Look for Antti Niemi to get the start in goal for San Jose Sunday.
Niemi played just 40 minutes on Thursday before he was pulled after he gave up four goals on 27 shots and then was on the bench Friday when the Sharks dropped a 5-3 decision to Carolina. He is 16-4-5 this season with a 2.31 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He is a top-seven fantasy goalie at this time.
Mike Brown has been placed on the injured reserve list after missing the last two games with an undisclosed injury.
The tough Brown had two goals and three points in 13 games with 19 penalty minutes before the injury. Consider him day-to-day as coach Todd McLellan said that he was between injured and healthy but did not want to play him over the last two games as he was concerned Brown would be unable to finish the game.
Jimmy Hayes scored a goal in Florida's 2-1 win over Detroit.
Hayes has three goals and four points in 10 games since he was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks. At the same time, he's averaging just 9:30 minutes per contest in Florida and that has to change before he'll have any sustained fantasy value.
The San Jose Sharks have recalled Matthew Nieto from the minors.
Nieto had a big game for Worcester as he had two goals and five points on Friday in an 8-2 win over Portland. Nieto had two goals and six points in 19 games for San Jose before being sent down on November 25. He will likely line up as a bottom-six forward, limiting his fantasy value.