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May 8, 2019 08:04 PM
Antti Niemi: Headed overseas
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Niemi will join Helsinki Jokerit (KHL) for the 2019-20 campaign, Juha Luotola of Satakunnan Kansa reports.

Niemi saw action in 17 games with the Habs this year, in which he posted an 8-6-2 record, 3.78 GAA and .887 save percentage. The netminder played for three different teams in 2017-18 and appeared to have found a home in Montreal, but a poor campaign saw him get his walking order immediately following season's end.

April 9, 2019 04:20 PM
Antti Niemi: Won't be re-signed by Montreal
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The Canadiens aren't interested in re-signing Niemi this offseason.

Niemi struggled in limited action this campaign, compiling an 8-6-2 record while posting a sub-par 3.78 GAA and .887 save percentage in 17 appearances, so it's not exactly surprising to see that Montreal isn't interested in bringing him back to backup Carey Price again in 2019-20. The 35-year-old journeyman will hope to land a backup gig with a different NHL club this offseason, but if he doesn't garner any interest, he may decide to head overseas to continue his career.

March 8, 2019 11:32 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Rough night against former team
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Niemi surrendered four goals on 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Thursday.

Making a rare appearance in place of the oft-used Carey Price, Niemi didn't have what it takes to stop the NHL's third-best offense. Niemi's record falls to 8-6-2 with a 3.78 GAA and an .887 save percentage. Expect Price to start Friday's contest in Anaheim.

March 7, 2019 02:52 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Receives starting nod Thursday
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Niemi will start in the cage Thursday versus the Sharks in San Jose.

Niemi last made an appearance in the crease Feb. 7 versus the Panthers, when he let in three goals on nine shots. The Canadiens remain in the thick of the playoff hunt, so his opportunities should be sparse down the stretch, but he'll get one Thursday versus a Sharks club notching 3.71 goals per game at home this season.

February 18, 2019 02:52 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Pulled versus Panthers
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Niemi was replaced by Carey Price after allowing three goals on nine shots in Sunday's 6-3 loss to Florida.

Because Montreal tied the game at three in the second period, Niemi's record will not be affected by Sunday's loss and will remain at 8-5-2. On Sunday, the Finn played just 13:57 before he was replaced by Carey Price, who made 24 saves and allowed a pair of goals in the road defeat.

February 18, 2019 10:28 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Draws rare start
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Niemi will start on the road against the Panthers on Sunday, Eric Engels of reports.

The 35-year-old has not seen the ice since Feb. 2, and has a 3.61 GAA and .893 save percentage this campaign. Niemi could be busy, facing a Panthers team that averages 33.3 shots per game.

February 2, 2019 06:36 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Pushes game to overtime
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Niemi made 24 saves Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss to New Jersey.

Niemi was pressed into service because of Carey Price's one-game suspension. He will be back on the bench Sunday when the Habs take on Edmonton.

February 1, 2019 08:16 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Will start Saturday
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Niemi will start Saturday's home game against the Devils, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Niemi lines up between the pipes because No. 1 goalie Carey Price is serving a one-game suspension for declining an invitation to participate in the All-Star Game. Montreal is expected to call up Michael McNiven from AHL Laval to serve as Niemi's backup.

January 20, 2019 01:20 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Three-game win streak snapped
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Niemi made 19 saves in a 5-2 loss to Philadephia on Saturday night.

Niemi is used in spot duty and had been money in the bank in his last three games (all wins). Unfortunately, Philly had his number Saturday. Niemi's record drops to 8-5 with the loss.

January 19, 2019 04:44 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Gets starting nod
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Niemi will start between the pipes in Saturday's home game against the Flyers.

Niemi was unbelievable in his last start, turning aside 52 of 53 shots en route to an impressive 5-1 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday. The Finnish netminder will look to stay sharp and secure a fourth straight victory in a home matchup with a Philadelphia team that's 8-13-3 on the road this season.

January 15, 2019 10:56 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Dazzles in home win
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Niemi made 52 saves in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Panthers.

The above is not a typo, as Niemi was absolutely brilliant in Tuesday's game, allowing a single goal on 53 shots. His performance included 21 saves in the third period. The 52-save showing set a new franchise record for most in a home game. Niemi's season record improves to 8-4-1 with a 3.63 GAA and .897 save percentage. He figures to start one of Montreal's next two games, with the Habs set to play back-to-back contests Friday and Saturday.

