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Hawk Talk: Sharks going with Niemi or Nittymaki?

Hawk Talk: Sharks going with Niemi or Nittymaki?

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010
7:24 PM
By Tracey Myers

Day 7

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- One of my favorite movies of all time is Vertigo, which was shot about 50 miles west of here in San Francisco. Vertigo, in true Alfred Hitchcock style, had that wonderful air of mystery throughout the picture.

Here in the Silicon Valley, the only mystery we're trying to solve here is whether or not San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi is going to be the starter when the Sharks host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night. For those who think it's just a big ol' slam dunk that Niemi will face his former teammates, the ones he celebrated that Stanley Cup victory with back in June, I'm not so sure. The Sharks don't seem to keen on talking history when it comes to the team that swept them from the postseason last year, and going down memory lane doesn't sound too high on coach Todd McLellan's list of interests either. His team is inconsistent, and getting steadiness and victories are his focus right now. So if it just comes down to that, do you go with Niemi, who has had struggles of his own, or Nittymaki who's been steadier?

Quick side note: Answering "who's starting" questions has to be quite a change for McLellan. In past seasons, it was basically all Evgeni Nabokov all the time.

Whatever decision McLellan makes, I wouldn't be a bit surprised. Niemi played great out here last postseason. He said he's felt good in recent practices and that he's getting his confidence back. This would certainly be a great bench test. Nittymaki's got the better record and overall stats.

Inside the Sharks' locker room, decisions have already been made. The rest of us will just have to wait until Wednesday morning to end the mystery.

Tracey Myers is's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.

After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:

One marriage. Two kids. Three rings. 

Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Saad Father II

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, CSN's Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with Brandon Saad.

The two-time Stanley Cup Champion discusses the disappointment of getting traded just two weeks after winning the Cup in 2015, plus what’s the biggest difference between Joel Quenneville and his former Columbus coach, John Tortorella?

Saad also breaks down some of his favorite moments from his first stint with the Blackhawks, getting engaged, similarities between the Penguins and Blackhawks and of all his nicknames, which one is his favorite?

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below: