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|May 22 1:41 PM PT2:41 PM MT3:41 PM CT4:41 PM ET20:41 GMT4:41 1:41 PM MST2:41 PM CSTDT3:41 PM EST0:41 UAE (+1)16:41 ETNaN:� BRT - Niemi was seeking stability more than money when he agreed to a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Who could blame the 34-year-old, who was eligible for free agency on July 1, after a whirlwind 2017-18 season? Niemi was bought out by the Dallas Stars last summer, signed with Pittsburgh, was claimed on waivers by Florida and then claimed again by Montreal.
Analysis: Niemi was 0-3-0 with a 7.49 GAA when Pittsburgh placed him on waivers, and he was 0-1-1 with a 5.11 GAA - allowing five goals on 39 shots in two appearances - when he was put on waivers again by the Panthers. But he settled down nicely when claimed by Montreal, where he was reunited with goalie coach Stephane Waite. The two had worked together when Niemi backstopped the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 2010. With the Canadiens, Niemi went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA.
|Apr. 5 6:16 PM PT7:16 PM MT8:16 PM CT9:16 PM ET1:16 GMT9:16 6:16 PM MST7:16 PM CSTDT8:16 PM EST5:16 UAE (+1)21:16 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 23 of 26 shots in the Canadiens' 4-3 win over the Red Wings on Thursday. The victory pushed him to 7-9-4 on the season with a 3.12 GAA and .911 save percentage.|
|Mar. 31 5:48 PM PT6:48 PM MT7:48 PM CT8:48 PM ET0:48 GMT8:48 5:48 PM MST6:48 PM CSTDT7:48 PM EST4:48 UAE (+1)20:48 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 33 shots in the Canadiens' 5-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday. The defeat dropped him to 6-9-4 on the season with a 3.12 GAA and .912 save percentage.|
|Mar. 23 5:36 PM PT6:36 PM MT7:36 PM CT8:36 PM ET0:36 GMT8:36 5:36 PM MST6:36 PM CSTDT7:36 PM EST4:36 UAE (+1)20:36 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped all 35 shots he faced in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Sabres on Friday for his first shutout of the year. The victory pushed him to 6-8-4 on the season with a 3.02 GAA and .916 save percentage.|
|Mar. 19 6:17 PM PT7:17 PM MT8:17 PM CT9:17 PM ET1:17 GMT9:17 6:17 PM MST7:17 PM CSTDT8:17 PM EST5:17 UAE (+1)21:17 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 38 of 40 shots in the Canadiens' 2-0 loss to the Panthers on Monday. The defeat dropped him to 5-8-4 on the season with a 3.19 GAA and .911 save percentage.|
|Mar. 15 6:16 PM PT7:16 PM MT8:16 PM CT9:16 PM ET1:16 GMT9:16 6:16 PM MST7:16 PM CSTDT8:16 PM EST5:16 UAE (+1)21:16 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 34 of 38 shots in the Canadiens' 5-3 loss to the Penguins on Thursday. The defeat dropped him to 5-7-4 on the season with a 3.26 GAA and .908 save percentage.|
|Mar. 13 6:28 PM PT7:28 PM MT8:28 PM CT9:28 PM ET1:28 GMT9:28 6:28 PM MST7:28 PM CSTDT8:28 PM EST5:28 UAE (+1)21:28 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 36 of 38 shots in the Canadiens' 4-2 win over the Stars on Tuesday. The victory pushed him to 5-6-4 on the season with a 3.20 GAA and .909 save percentage.|
|Mar. 10 11:58 AM PT12:58 PM MT1:58 PM CT2:58 PM ET19:58 GMT3:58 12:58 PM MST1:58 PM CSTDT2:58 PM EST23:58 UAE14:58 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 32 of 34 shots in the Canadiens' 3-2 shootout loss to the Lightning on Saturday. The defeat dropped him to 4-6-4 on the season with a 3.29 GAA and .906 save percentage.|
|Mar. 5 7:03 PM PT8:03 PM MT9:03 PM CT10:03 PM ET3:03 GMT11:03 8:03 PM MST9:03 PM CSTDT10:03 PM EST7:03 UAE (+1)22:03 ETNaN:� BRT - Niemi was healthy enough to serve as the Canadiens' backup on Thursday, so he'll likely start Saturday.
Analysis: Niemi and Charlie Lindgren have been getting time in the net since Carey Price suffered a concussion Feb. 20. Niemi has made four starts since then, going 2-0-2 with a 1.70 GAA and .953 save percentage.
