Antti Niemi G SAN 10 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 10 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.
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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.
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Niemi is expected to start in goal Saturday against the Flames, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Niemi gave up four goals on just 24 shots Thursday against Boston but still earned the victory, his 10th of the season. He's in line to oppose Karri Ramo on Saturday, but coach Todd McLellan said Alex Stalock will likely mind the next Sunday in the second half of a back-to-back set.
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Niemi stopped 20 of 24 shots in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Bruins.
Niemi looked like he might have been at risk of getting pulled early after yielding two goals in the first three minutes, but he settled down after that and then watched his offense overwhelm the Boston defense over the final two periods. In so doing, Niemi claimed his third consecutive victory, though he's only been truly impressive in one of those games. Still, it appears he's played well enough for coach Todd McLellan to continue rolling him as the No. 1 goalie, as backup Alex Stalock has yet to see any work since returning from injured reserve last Saturday.
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Niemi will be in the crease Thursday against the Bruins, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Alex Stalock looks to be ready to receive a start if needed, but coach Todd McLellan will stick with Niemi after he yielded just one goal on 29 shots in a win over the Flyers on Tuesday. He hasn't shown a ton of consistency outing-to-outing, but he'll probably still be the favorite to come away with the win against a Bruins squad in the middle of a West Coast road trip.
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Niemi will be between the pipes Tuesday against the Flyers, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Though Alex Stalock (knee) has been activated from IR, coach Todd McLellan still wants to give him a little more practice time before having him ready to go by the weekend. Niemi still looks to have a hold on the starting job once Stalock is completely healthy, but his overall body of work this season (8-7-3, 2.57 GAA, .914 save percentage) isn't exactly world-beating.
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Niemi gave up four goals on 34 shots in Saturday's win over Anaheim.
While it wasn't Niemi's best outing, the Sharks scored six goals Saturday to ensure the Finnish goaltender could pick up his first win in five games. If the Sharks keep scoring at a high level, more wins will follow for Niemi, who has a respectable .914 save percentage and 2.57 GAA on the season.
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Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will likely start Saturday against the Ducks, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Finnish goaltender will look to break a four game losing streak on Saturday against Anaheim. The Sharks activated backup netminder Alex Stalock on Saturday who, unless Niemi can begin to play at a higher level, will likely begin to steal some starts in net going forward.