Antti Niemi gets the start in net for Penguins on Thursday

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Antti Niemi will start Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

What It Means:

Niemi will get his first start with the Penguins, after Matt Murray gave up 5 goals in Wednesday's season-opening loss to the St. Louis Blues. As a member of the Dallas Stars last season, Niemi posted his worst goals against average (.330) and save percentage (.892) since his 2008 rookie year.

Our model projects Niemi for 3.33 goals against average and a .89 save percentage, with 10 wins in 30 games this season.