|Mar. 3 3:59 PM PT4:59 PM MT5:59 PM CT6:59 PM ET23:59 GMT7:59 4:59 PM MST5:59 PM CSTDT6:59 PM EST3:59 UAE (+1)18:59 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 48 of 50 shots in the Canadiens' 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins on Saturday. The defeat dropped him to 4-6-3 on the season with a 3.41 GAA and .903 save percentage.|
|Feb. 28 5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST7:30 PM CSTDT8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 27 of 28 shots in the Canadiens' 3-1 win over the Islanders on Wednesday. The victory pushed him to 4-6-2 on the season with a 3.53 GAA and .897 save percentage.|
|Feb. 24 6:13 PM PT7:13 PM MT8:13 PM CT9:13 PM ET2:13 GMT10:13 7:13 PM MST8:13 PM CSTDT9:13 PM EST6:13 UAE (+1)21:13 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 36 of 39 shots in the Canadiens' 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning on Saturday. The defeat dropped him to 3-6-2 on the season with a 3.76 GAA and .892 save percentage.|
|Feb. 22 6:13 PM PT7:13 PM MT8:13 PM CT9:13 PM ET2:13 GMT10:13 7:13 PM MST8:13 PM CSTDT9:13 PM EST6:13 UAE (+1)21:13 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 31 of 32 shots in the Canadiens' 3-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday. The victory pushed him to 3-6-1 on the season with a 3.86 GAA and .888 save percentage.|
|Feb. 17 5:52 PM PT6:52 PM MT7:52 PM CT8:52 PM ET1:52 GMT9:52 6:52 PM MST7:52 PM CSTDT8:52 PM EST5:52 UAE (+1)20:52 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 3 of 6 shots in the Canadiens' 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Saturday. Niemi did not factor in the decision and remained at 2-6-1 on the season with a 4.18 GAA and .880 save percentage.|
|Feb. 14 8:10 PM PT9:10 PM MT10:10 PM CT11:10 PM ET4:10 GMT12:10 9:10 PM MST10:10 PM CSTDT11:10 PM EST8:10 UAE23:10 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 23 of 25 shots in the Canadiens' 2-0 loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday. The defeat dropped him to 2-6-1 on the season with a 3.92 GAA and .887 save percentage.|
|Feb. 3 12:04 PM PT1:04 PM MT2:04 PM CT3:04 PM ET20:04 GMT4:04 1:04 PM MST2:04 PM CSTDT3:04 PM EST0:04 UAE (+1)15:04 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 43 of 45 shots in the Canadiens' 5-2 win over the Ducks on Saturday. The victory pushed him to 2-5-1 on the season with a 4.14 GAA and .885 save percentage.|
|Jan. 19 7:18 PM PT8:18 PM MT9:18 PM CT10:18 PM ET3:18 GMT11:18 8:18 PM MST9:18 PM CSTDT10:18 PM EST7:18 UAE (+1)22:18 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 24 of 26 shots in the Canadiens' 3-2 win over the Capitals on Friday. The victory pushed him to 1-5-1 on the season with a 4.44 GAA and .871 save percentage.
Analysis: Niemi earned his first win of the season in his 10th appearance. He's allowed just seven goals in his last three starts after yielding 16 in his first three.
|Dec. 23 8:36 PM PT9:36 PM MT10:36 PM CT11:36 PM ET4:36 GMT12:36 9:36 PM MST10:36 PM CSTDT11:36 PM EST8:36 UAE23:36 ETNaN:� BRT - Antti Niemi stopped 31 of 34 shots in the Canadiens' 4-1 loss to the Oilers on Saturday. The defeat dropped him to 0-5-0 on the season with a 5.08 GAA and .872 save percentage.|
|Nov. 14 12:28 PM PT1:28 PM MT2:28 PM CT3:28 PM ET20:28 GMT4:28 1:28 PM MST2:28 PM CSTDT3:28 PM EST0:28 UAE (+1)15:28 ETNaN:� BRT - The Canadiens have claimed Niemi off waivers.
Analysis: The Canadiens' goaltending carousel has been in constant rotation this season as former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price has been nursing a lower-body injury while backup Al Montoya is sidelined due to a concussion. Niemi has struggled this season, however, posting an 0-4-0 mark in five appearances with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Florida Panthers.
|Oct. 24 9:51 AM PT10:51 AM MT11:51 AM CT12:51 PM ET16:51 GMT0:51 9:51 AM MST10:51 AM CSTDT11:51 AM EST20:51 UAE12:51 ETNaN:� BRT - The Florida Panthers claimed Niemi off waivers, the team announced Tuesday.
Analysis: Niemi was 0-3 with a .750 goals-against average and a .797 save percentage in three games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 34-year-old was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh on Monday and is joining his fifth team. Niemi will backup James Reimer, who was elevated to the starting role when Luongo was placed on injured reserve with a hand injury on Saturday.
|Oct. 23 2:03 PM PT3:03 PM MT4:03 PM CT5:03 PM ET21:03 GMT5:03 2:03 PM MST3:03 PM CSTDT4:03 PM EST1:03 UAE (+1)17:03 ETNaN:� BRT - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed Niemi on waivers Monday.
Analysis: The backup goalie lost all three starts and sported a bloated 7.49 goals-against average this season.
|Oct. 22 8:27 AM PT9:27 AM MT10:27 AM CT11:27 AM ET15:27 GMT23:27 8:27 AM MST9:27 AM CSTDT10:27 AM EST19:27 UAE11:27 ETNaN:� BRT - Niemi allowed all seven goals and made 25 saves in a 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Analysis: He's yielded 16 goals in three starts.
|June 26 8:57 AM PT9:57 AM MT10:57 AM CT11:57 AM ET15:57 GMT23:57 8:57 AM MST9:57 AM CSTDT10:57 AM EST19:57 UAE11:57 ETNaN:� BRT - The Stars have placed Niemi on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract.
Analysis: Niemi is due to make $4.5 million next season, and would be bought out at $3 million spread over two years. The ninth-year player, who won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, is coming off a disappointing season in which he went 12-12-4 and had a 3.3 goals-against average in 37 games. He became the odd-man out in Dallas behind Kari Lehtonen and after Ben Bishop was acquired in a trade last month.