Antti Niemi G SAN 8 Hrs

Niemi will be in the crease Thursday against the Oilers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

With Edmonton entering play Thursday with losses in 15 of their 16 games, Niemi couldn't ask for a more favorable matchup than this. He returned last weekend in dominant fashion after dealing with an undisclosed injury earlier in the week, submitting a 29-save shutout to silence an excellent Predators squad.

Antti Niemi G SAN 8 Hrs

Niemi will get the start on Thursday against Edmonton, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

Niemi is coming off a 29-save shutout against Nashville on Saturday and looking to keep some good momentum going. The game before he stopped 33 of 35 for a .943 save percentage.

Antti Niemi G SAN 4 Days

Niemi stopped all 29 shots he faced in Saturday's win over the Avalanche.

A dominant outing from Niemi, who shut down a Nashville team that currently sits fourth in the Western Conference. The 31-year-old has now won five straight games, allowing two or fewer goals in four of his last six starts. Niemi is 12-7-3 on the season with a .919 save percentage and 2.42 GAA. Forget the slow start, as the Finnish netminder is back to being one of the league's best. He needs to be in your lineup every night he gets the start.

Antti Niemi G SAN 5 Days

Niemi (undisclosed) was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and is on track to return to the net Saturday against the Predators, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

The injury prevented Niemi from starting the Sharks' past two games, but it never seemed to be anything that was viewed as a serious concern, as the team never recalled an extra goalie. Now that he's presumably healthy after that temporary absence, Niemi will put a four-game winning streak on the line against a strong Predators squad that will likely counter with Pekka Rinne, the odds-on favorite for the Vezina Trophy. Use Niemi with caution.

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Niemi (undisclosed) is expected to start Saturday's game against the Predators, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Niemi was held out of starting the Sharks' last two games after getting banged up Tuesday morning, but it sounds like he eliminated any concerns about a long-term absence being on the table by practicing Friday. Expect the Sharks to formally announce Niemi as Saturday's starter at the completion of their gameday skate.

Antti Niemi G SAN 7 Days

Niemi (undisclosed) will not start Thursday's game against the Wild, but will be on hand to back up Alex Stalock, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

The Sharks are labeling Niemi's injury as minor after he was a late scratch Tuesday in favor of Alex Stalock, so the team appears to be taking precaution in using him as the backup. Niemi resumed on-ice work Wednesday and could be back at full health for the Sharks' next game Saturday versus the Predators.

Antti Niemi G SAN 8 Days

Niemi (undisclosed) was on the ice for Wednesday's optional session, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Niemi was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Oilers after taking a hard shot during the team's gameday skate, but his presence on the ice a day later provides hope that his injury isn't too significant. He was still able to serve as the backup for Alex Stalock in Tuesday's 5-2 win. The Sharks will likely assess his condition after Thursday's morning skate before determining if he's fit to start later in the evening against the Wild.

Antti Niemi G SAN 8 Days

Niemi was scratched from Tuesday's start against the Oilers after coach Todd McLellan said he "took a shot in the pregame skate," Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

The Sharks confirmed Niemi as Tuesday's starter after their morning session, but the goalie suffered an injury just minutes before the puck dropped and was forced to serve as the backup. Alex Stalock stepped in and guided the Sharks to the win, but provided Niemi's injury isn't anything overly significant, he'll still retain the title as the team's No. 1 goalie. The Sharks should provide an update on his condition Wednesday.

Antti Niemi G SAN 9 Days

Niemi will be between the pipes for the Sharks on Tuesday against Edmonton, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

Niemi has been up and down recently. For seven straight games his save percentage has alternated between above and below .900. He's getting wins, but it's hard to know what Niemi you're getting in any given start.

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Niemi gave up just two goals on 35 shots for his fourth straight win Saturday against Calgary.

While he gave up four goals in two of those wins, Niemi was spectacular Saturday, shutting down the Flames' high-flying offense. Now that the Sharks have caught fire, look for Niemi to keep piling on the wins. With an 11-7-1 record, a .915 save percentage, and a 2.54 GAA, Niemi is one of the more reliable fantasy goalies around. Keep in mind though, that the Sharks play again Sunday, so Niemi is likely to get a rest in favor of Alex Stalock.