Niemi halted 34 of 39 shots during Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Penguins. At this point, we hope owners are not in a situation where they have to start a netminder from Dallas. Niemi constantly gets lit up, as the 33-year-old has allowed less than two goals just twice in 14 appearances. It was no surprise to see the Penguins execute against Niemi, who sits at a disappointing 3.20 GAA and .902 save percentage this season.
Niemi will guard the crease on the road Thursday against the Penguins, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. It's been a rough year for Stars' netminders this season as the team ranks dead last in goals allowed per game at 3.29. Niemi's been a contributor to the lack of defensive production as he's allowed two or more goals 11 of his 13 appearances this season. The 33-year-old backstop will have no easy task blocking pucks Thursday as he'll face a Penguins' lineup that ranks eighth in the NHL in finding the back of the net (2.91 GF/GP).
Niemi is likely to be in net for Dallas when they face the Penguins on Thursday, reports Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. Niemi has been the better of the netminders in Dallas, but he's coming off an overtime loss to the Blues where he posted an .871 save percentage, allowing four goals on 31 shots. He'll face a Penguins club that is on the second night of a back-to-back with travel.
Niemi stopped just 27 of 31 shots during Monday's overtime loss to St. Louis. Niemi has flashed upside over the past two seasons with the Stars, but he hasn't proven to be a reliable fantasy commodity outside of being a solid source of wins. Through 61 games with Dallas, he owns an underwhelming .905 save percentage, and the 33-year-old veteran has allowed three goals or more in six of his 11 starts this year. While Niemi shouldn't be counted on outside of favorable matchups, if you're selective with his opponents, there is value in owning him.
Niemi will man the crease in Monday's matchup with St. Louis, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Niemi gets the start after recording back-to-back victories in which he allowed just three pucks to bend the twine. The netminder faces a Blues squad that has won four of their last five and is averaging over three goals per night in those outings.
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