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Antti Niemi

34-Year-Old Goalie – Montreal Canadiens

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Niemiís second season in Dallas was even worse than his first, and his 3.30 GAA and .892 save percentage were the worst in the NHL among goalies that played at least 30 games. While the Starsí issues getting the puck out of their own end contributed to that abysmal performan...

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SHOOTS: Left   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 215   DOB: 8/29/1983   BORN: Vantaa, Finland   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract


Antti Niemi Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Penguins in July of 2017.

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Antti Niemi NHL Stats
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Season Age League Team GP W L OTL SO GAA GA SA SV SV%
2008-09 25 3 1 1 1 0 3.38 8 59 51 .864
2009-10 26 39 26 7 4 7 2.25 82 936 854 .912
2010-11 27 NHL SJ 60 35 18 6 6 2.38 140 1741 1601 .920
2011-12 28 NHL SJ 68 34 22 9 6 2.42 159 1865 1706 .915
2012-13 29 NHL SJ 43 24 12 6 4 2.16 93 1220 1127 .924
2013-14 30 NHL SJ 64 39 17 7 4 2.39 149 1705 1556 .913
2014-15 31 NHL SJ 61 31 23 7 5 2.59 155 1811 1656 .914
2015-16 32 NHL DAL 48 25 13 7 3 2.67 118 1246 1128 .905
2016-17 33 NHL DAL 37 12 12 4 0 3.30 95 880 785 .892
2017-18 34 NHL FLA 2 0 1 0 0 5.08 5 39 34 .872
2017-18 34 NHL PIT 3 0 3 0 0 7.50 16 79 63 .797
2017-18 34 NHL MON 15 5 3 4 0 2.43 32 458 426 .930
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Average Time On Ice

On average, Antti Niemi was on the ice for 52:34.

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2017-18 29:21
2017-18 42:43
2017-18 52:34

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2017-18 NHL Game Log   Antti Niemi
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Mar 15 PIT 0 1 0 4.14 4 38 34 .895
Mar 13 DAL 1 0 0 2.00 2 38 36 .947
Mar 12 @CLM Did Not Play
Mar 10 @TAM 0 0 1 1.88 2 34 32 .941
Mar 8 @FLA Did Not Play
Mar 6 @NJD Did Not Play
Mar 3 @BOS 0 0 1 1.94 2 50 48 .960
Mar 2 @NYI Did Not Play
Feb 28 NYI 1 0 0 1.02 1 28 27 .964
Feb 26 PHI Did Not Play
Feb 24 TAM 0 0 1 2.81 3 39 36 .923
Feb 22 NYR 1 0 0 1.00 1 32 31 .969
Feb 20 @PHI Did Not Play
Feb 17 @VGK 0 0 0 20.00 3 6 3 .500
Feb 15 @ARI Did Not Play
Feb 14 @COL 0 1 0 2.11 2 25 23 .920
Feb 10 NAS Did Not Play
Feb 8 @PHI Did Not Play
Feb 4 OTT Did Not Play
Feb 3 ANA 1 0 0 2.03 2 45 43 .956
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Feb 1 @CAR Did Not Play
Jan 30 @STL Did Not Play
Jan 25 CAR Did Not Play
Jan 23 COL Did Not Play
Jan 20 BOS Did Not Play
Jan 19 @WAS 1 0 0 2.03 2 26 24 .923
Jan 17 @BOS Did Not Play
Jan 15 NYI Did Not Play
Jan 13 BOS Did Not Play
Jan 7 VAN Did Not Play
Jan 4 TAM Did Not Play
Jan 2 SAN Did Not Play
Dec 30 @FLA Did Not Play
Dec 28 @TAM Did Not Play
Dec 27 @CAR Did Not Play
Dec 23 @EDM 0 1 0 3.05 3 34 31 .912
Dec 22 @CGY Did Not Play
Dec 19 @VAN Did Not Play
Dec 16 @OTT Did Not Play
Dec 14 NJD Did Not Play
Dec 9 EDM 0 0 0 3.24 2 26 24 .923
Dec 7 CGY Did Not Play
Dec 5 STL Did Not Play
Dec 2 DET Did Not Play
Nov 30 @DET Did Not Play
Nov 29 OTT Did Not Play
Nov 27 CLM Did Not Play
Nov 25 BUF Did Not Play
Nov 22 @NAS 0 0 1 1.88 2 33 31 .939
Nov 21 @DAL Did Not Play
Nov 18 TOR 0 0 0 5.45 1 4 3 .750
Nov 16 ARI Did Not Play
Nov 14 CLM Did Not Play
Nov 11 @NJD Did Not Play
Nov 10 @BUF Did Not Play
Nov 7 @CAR Did Not Play
Nov 4 @NYR Did Not Play
Nov 2 @CLM 0 0 0 6.00 3 21 18 .857
Oct 30 @TAM 0 1 0 4.44 2 18 16 .889
Oct 28 @DET Did Not Play
Oct 26 @ANA Did Not Play
Oct 24 MON Did Not Play
Oct 21 @TAM 0 1 0 7.00 7 32 25 .781
Oct 20 @FLA Did Not Play
Oct 17 @NYR Did Not Play
Oct 14 @FLA Did Not Play
Oct 12 @TAM 0 1 0 5.17 5 34 29 .853
Oct 11 @WAS Did Not Play
Oct 7 @NAS Did Not Play
Oct 5 @CHI 0 1 0 26.67 4 13 9 .692
Oct 4 @STL Did Not Play

