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About Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller

Sports nut since day 1 on the planet. Don't talk much, but write a lot. A firm believer that James Harden is the real MVP.

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Sebastian Aho Posts Huge Five-Point Performance

Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho looked like a man from another planet in Saturday's matchup against Minnesota, finishing a 6-2 win with five points. He recorded his third career hat trick and dished out two assists on his way to becoming the seventh player in franchise history to tally a five-point game. Teuvo Teravainen backed... Read More

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Sergei Bobrovsky Bounces Back Against Former Team

Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made a winning return to the crease on Saturday, finishing a 4-1 victory over his former team Columbus with 33 saves. The Russian was benched for a couple of games due to poor form before head coach Joel Quenneville decided to give him a new opportunity in a special matchup.... Read More

4 hours ago

Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin Combine For Six Points

Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin both posted three points in Saturday's 5-3 win over Detroit. Guentzel opened the scoring before adding two assists to his tally, and Malkin scored the team's second goal, while also picking up two assists. Both players have been crushing it across the last three weeks with Malkin... Read More

4 hours ago

Ben Bishop Pulls Off 34 Saves In Saturday's Win

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop had another winning performance on Saturday, finishing a 3-1 victory over the Islanders with 34 saves. Big Ben lost only one start in November and he's started this month in hot form as well, going 2-0-1 in three appearances, while allowing only five goals and posting a spectacular .951 save... Read More

4 hours ago

Alexander Radulov Returns To Lineup With Two-Point Effort

Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov made a successful return to the lineup on Saturday after being a healthy scratch in the previous game. He had a power-play goal and an assist in a 3-1 win against the Islanders, firing off three shots and logging 15:10 of ice time. The Russian winger went four games... Read More

4 hours ago


Jonas Valanciunas Cools Off Against Jazz

Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas had to settle for only 10 points in a tough matchup against Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz on Saturday. The Lithuanian had averaged 28 points across his previous three outings before barely getting to double figures. However, it wasn't actually a bad performance, as Valanciunas shot a perfect 5-for-5... Read More

5 hours ago

Jaren Jackson Jr. Scores Game-High 26 Points

Memphis Grizzlies forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. led all scorers with 26 points in Saturday's matchup with the Jazz. He went a nice 9-for-18 from the field and shot 3-for-9 from three-point range. His line also included four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block. Jackson Jr. has been a frustrating fantasy player to own... Read More

5 hours ago

Rudy Gobert, Joe Ingles Produce Double-Doubles In Jazz Win

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and small forward Joe Ingles both got to celebrate double-doubles in Saturday's 126-112 win over Memphis. Gobert had 19 points with 11 rebounds and five assists, while Ingles produced 12 points with 10 assists. He also snapped up four steals. Ingles has seen his fantasy value take a huge hit... Read More

5 hours ago

Bojan Bogdanovic Gets 19 Points In Saturday's Win

Utah Jazz small forward Bojan Bogdanovic had a solid 19-point outing in Saturday's win over Memphis, shooting 5-for-13 from the field and a nice 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. He went 2-for-6 from deep while recording six rebounds and a pair of assists. Bogdanovic had a really slow start to the month, scoring only a... Read More

5 hours ago

Donovan Mitchell Scores 22 Points Saturday Night

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 22 points in Saturday's 126-112 win over Memphis, shooting 9-for-17 from the field and 2-for-4 from behind the arc. It didn't all go smoothly for him, though, as he committed a season-high seven turnovers. Mitchell averages only 2.3 turnovers per game for the season, so hopefully, this... Read More

5 hours ago


Carter Hart Picks Up Fourth Consecutive Win

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart remained hot on Saturday, producing his fourth consecutive win in a 4-3 victory against Ottawa. He had 27 saves and gave up more than two goals for the first time in his last five starts. The young netminder now has a 10-5-2 record for the season. The Flyers are red-hot... Read More

21 hours ago

Scott Laughton Becomes Flyers Hero On Saturday

Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton helped the team improve to 7-1-1 across their last nine outings by scoring a late game-winner in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Ottawa. He scored the decisive goal 15:11 into the final frame just seconds after Anthony Duclair had made it 3-3. Laughton also had one assist in the game, helping... Read More

21 hours ago

Anthony Duclair Scores Two Goals Against Philadelphia

Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair bagged two of the team's three goals in Saturday's 4-3 loss at Philadelphia. Brady Tkachuk also scored for Ottawa, who suffered a tough loss. Duclair made it 2-2 with a short-handed goal in the second period and he again knotted things up in the third with five minutes left... Read More

21 hours ago

Darcy Kuemper Has Another Winning Performance Thursday Night

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper produced the goods once more on Thursday against Philadelphia, stopping 28 of 29 shots in a 3-1 win. He now has a 12-6-2 record for the season and a league-best goals-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.937). There have been only five occasions this season where Kuemper has given up... Read More

