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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.

Taavi Pailk - RotoBaller has written 3663 articles so far, you can find them below.

Nazem Kadri Continues Good Form With His 11th Goal

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri potted his 11th goal of the season on Monday in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis Blues. Mikko Rantanen also scored for the Avs, who suffered only their second defeat across the last 10 games. Kadri missed a couple of games during the recent hot streak with a lower-body injury,... Read More

1 month ago

Jordan Binnington Picks Up 40th Career Win

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington saved 26 of 28 shots in Monday's 5-2 victory over Colorado, becoming the sixth goalie in league history to reach 40 career wins before his 60th appearance. Binnington has built himself a three-game winning streak after starting the month with back-to-back losses. He now sits on a 16-6-4 record... Read More

1 month ago

David Perron Celebrates Hat Trick In Monday's Win

St. Louis Blues left wing David Perron carried the team to a 5-2 victory on Monday against Colorado, scoring his fifth career hat trick. Oskar Sundqvist and Ryan O'Reilly both tallied two assists, while Vince Dunn and Jordan Kyrou scored as well. Perron had scored just once in his previous nine appearances, so this must... Read More

1 month ago

Bryn Forbes Drops Six Three-Point Bombs On Rockets

San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes matched his career high with six made triples in Monday's matchup against the Rockets, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from deep in the first half before settling with a 6-for-9 record in the end. DeMar DeRozan managed only 12 points, so the Spurs needed another scorer behind LaMarcus Aldridge and... Read More

1 month ago

LaMarcus Aldridge Maintains Double-Double Form

San Antonio Spurs forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge produced a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double on Monday against the Rockets, shooting 7-for-15 from the field and adding four assists and a pair of blocks. Aldridge now has three double-doubles in his last four appearances. He had only two double-doubles for the year before December started, so head coach Gregg... Read More

1 month ago

Clint Capela Does It All For Houston Monday Night

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela was everywhere in Monday's win over San Antonio, finishing the game with 15 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and one steal. He struggled at the line with a 1-for-4 record but shot a very nice 7-for-9 from the field. Four turnovers left an ugly stain on Capela's fantasy... Read More

1 month ago

James Harden Overcomes Rough Start Versus Spurs

Houston Rockets guard James Harden was ice-cold on the floor in the first half against Spurs on Monday but still ended up scoring 28 points and dropping some big three-point bombs in a historic comeback victory. The Rockets erased a 25-plus point deficit for the first time in franchise history to win 109-107. Harden was... Read More

1 month ago

Russell Westbrook Scores Game-High 31 Points Monday Night

Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 31 points in Monday's matchup against the Spurs, shooting 11-for-25 from the field. He was 1-for-7 from downtown and 8-for-9 at the charity stripe, collecting 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. With the Rockets in trouble for most of the night, Westbrook... Read More

1 month ago

James van Riemsdyk Tallies Two Points In Sunday's Loss

Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk finished Sunday's 7-3 loss to Winnipeg with a goal and an assist. Kevin Hayes also recorded a multi-point outing with two assists, while defensemen Matt Niskanen and Shayne Gostisbehere provided the rest of the Flyers goals. It's been a tough year for van Riemsdyk so far, but he... Read More

1 month ago

Neal Pionk Hands Out Three Assists In Sunday's Win

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk produced his second multi-point outing of the season on Sunday, finishing a big 7-3 win over Philadelphia with three assists, two of which came on the power play. The former Ranger had managed only three points in total in five previous games this month. Pionk has good offensive instincts and... Read More

1 month ago

Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele Combine For Six Points On Sunday

Winnipeg Jets forwards Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele ran amok against the Flyers on Sunday, combining for six points in a 7-3 victory. Both recorded power-play goals and had two assists. It was a big bounce-back effort from Wheeler, who had no points and finished with a minus-two rating against the Red Wings on Thursday.... Read More

1 month ago

Al Horford Does It All For Philly On Sunday

Philadelphia 76ers forward/center Al Horford produced a very good all-around performance in Sunday's loss to the Nets, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and one steal. He was very busy all game despite featuring only for 27 minutes. Horford's shooting was way off, though, as he went 0-for-6 from downtown and... Read More

