Antti Niemi to start vs. Blackhawks

Updated: December 30, 2010, 1:43 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi said he will start Thursday night against the Blackhawks, marking the first time he'll play in Chicago since helping lead the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title in 49 years.

"It feels funny," Niemi said at United Center after the morning skate. "It's been a long time. It felt funny driving in from O'Hare."

As far as the fan reaction he expected, Niemi simply said, "Hope it's positive."

Niemi, with whom Chicago parted ...

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