SAN JOSE -- Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Monday did not name who his starting goalie will be for Game 1 of San Jose's first round playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, and it appears he won't divulge who it is until just before the series starts.
McLellan added that neither Antti Niemi nor Alex Stalock know the answer.
"I'm ready to name him," McLellan said Monday. "I'm just not going to name him."
Niemi -- the Sharks' No. 1 goalie since he arrived in San Jose before the 2010-2011 season -- struggled down the stretch with three losses in five starts before Saturday, when he rebounded to make 30 saves to help lead the Sharks to a 3-2 win at Phoenix. McLellan said after the game that he was pleased with Niemi's performance.
Stalock has had an impressive season in spot duty, going 12-5-2 with a 1.87 goals against average. On Friday, he made 32 saves in the Sharks 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche 5-1.
Niemi has started all 33 playoff games for the Sharks, going 16-17.
"It going to be a great challenge," Niemi said last week about playing the Kings. "We had a tough series last year. I think they are a good team, a talented team that plays hard, which makes it fun to play against them."