Antti Niemi: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Niemi will get the starting nod versus the Penguins on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

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Niemi stopped 36 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Stars.

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Niemi will start in net Tuesday against the Stars, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

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Niemi stopped 32 of 34 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Lightning.

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Niemi will start in goal Saturday afternoon against host Tampa Bay, John Barlett of TSN reports.

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Niemi (lower body) will serve as Charlie Lindgren's backup Thursday against the Panthers.

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Despite earlier reports, Niemi (lower body) will not be on the bench against the Devils on Tuesday, as that role will go to Zach Fucale.

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Niemi is dealing with a lower-body injury.

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Niemi was given a therapy day Monday and is expected to serve as the backup Tuesday night against the Devils, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

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Niemi made 48 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss the Bruins on Saturday.

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Niemi will guard the goal Saturday against the Bruins in Boston, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

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Niemi stopped 27 shots in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Islanders.

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A long-time starter in San Jose, Niemi got shipped off to Dallas prior to last season to serve as the 1A to fellow Finnish countryman Kari Lehtonen, only to watch his old Sharks mates go to the Stanley Cup Finals while the Stars were bumped in the second round (mostly with Lehtonen in net). Niemi also saw his stats plunge to career-worst levels across the board Ė .905 save percentage, 2.67 GAA Ė with the change of scenery casting a harsh light on his declining skills. Stars coach Lindy Ruff will once again deploy his goalies on a hot-hand basis, which will especially damage Niemiís value in head-to-head formats. The bottom line is that come Opening Night, heíll be 33 years old and still splitting time on a team that scores a lot, but isnít known for its defense, so it wouldnít be surprising to see Niemi more or less duplicate last seasonís efforts.


Signed to a three-year contract by the Stars during the offseason, Niemi heads to Texas after spending five seasons with the Sharks. The Finnish netminder played at least 60 games in each of his four full seasons with San Jose (excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season), reaching the 30-win plateau each time. Despite that quality production, Niemi's path to a full-time starting role is as muddled as it's ever been, as he'll be joined in the Dallas net by fellow countryman Kari Lehtonen, the team's longtime No. 1. Both netminders are coming off down years, though Lehtonen's rate stats (2.94 GAA, .903 save percentage) were far uglier than Niemi's. It's quite likely that the two goalies will open the season in a timeshare, with the hope that a reduced starting load for both established workhorses results in better per-game numbers. If that plan fails, coach Lindy Ruff could simply ride the hot hand, as both Niemi and Lehtonen are still capable of stringing together multiple strong performances in a row, even as their careers seem to be entering the decline phase. That being said, it's tough to peg which goalie may ultimately claim the larger portion of the duties -- or if anything more than a 50-50 distribution will even come about -- making Niemi a dangerous target as a lead goalie for any fantasy roster.