1 month ago

Tobias Harris Cools Off Against Brooklyn

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris missed all three attempts from deep and shot just 8-for-17 from the field in Sunday's loss to Brooklyn which he ended with 17 points. Harris went into the game averaging 24.8 points this month, so he was a big disappointment, especially with Joel Embiid (illness) on the sidelines. He finished... Read More

1 month ago

Ben Simmons Leads Sixers With 20 Points On Sunday

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons scored a team-high 20 points in Sunday's 109-89 loss to Brooklyn, shooting 7-for-10 from the field and 6-for-8 at the line. His line also included five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes. It was a poor performance from the Sixers, who were without Joel... Read More

1 month ago

DeAndre Jordan Notches A Double-Double Sunday Night

Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Sunday, finishing a 109-89 win over Philadelphia with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He also had a pair of assists and shot 6-for-9 from the field in 22 minutes of action. Starting center Jarrett Allen managed eight points and eight rebounds with... Read More

1 month ago

Spencer Dinwiddie Scores Game-High 24 Points

Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie led all scorers with 24 points in Sunday's 109-89 win over Philadelphia, shooting 9-for-21 from the field and making half of his four three-point attempts. He also had six assists with three turnovers and one steal. Dinwiddie has now scored 20-plus points in seven of the last eight games,... Read More

1 month ago

Jack Eichel Extends His Point Streak By One More Game

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel had another impressive multi-point performance in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders, extending his career-high point streak to 16 games. The Sabres captain took the game into the extra frame with a late power-play goal and he also had a power-play assist on a Victor Olofsson goal. The Swede... Read More

1 month ago

Anthony Beauvillier Scores Overtime Winner Against Buffalo

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier ended a five-game goal drought in a nice spot on Saturday, netting his 10th marker of the season in overtime to beat Buffalo 3-2. He also picked up an assist in the game, while Brock Nelson enjoyed a multi-point outing with two helpers. Michael Dal Colle and Jordan... Read More

1 month ago

Alexandre Texier Nets Two Goals In Saturday's Loss

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Texier produced a two-goal performance on Saturday against Ottawa, helping the team erase a two-goal deficit in the third frame, but the team still had to settle for an overtime loss in the end. Cam Atkinson also scored for the Jackets in a 4-3 defeat, Eric Robinson and Pierre-Luc Dubois... Read More

1 month ago

Anthony Duclair Continues Hot Streak With Hat Trick

Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair continued his hot form on Saturday with a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win over Columbus. The Sens blew a two-goal lead in the third period, but Duclair popped up with a power-play goal in overtime. The former Blue Jacket now has three multi-goal performances in his last... Read More

1 month ago

Jamie Benn Scores His Seventh Goal Of The Season

Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn found the back of the net for the seventh time this season on Friday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Golden Knights. Taylor Fedun, who was a late replacement for John Klingberg, also scored for Dallas. Sitting on 16 points through 33 games, Benn is having a down... Read More

1 month ago

Malcolm Subban Gets Back To Winning Ways

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban saved 28 of 30 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime win against Dallas, improving his record for the season to 5-5-3. He had suffered two straight losses before bouncing back Friday night. Subban had a horrible start to the season, but he was stellar during Marc-Andre Fleury's absence. The Flower... Read More

1 month ago

Max Pacioretty Hits Overtime Winner Against Dallas

Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty put together a two-point performance on Friday against Dallas in a 3-2 win, scoring the game-winner in overtime and dishing out one assist. William Karlsson and Chandler Stephenson also scored for the Knights, Shea Theodore and Mark Stone both had two assists. Following a brief dry spell, Pacioretty... Read More

1 month ago

Harrison Barnes Bounces Back Friday Night

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes followed up his Wednesday's five-point dud with a solid 18-point outing on Friday against the Knicks. He also had five rebounds and a pair of assists in the game, shooting 7-for-14 from the field and 3-for-6 from three-point range. