Antti Niemi to face Blackhawks

Updated: November 24, 2010, 2:36 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Antti Niemi, who was the Stanley Cup-winning goaltender with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, will face his former team Wednesday night as Niemi will start for the San Jose Sharks.

"Of course it would be awesome to beat them," Niemi told ESPNChicago.com Monday afternoon. "But looking at my stats: 2 wins, 4 losses, it really doesn't matter too much who I beat."

Niemi is 2-4-1 with a 3.91 goals-against average.

The Hawks, who let go of several key players because of salary cap constraints, parted ways with Niemi after an arbitrator awarded him a $2.7 million judgment. Chicago signed Marty Turco to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane said that after facing Niemi so often in practice, he knows where to shoot.

"I think the advantage is always to the goalie," Kane said. "But I think I know where to shoot on him.

"I mean, you shoot on a guy enough in practice you kind of know where you can score on him. I'm not going to tell you guys ..., but if that moment comes, I think I know where I'll shoot."

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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