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Name  Antero Niittymaki
Born  6/18/1980
Height  6-1
Weight  195
Shoots  L
9/22/2011 10:12:00 PM
Description: Antero Niittymaki is expected to be sidelined for the next 12 weeks following hip surgery. San Jose Mercury News
Insight: Niittymaki was penciled in to be Antti Niemi's backup, which means that he probably wasn't getting drafted in a lot of fantasy leagues. Thomas Griess will back up Niemi while Niittymaki is sidelined.
3/10/2011 12:04:00 PM
Description: Niittymaki practiced Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 20. He had been on injured reserve until Saturday with a pair of lower-body injuries.
Insight: Niitymaki was playing well before his injuries but will have a tough time taking chances back from Antti Niemi. The latter has been good since taking over the job. (
2/8/2011 11:03:00 PM
Description: Niitymaki returned to the active roster Tuesday night from a groin injury that had kept him out since mid-January.
Insight: He merely served as the backup for Antti Niemi and doesn't figure to be much more based on Niemi's consecutive shutouts. (
2/4/2011 5:56:00 PM
Description: Antero Niittymaki re-tweaked his groin injury during Friday's practice. San Jose Mercury News
Insight: Third-stringer Alex Stalock was recently sent back to the AHL, but he will likely back up Antti Niemi for Saturday's game in Boston. Continue to keep Nitty on your bench.
1/27/2011 2:01:00 PM
Description: Niittymaki missed his fifth straight game Wednesday because of a lower-body injury.
Insight: The veteran could be in for a decrease in playing time after allowing 12 goals over his past three appearances before the injury. Antto Niemi has gone five straight games without a regulation loss in his absence. (
1/20/2011 6:56:00 PM
Description: Antero Niittymaki will go on injured reserve after he was hurt during Thursday's morning skate. San Jose Mercury News
Insight: Niitty was placed on injured reserve with what the Sharks are calling a lower-body injury. The Sharks have signed University of British Columbia goalie Jordan White to be the emergency backup to Antti Niemi in this game. It should be quite the experience for White, who will be dressing against his hometown team.
12/17/2010 8:04:00 AM
Description: Niittymaki made 15 saves in a 4-3 OT win over the Stars on Thursday.
Insight: Nittymaki did not make many saves but he won his second straight start as he improved to 10-3-3 with a 2.46 GAA. (
11/28/2010 9:00:00 AM
Description: Niittymaki made 22 saves in a 4-3 win over the Oilers on Saturday.
Insight: Niittymaki improved to 8-2-3 with a 2.14 GAA so far this year. (
11/16/2010 8:04:00 AM
Description: Niittymaki made 32 saves in a 6-3 win over the Kings on Monday night.
Insight: Niittymaki won his second straight start as he is now 7-1-2 with a 1.91 GAA so far this season. (
11/12/2010 10:05:00 AM
Description: Niittymaki halted 24 of 25 Islanders shots on Thursday night to lead his team to a shootout victory.
Insight: It was the third straight game in which Niittymaki helped his team earn at least one point. His 1.80 GAA stands fifth in the league. (
11/7/2010 12:00:00 PM
Description: Niittymaki was the first star in Saturday's win over Tampa, turning away 33 of 35 shots.
Insight: He has allowed two goals or fewer in every game but his first this season. Niitymaki's 1.78 GAA ranks seventh in the league and his .932 save percentage eighth. (
10/28/2010 8:05:00 AM
Description: Niittymaki made 27 saves in a 5-2 win over the Devils on Wednesday.
Insight: Niittymaki improved to 3-0-1 with a 1.85 GAA in four starts so far this year. (