Niemi, despite his atypical style, remains a solid option for your fantasy team...that is, if he keeps his starting gig. Last season, he posted a very respectable .913 save percentage, 2.39 goals against average, and 39 wins, the latter of which was second-best in the NHL. It should be noted, however, that there was a bit of a late-season collapse that brought those ratios down a notch. Despite a goalie controversy waiting for him in camp with the ascendent Alex Stalock pushing for a starting gig, it's still Niemi's job to lose. He's a veteran presence and only one season removed from being a Vezina finalist and playing the most minutes of any netminder in the league. But you'd be wise to hitch your fantasy wagon to both men, just in case.


You can't ride a goalie much harder than San Jose rode Niemi last year -- he played in 43 of the team's 48 regular-season starts and was the man of the hour through the postseason. Niemi's 24-12-6 record last year with a 2.16 GAA and a .924 save percentage ought to silence any critics who have questioned his ability to take a larger workload for a team. Despite his often derided, atypical style of goaltending, he led the league with 24 wins. And only Ondrej Pavalec played more games than Niemi's 43. And Niemi led the NHL in time on ice, was third overall in saves, was one removed from the league lead with four shutouts, was 11th in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage. Wow -- he handled the workload and then some. And his numbers, while many were career bests, weren't that far off his usual mark. Now here's the but and it's a biggie. There's no way he can maintain that type of workload over a full season and still be fresh for a long playoff run. And new back-up goalie Alex Stalock is coming off a near career-threatening injury not all that long ago. If Stalock canít perform well at the NHL level, will San Jose brass push Niemi to the point of exhaustion? Itís a question worth asking, but not enough of a problem to really hurt Niemiís fantasy value right now. Niemi should be near the top -- or at the top -- of the list of goaltenders on your draft list. Not only is he playing more than most tenders, heís playing better.


Is Niemi the Rodney Dangerfield of fantasy goalies? He won a Stanley Cup with Chicago, but the team cut him loose following an arbitration battle. Yet, all he's done in San Jose is go 69-40-15 with 12 shutouts and a great goals-against average and save percentage. But, questions still remain about Niemi's workload and whether he can truly carry an NHL team. So what's the truth? His butterfly is tidy and he covers the bottom of the net well. Sure, he still struggles with rebounds and sometimes overplays the puck. However, he's poised, sneakily athletic and surprisingly quick, and he's a real battler -- he's not really going to pinch many stinkers on you. Still, we can think of at least 15 guys we'd take ahead of him in a standard, single-year draft, so that means he shouldn't be your top guy in a 12-team league, but Niemi makes an outstanding number two netminder in a two-goalie league.


A few months after his Stanley Cup win with the Blackhawks, Niemi brought his talents to the Bay Area by signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks. It was a curious move, as the team had already signed fellow Finnish netminder, Antero Niittymaki, to a two-year contract earlier in the offseason. What started as an evenly distributed workload eventually rolled in Niemi's favor as his fellow countryman sustained a groin injury in January that opened the door for Niemi to become the No. 1 choice for starts. Niemi never looked back and remained the undisputed starter through the end of the postseason. His numbers were rock solid in the end, as he posted a 35-18-6 record, 2.38 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and six shutouts. The team re-upped with Niemi in March of 2011, extending his contract for four years and $15.2 million. There is no denying Niemi's importance to the Sharks, and fantasy owners should be happy with his gaudy win totals and peripheral stats for years to come.


2009-10 was a busy year for Niemi. He stole the starting job away from Cristobal Huet, led his team to a Stanley Cup victory, and eventually was released from the Blackhawks, who desperately needed to clear cap space after an arbitrator awarded Niemi a $2.75 million contract for the 2010-11 season. The Sharks couldn't resist signing Niemi, but fantasy owners shouldn't jump as quickly for his services, as Team Teal now has three capable netminders fighting for minutes between the pipes: Niemi, Thomas Greiss and Antero Niittymaki. It's a boom or bust year for Niemi.


It was his first season in the United States and he definitely showed some potential. The problem though is that starter Crisobal Huet has a big contract. Huet will get plenty of opportunities, but an injury or even poor play may open the door for Niemi this season. Niemi's arrival is bad news for Corey Crawford who was considered the top netminding prospect for the Hawks before Niemi entered the pictured last year. Niemi showed signs last year of being a future answer in Chicago with a .913 save percentage and 2.43 GAA in 38 starts for Rockford (AHL).