Randy's Ramblings - 7/22/2013

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 2:00 PM PT
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Randy\'s Ramblings - 7\/22\/2013

10 things you might not know about Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi:
  1. This past season he lead the NHL in minutes played (2581), tied for the league lead in wins (24) and starts (43) and was third with 1127 saves.

  2. His new goalie helmet/mask honors Finnish war heroes who fought the invading Soviet Russian army in the Finnish Winter War of 1939-40. The man pictured on his helmet is Chief Commander Gustaf Mannerheim who later became the president of Finland.

  3. As a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 he became the first goaltender from Finland ever to win a Stanley Cup.

  4. While playing junior hockey for Kiekko-Vantaa in Finland he would earn extra money driving the Zamboni at the local rink.

  5. His first career NHL victory was in March of 2009 in a Blackhawks 4-2 win over Los Angeles. His first career shutout was in October of that year in a 23 save 4-0 decision over Florida. The game was played in Helsinki, Finland as part of the NHL European Premier series.

  6. Niemi is a big country music fan. At the end of this years playoffs he traveled to Nashville to enjoy several days of live performance at the many venues in Music City that cater to country fans.

  7. He is not related to former Finnish National Team soccer goaltender Antti Niemi. Nor is he related to defenseman Jyri Niemi drafted in the third round in 2008 by the New York Islanders.

  8. He is the first player from Pohjois-Haaga High School in his hometown of Vantaa, Finland to ever make it to the NHL. Vantaa, just outside of the capital city Helsinki, boasts a population of about 200,000.

  9. On his day with the Stanley Cup in the summer of 2010 he partied in a sauna with former teammates of his Finish team Lahti Pelicans. Finland, a nation of about 5 million people, reportedly has 2 million saunas.

  10. Niemi used to play roller hockey in the offseason. In 2006 he backstopped Finland to a bronze medal at the World Cup.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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