Antti Niemi G SAN 1 month ago

Niemi stopped 26 of 27 in Thursday's win over Edmonton.

With the Sharks out of the playoff picture, a meaningless win over the basement-dwelling Oilers is a hollow accomplishment, but 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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 1 month ago

Niemi is slated to start Thursday's game against the Oilers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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. Niemi, who is 2-2 over his last four starts, has allowed 13 goals in that span.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi stopped 31 of 35 shots in Saturday's loss to the Coyotes.

Not the best night for 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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi will start Saturday against the Coyotes, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic.

Alex Stalock is fighting through an illness while 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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi grabbed the win against Arizona on Friday, stopping 20 of 21 shots in a 3-1 victory.

Although it was against the West's resident cellar dwellers, this was a nice win for 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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi (illness) will start Friday's game against the Coyotes, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Alex Stalock is now the one dealing with an illness, so 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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi (illness) is expected to return to the net Friday against the Coyotes, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

With the illness sapping him of energy, 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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi (illness) isn't likely to receive the start in goal Wednesday against the Avalanche.

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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi will not start Sunday's game, though he did take part in morning skate, Kevin Kurz of CSN reports.

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.

Antti Niemi G SAN 2 months ago

Niemi was beaten four times on 34 shots Thursday, but he still came away with a 6-4 victory over the Red Wings.

That's consecutive four-goal outings for 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.