Antti Niemi to start for Blackhawks

Updated: March 1, 2010, 6:30 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Antti Niemi will start in net on Tuesday against the Islanders in New York.

Niemi seemed to take over the spot as No. 1 goalie from Cristobal Huet when he started the four games leading up to the Olympics -- winning all four.

"He's won, and we don't want to change too much of that," Quenneville said. "That's basically how he got that stretch of games. and we're going to go with him and keep going."

Niemi is 17-4-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

"We'll see," Quenneville said when asked what happens if Niemi loses. "We want to get Huet back in the net as well, but at the same time [Niemi] has an opportunity to sustain the net here, and we are going to give him a chance."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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