Antti Niemi G SAN 9 Hrs
Antti Niemi blanked the Canadiens on 27 saves in the Sharks' 4-0 win Saturday night.
The shutout is Niemi's third of the season. The Sharks have 89 points, third-most in the West, but Niemi has been streaky, not really distinguishing himself in the right way this season. He has a 2.37 goals-against average and .912 save percentage, which is 25th in the league.
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Goaltender Anti Niemi is the San Jose Sharks' probable starting goaltender when they entertain the Montreal Canadiens tonight.
Coach Todd McLellan liked what he saw from Niemi in the Sharks' 5-3 win over Pittsburgh Thursday night. He made some really good saves when it was 2-0 to keep it there," McLellan said. "If it gets to three, we're in big trouble, but he kept it two and allowed his teammates to work their way back into the game." Niemi is 30-13-6 on the season, with a 2.42 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
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Antti Niemi blocked 19 of 22 shots in San Jose's 5-3 win over Pittsburgh Thursday night.
Niemi got the nod against Pittsburgh after Alex Stalock started two straight games. Niemi allowed two goals in the first period but after that he played well. He now has a 30-13-6 record with a 2.42 GAA and .911 save percentage.
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Antti Niemi made 16 saves on 19 shots in a tough 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Friday night.
Niemi's record drops to 29-13-6 on the season. The talented netminder has lost three of his last five NHL games, but has been playing some great hockey this season and should get back to his winning ways soon. Niemi won a bronze medal in Sochi.
Antti Niemi G SAN 10 Days
Antti Niemi will get another day to get used to the timezone change, as Alex Stalock will start versus the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Niemi will probably get the nod against Buffalo on Friday. He didn't get any playing with Team Finland during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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San Jose coach Todd McLellan isn't worried about Antti Niemi's frame of mind after the Sharks' starter didn't get a second of playing time for Finland at the Winter Olympics.
"That's not how Nemo's wired," McLellan said when asked if Niemi could return to the team feeling discouraged. "I think he's honored to represent his country." Phoenix's Mike Smith (Canada) and Detroit's Jimmy Howard (United States) didn't get any playing time either in Sochi, so Niemi wasn't the only high-profile netminder to sit. Getting a bronze medal could help him feel better too.
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It doesn't look like Antti Niemi will see any game action for Finland at the 2014 Olympic Games.
He served as the backup goaltender for a second straight game on Sunday during Finland's 2-1 overtime loss to Canada. Tuukka Rask started that match and he'll probably get the nod again for the Finns once the quarterfinal round begins. Kari Lehtonen played in the only game that Rask got off.
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Antti Niemi won't be uniform on Thursday for Finland's Olympic opener.
Tuukka Rask has named the Finns' starter against Austria and Kari Lehtonen will back him up. Finland returns to action on Friday versus Norway and it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that Niemi could start in that contest.