in his only other start against the Blues this season back on Dec. 20, stopping 18 of 20 shots in an overtime win.

12/31/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Delivers Shutout Win

News: Antti Niemi delivered a 28-save shutout win over the Ducks on New Year's Eve. It's his third shutout of the season and second in his last six games.
Analysis: Yes, he'd dropped two straight games prior to Wednesday's game, but he looked sharp against the quackers. He's now 8-1-1 in his last 10 and is as good a roll as any right now.

12/31/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi To Draw Start Wednesday

News: Antti Niemi led the Sharks on to the ice for pregame warmups, and will start in goal Wednesday against the Ducks, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi has lost back-to-back contests, but the Sharks had been riding a seven-game win streak behind him prior to that. He owns a .920 save percentage in the month of December.

12/28/2014

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Antti Niemi

Sharks' Niemi Takes Defeat Saturday

News: Antti Niemi made 26 saves, but fell by a 3-1 count to the Kings on Saturday night.
Analysis: Though he entered Saturday's contest a winner in seven of his last eight starts, Antti Niemi hadn't been playing especially well, instead benefiting from a red-hot offense. With the Los Angeles defense neutralizing the San Jose attack for much of the game, Niemi wasn't able to hold serve, squandering an early 1-0 lead in the process. The Sharks will be back in action Tuesday against the Canucks, but with a game the following night in Anaheim, Niemi figures to receive a break for one of the contests.

12/27/2014

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Sharks' Niemi On Track To Start Saturday

News: Antti Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is projected to start Saturday versus the Kings, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Antti Niemi ended up taking an overtime loss to the Ducks in his last start Monday, but he'll be forgiven for the loss after opening December with a 6-0 record. The netminder hasn't been consistently sharp in those outings, but has ridden the coattails of a red-hot offense to the victory column nonetheless. That trend could continue against the Kings, who have received shoddy play from Saturday's starter, Jonathan Quick, in goal recently.