2 days ago

Phil Kessel Scores Twice Against Philadelphia

Arizona Coyotes right wing Phil Kessel potted a pair of power-play goals on Thursday when the team ended Philadelphia's winning streak with a 3-1 victory. Conor Garland also got on the scoresheet, Clayton Keller provided two assists. Kessel has struggled in front of goal all season long, scoring just six goals which have come in... Read More

2 days ago


Alex Tuch Remains Hot Thursday Night

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch extended his point streak to four games with a goal in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders. Jonathan Marchessault also scored in the contest, which ended Malcolm Subban's winning streak at four games. Tuch has already six points this month and he's collected seven points in total... Read More

2 days ago

Ryan Pulock Delivers Another Home Win For Isles

New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 3-2 overtime victory over Vegas. Cal Clutterbuck and Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders, who boast a superb 12-2-1 home record. The team has cooled off lately, but they still own a 12-game point streak at home, which is the seventh-longest in... Read More

2 days ago

Pavel Francouz Stops 38 Shots In Win Over Montreal

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz had a very good performance against Montreal on Thursday, finishing a 3-2 win with 38 saves. The team leaned on him heavily in the final frame where Francouz made 16 saves. He now has a 6-2-0 record in nine starts this season with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .927... Read More

2 days ago

Gabriel Landeskog Scores In His Comeback Game

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog made his first appearance since Oct. 25 on Thursday, scoring the team's second goal in a 3-2 win over Montreal. Ryan Graves opened the scoring and Matt Calvert notched the game-winner with a short-handed marker. Nathan MacKinnon had a rare off night with zero points. Landeskog started on the... Read More

2 days ago

Petr Mrazek Picks Up Another Home Win

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek saved 28 of 30 shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over San Jose, improving his record for the year to 12-6-1. Mrazek has done especially well at home where he's won nine of 12 starts so far with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He gets another... Read More

2 days ago


Andrei Svechnikov Collects Two Points In Thursday's Win

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov picked up two points -- a goal and an assist -- in regulation against the Sharks on Thursday and scored the decisive goal in a shootout for a 3-2 win. Warren Foegele also had two points in the game, dishing out a pair of assists. Svechnikov now has 11... Read More

2 days ago

Tobias Harris Scores Season-High 33 Points In Thursday's Loss

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris led the team in scoring with a season-high 33 points on Thursday against Washington. He shot 13-for-28 from the field and 3-for-8 from downtown, adding seven rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes. Harris has heated up offensively as of late, getting at least 20 points in three straight outings.... Read More

2 days ago

Joel Embiid Enjoys 20-20 Game Against Washington

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had a big performance on Thursday against Washington, finishing a 119-113 loss with 26 points and a season-high 21 rebounds. He was busy at the line with an 11-for-14 record and he shot 7-for-12 overall from the floor in 35 minutes. Embiid also extended his streak with at least one... Read More

2 days ago

Davis Bertans Produces Another 20-Point Performance

Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans continued his hot start to December on Thursday, scoring a season-high 25 points off the bench in a 119-113 win over Philadelphia. The Latvian looked unplayable in the second quarter, scoring nearly half (19) of the team's 40 points. He finished with 9-for-16 shooting and made seven treys. Bertans has... Read More

2 days ago

Rui Hachimura Scores Team-High 27 Points Thursday Night

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura played a huge part in Thursday's win over Philadelphia, leading the team in scoring with 27 points and logging a game-high 43 minutes. He shot 11-for-18 from the field and 4-for-4 at the line, while notching seven rebounds and two steals. Hachimura disappointed last month as he barely averaged 10... Read More

2 days ago


Bradley Beal Scores Inefficient 26 Points Versus Sixers

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal had a rough shooting night on Thursday against the Sixers, but he still managed to get close to his season average with 26 points. He shot 7-for-24 from the field but got the job nice nicely at the line with an 11-for-13 success rate. Beal also produced his fifth... Read More

2 days ago

Ilya Samsonov Wins Another Spot Start

Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov took his record for the season to 7-2-1 with a 22-save performance in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Kings. The Russian youngster was only beaten by Blake Lizotte in the third. Samsonov has bounced back well after losing back-to-back starts in the middle of November. He's won two in a... Read More

3 days ago

John Carlson Strikes Twice Against Kings

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson recorded his third multi-goal performance of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Kings, taking his goals tally for the year to 11. Tom Wilson also scored for the Caps, who boast a ridiculous 13-2-1 road record. Carlson has played a massive part in the road success, recording nine... Read More

3 days ago

Craig Anderson Makes Winning Return From Injury

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson returned to the crease with a win on Wednesday, stopping 24 of 26 shots in a 5-2 road victory over Edmonton. The veteran goalie had a brief spell on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury before the nice comeback performance. Anderson still has a losing record for the season... Read More

3 days ago

Tyler Ennis Collects Three Points In Wednesday's Win

Ottawa Senators left wing Tyler Ennis had a superb performance against the Oilers on Wednesday, finishing a 5-2 win with three points. He tallied the game-winning goal and dished out two assists. Connor Brown, Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tierney all finished with two points. Ennis doesn't get a lot of minutes, but he's been surprisingly... Read More

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