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Niemi picked up his sixth loss in seven games Saturday, giving up three goals on 25 shots against the Coyotes.

While the game was lost in a shootout, it wasn't a great outing for Niemi, who now drops to 7-6-3 on the season. Although Niemi is struggling to win games, he hasn't been horrible, allowing only eight goals over his last four starts. He will continue to be a workhorse in the San Jose crease, but monitor the headlines, as it is possible the 31-year-old might not remain with the slumping Sharks for the rest of the season.

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As expected, Niemi will start Saturday against Arizona.

Niemi has been tagged with five losses in his last six appearances, though the poor record is due in large part to some lackluster offensive support from the guys ahead of him.

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Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and looks to be the starter for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Niemi's been burned for five losses his last six times out, but he's been a victim of poor support from his offense in his last two defeats. He's been roughly middle-of-the-pack as far as fantasy goalies go through 15 appearances this season, as he carries a 7-6-2 record, 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage into Saturday's contest. Niemi will have a great chance at turning the tide against the 8-10-2 Coyotes, who sit behind the Sharks in sixth place in the Pacific Division.

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Niemi stopped 26 of 28 on Thursday against the Panthers, but took the loss after a shootout.

That's five losses in six starts now for Niemi, although he's sharpened up his game over the last three contests, posting save marks of at least .929 in all three. Temporary backup Troy Grosenick isn't a big threat for playing time, so Niemi should keep getting rolled out most nights while normal backup Alex Stalock lingers on injured reserve.

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Niemi will be between the pipes Thursday against the Panthers, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.

Niemi was bypassed for Tuesday's start in Buffalo in favor of Troy Grosenick, who received his second straight nod after an impressive 45-save shutout Sunday in his NHL debut. Grosenick turned in a dud against the Sabres, but he wasn't a serious threat to challenge Niemi's standing as the team's No. 1 goalie even if he had performed well. Niemi should be a viable option in daily formats Thursday with a matchup against a Panthers squad that ranks 28th in the NHL with 2.19 goals per game.

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Niemi made 25 saves in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.

He has just two wins in the month of November. Alex Stalock had been pushing him for the blue paint prior to Stalock's injury, so Niemi really needs to buckle down to keep ahead of the talented youngster.

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Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will start Saturday against the Blue Jackets, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Niemi will draw his fourth consecutive start for the Sharks, but the bigger question is whether or not he'll make another turn Sunday against the Hurricanes. Coach Todd McLellan had previously shown a preference to split the back-to-back starts between Niemi and capable backup Alex Stalock, but with Stalock now on injured reserve following minor left surgery, the unproven Troy Grosenick is the Sharks' new No. 2 goalie. Grosenick's lack of NHL experience and unappealing numbers with AHL Worcester (2.73 GAA, .908 save percentage in 10 outings) could lead McLellan to lean heavily on Niemi oer the next several weeks.

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Niemi stopped 32 of 33 to outduel Ben Bishop in a 2-1 victory over the Lightning on Thursday.

He was well on his way to a shutout before Steven Stamkos tagged him for a mid-third-period goal, but if you're gonna give up a goal to any Bolt, it may as well be Stamkos. The victory ends a three-game losing skid for Niemi in which he'd allowed 11 goals.

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Niemi will be between the pipes for the Sharks on Thursday, according to the Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka.

With Alex Stalock hurt, expect Niemi to continue to carry the majority of the goaltending burden. He hasn't been great in recent starts, with his save percentage at .889 or lower over the last three games, all of which were losses.

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Niemi allowed four goals on 30 shots in Tuesday's loss to the Panthers -- his third consecutive defeat.

Things haven't been going well of late for Niemi, who's been hit up for 11 goals over the course of those three losses. It doesn't help that the Sharks aren't producing much on offense lately, but Niemi's sub-.900 save percentages in those three games aren't getting the job done.