Niemi will be between the pipes in Tuesday's game against the Senators, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. Niemi was perfect in his last outing, stopping all 22 shots he faced en route to a 3-0 shutout victory Saturday over Buffalo, his second shutout of the season. Ottawa is a far tougher opponent, however, as the Senators have averaged 2.90 goals scored per game this season, seventh best in the NHL.
Niemi stopped all 22 shots he faced Saturday night, leading to his second shutout of the season. The workload was light for Niemi as he and the Stars handed the Sabres their first shutout of the 2015-16 campaign. Niemi is splitting time in net evenly with Kari Lehtonen and that doesn't figure to change anytime soon considering it's been a winning recipe and the Stars are dominating as current leaders of the Western Conference.
Niemi will field shots from the Sabres as the starter Saturday night at home, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Stars already have 71 team goals through 20 games this season, which has helped Nemo (7-3-0) find wins even when he's not at his best. However, he has really been lit up in the rare losses based on a 4.44 GAA and .845 percentage in those situations. Niemi will look to hand the Sabres their fourth consecutive loss Saturday.
Niemi made his first start in a week Tuesday evening in Buffalo, turning aside 24 of 25 shots in a 3-1 victory. Thanks to the fact that Niemi has fallen well behind Kari Lehtonen in the Stars' goaltending mix, this was only his third start and first win of November. In fact, it was the first time since Oct. 22 that Niemi held the opposition under three goals. Nonetheless, Lehtonen will more than likely be back between the pipes Thursday in Washington.
Niemi will get the start for the Stars on Tuesday, according to the Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika. Niemi was getting the lion's share of the work in Dallas until he faltered and Kari Lehtonen had a couple good starts. This will be Niemi's third start in November.
Rank Among Leaders
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||56||31||17||2||3303||132||4||2.40||1||330.4|