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San Jose Sharks
Position
G
 
Jersey
31
Name  Antti Niemi
Born  8/29/1983
Height  6-2
Weight  210
Shoots  L
4/30/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi will start Game 7 of the Sharks' playoff series against the Kings on Wednesday.
Insight: San Jose has allowed Los Angeles to tie the series after leading 3-0. Niemi was pulled in both Game 4 and 5 after allowing eight goals and San Jose started Alex Stalock in Game 6.
 
3/9/2014 9:02:00 AM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi made 27 saves to blank the Canadiens Saturday night.
Insight: It was Niemi's third shutout of the season. The 30-year-old is 31-13-6 with a 2.37 GAA and a .912 SV% in 51 games, down slightly from last season but in line with his career numbers.
 
Hot10/26/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi (22 saves) recorded his second shutout in his last three games Saturday against Montreal.
Insight: Niemi hasn't allowed more than three goals in any game this season. It's still early but Niemi could be in the running for the Vezina Trophy if this keeps up.
 
Hot10/21/2013 10:45:00 PM
Description: Sharks goalie Antti Niemi continued his torrid start with a 24-save shutout Monday against Detroit.
Insight: It's Niemi's first blank slate of the season and the 24th of his career. Niemi has started all nine of San Jose's games to start the year.
 
Hot10/11/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi is still perfect after four games with four wins.
Insight: Niemi has yielded just five goals for a 1.25 GAA and a .945 SV% as the Sharks have crushed their first four opponents, scoring 21 times and winning by at least three goals each time out.
 
4/29/2013 5:36:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi tied for the NHL lead in goalie wins with 24.
Insight: Niemi started 43 of San Jose's 48 games this season and posted a 2.16 GAA, .924 SV% and four shutouts. New York's Henrik Lundqvist and Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom also won 24 games.
 
4/18/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi is 6-2-1 with a 2.11 GAA and .929 SV% in April.
Insight: Niemi quietly has gone 22-10-6 with a 2.12 GAA and .926 SV% this season. He'll start Thursday against the Wild.
 
3/28/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi blanked Anaheim on 22 shots Wednesday for his second shutout of the season.
Insight: Niemi has a 2.69 GAA this month but he has had a tremendous season, going 14-8-5 with a 2.22 GAA and .922 SV%.
 
Cold3/20/2013 5:58:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi has allowed at least three goals in each of his last six starts and four in each of his last two. He'll try to turn it around Wednesday when he starts at Edmonton.
Insight: Niemi only has 11 wins this season despite posting a .922 SV% and 2.26 GAA, and six of those wins came in his first six starts. He's 5-7-5 over his last 18 starts.
 
2/9/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi battled Mike Smith of the Coyotes to a scoreless tie over the first 65 minutes Saturday before losing in a shootout.
Insight: Niemi had four days to think about his worst start of the season Tuesday against the Blackhawks, when he gave up four goals on 30 shots. Niemi bounced back with 21 saves Saturday but couldn't pick up his first win of February. The netminder is 0-1-2 this month after going 6-0 in his first six starts.
 
Hot1/29/2013 6:32:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi will try to extend his record to 5-0 when he starts Tuesday against the Ducks.
Insight: Niemi (.933 SV%, 2.01 GAA) has racked up at least 24 saves while getting at least four goals of support in all four starts.
 
1/24/2013 4:05:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi will start again Thursday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Niemi has played well and benefited from San Jose's offense. The Sharks have scored 10 goals in two games and Niemi has saved 57 of 61 shots in 120 minutes to start out 2-0. With Mike Smith (lower-body injury) expected to miss Thursday's game, Niemi should have an easier path to win No. 3.
 
1/22/2013 6:13:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi will start Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers.
Insight: Niemi only allowed one goal on 32 shots on Sunday to beat Calgary. Edmonton is coming off a 3-2 win at Vancouver but that is no reason for fantasy owners to bench Niemi on Tuesday.
 
1/20/2013 9:04:00 PM
Description: San Jose netminder Antti Niemi kicked off the season on a high note with a win over Calgary. He saw 32 shots and saved 31 of them (.969 SV%) in 60 minutes.
Insight: Niemi is a low-end No. 1 goaltender coming off two straight 30-win seasons. He'll give you a 2.40 GAA and .910 SV% at minimum.
 
5/19/2011 1:06:00 AM
Description: Antti Niemi allowed seven goals on 38 shots in the Sharks' 7-3 loss to Vancouver in Game 2 on Wednesday. Yahoo Sports
Insight: Niemi played a decent game over the first two periods, but his statline fell victim to a Sharks' team that self-destructed in the third period. The fact that Niemi has previously won a series against the Canucks seems to be of little consequence as the Sharks attempt to bite their way back into the Western Conference Final.
 
5/15/2011 11:27:00 PM
Description: Antti Niemi made 35 saves in the Sharks' 3-2 loss to Vancouver in Game 1 on Sunday. Yahoo Sports
Insight: Niemi held the Sharks in the game during the second period, when the Canucks tilted the arena in their favor. Niemi was his absolute best late in the second period, when he stopped a strong Canucks' flurry. Unfortunately he could not hold off the Canucks in the third period, when he allowed goals to Kevin Bieksa and Henrik Sedin. Niemi and the Sharks have now lost four of their last five playoff games, going back to the near-collapse against Detroit.
 
5/10/2011 11:54:00 PM
Description: Antti Niemi made 42 saves in the Sharks' 3-1 loss to Detroit in Game 6 on Tuesday. Yahoo Sports
Insight: Niemi had to make 32 saves in the first two periods alone without allowing a goal. Unfortunately, the Red Wings controlled the play in this game, and Niemi could not hold them off for the entire game. Expect Niemi to be strong in Game 7, although it remains to be seen if the team in front of him still has the will and confidence to win after blowing a 3-0 lead in the series.
 
5/1/2011 6:21:00 PM
Description: Antti Niemi made 33 saves in the Sharks' 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 2 on Sunday. Yahoo Sports
Insight: Over the two games against the normally high-scoring Wings, Niemi has allowed just two goals. After a rough first round in which he was pulled twice against the Kings, he is finally settling in and in a good spot with his team leading the series 2-0. Niemi went 112 minutes without allowing a goal, spanning Games 1 and 2.
 
4/24/2011 10:13:00 PM
Description: According to Sharks coach Todd McLellan, Antti Niemi will start in goal for the Sharks in Game 6 on Monday. ESPN
Insight: Niemi was pulled during both Game 3 and Game 5, fueling speculation that Antero Niittymaki would start Game 6. Niemi won a Stanley Cup last season with the Blackhawks and was the Sharks' second-half workhorse in net, so McLellan is going with the guy who got the Sharks there.
 
4/24/2011 12:38:00 AM
Description: Antti Niemi was pulled in the first period of Game 5 against Los Angeles after allowing three goals on four shots. Yahoo Sports
Insight: Niemi was also pulled during the Sharks' come-from-behind victory in Game 3, so he is on a very tight leash right now. Antero Niittymaki has played well when given his chance in this series, so the Sharks have to decide if they will go back to last year's Stanley Cup hero for their next game. The two Finns split goaltending during the first half of the season, and Niemi became the Sharks' clear number one after Niittymaki missed time due to injury.
 

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