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Niemi has kept the Sharks afloat in the first half this season.
The San Jose Sharks should not be a playoff team at this point but are thanks to the fantastic play of Antti Niemi.
The Sharks started January as one of the hottest teams in the league only to fall by the wayside, as their anemic offense in February dropped them from one of the Western Conference's better teams to the middle of the pack.
San Jose has only scored 51 goals, but have only let up 50 thanks largely in part to some exceptional outings from Niemi. The Finnish netminder sits third in the league in goals against average (1.83) and save percentage (.935) behind Craig Anderson and Corey Crawford, respectively, in each category.
His 10-4-4 record doesn't tell you the whole story, however, with the Sharks dropping a number of one-goal decisions.