January 15, 2019 02:52 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Draws home start Tuesday
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Niemi will be the home starter versus the Panthers on Tuesday, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

Niemi reportedly will be countered by 39-year-old netminder Roberto Luongo in this divisional game against a Panthers club that ranks 11th in the league in scoring at 3.09 goals per game. Carey Price was in goal for an overtime win over the Bruins on Monday, so that's the main reason why coach Claude Julien will ice the backup this time around.

January 8, 2019 11:16 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Picks up win in Motor City
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Niemi allowed a pair of goals on 32 shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Detroit.

An encouraging performance from Niemi gives the Finnish netminder three wins in his last four starts. He isn't likely to get too many opportunities moving forward, with Carey Price back healthy, but Niemi will need to be sharp whenever he's called upon, as the Canadiens continue their playoff push and need every win they can get. Tuesday's win moves Niemi's record to 7-4-1 with a 3.85 GAA and .886 save percentage.

January 8, 2019 05:16 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Starting in Detroit
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Niemi will guard the cage in Tuesday's road game against the Red Wings, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.

Niemi was sharp in his last start Dec. 31 against the Stars, stopping 45 of 47 shots en route to a 3-2 win. The veteran netminder will look to stay dialed in and secure his seventh victory of the season in a road matchup with a Detroit team that's only averaging 2.83 goals per game at home this campaign, 26th in the NHL.

December 31, 2018 11:56 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Incredible performance Monday
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Niemi amassed 45 saves in Monday's 3-2 overtime road win over the Stars.

Coming into this game, 38 saves were the most Niemi had seen this season. He was absolutely brilliant in the comeback win and even worked around a Jamie Benn power-play goal for Dallas' second tally in about a seven-minute span. Niemi has plenty of experience operating as a No. 1 goalie, but he'll relinquish the prime role as soon as Carey Price is ready to return from his lower-body injury.

December 31, 2018 01:12 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Guarding cage against Stars
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Niemi will be in goal on the road versus Dallas on Monday, Chantal Machabee of RDS reports.

Niemi will make his third straight start due to the absence of Carey Price (lower body). The Finnish netminder got rocked by the Lightning his last time out to the tune of six goals allowed on 32 shots. Look for the 35-year-old to continue to carry the load for the foreseeable future.

December 30, 2018 03:20 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Plays sieve against Bolts
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Niemi made 26 saves in a 6-5 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.

Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Niemi isn't going to help you in Carey Price's absence. He struggles to stop pucks and may not be the answer for the Habs if Price is out for long.

December 29, 2018 06:52 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Back for more Saturday
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Niemi will be the road starter versus the Lightning on Saturday, per the roster report.

Niemi will complete the back-to-back set after getting the best of the Panthers with a 23-save outing in Sunrise, Florida on Friday. Montreal evidently would rather take the chance on a potentially weary Niemi than ice 21-year-old Michael McNiven for his NHL debut, which makes a lot of sense considering the next opponent is a Lightning squad with the league's best offense at 4.13 goals per game.

December 29, 2018 08:40 AM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Continues winning despite struggles
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Niemi allowed three goals on 26 shots in a 5-3 victory against the Panthers on Friday.

While he's won more than half of the games he's started, Niemi's numbers are subpar. In the last five contests, he owns an .865 save percentage and a 4.77 GAA. His overall numbers aren't much better -- .877 save percentage and 4.01 GAA. Even with a 5-3-1 record, owners can't take on those horrific numbers in the other categories. He's only posted a save percentage above .900 twice in nine games.

December 28, 2018 09:36 PM
Canadiens' Antti Niemi: May play all three road games
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Niemi, who is starting Friday's road game against the Panthers, is expected to start road games Saturday against the Lightning and Monday against the Stars, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. Carey Price (lower body) landed on injured reserve and didn't make the trip for Montreal's three-game road trip.

We'll need to wait for team confirmation before assuming Niemi will start beyond Friday's game. Coach Claude Julien refused to commit to having him make back-to-back starts. "We'll see how he does tonight. I never like to commit myself," said the coach. It would be surprising if Niemi didn't get all three road starts. Michael McNiven, the backup recalled from AHL Laval to replace Price, was in the ECHL earlier this season and has zero NHL experience.

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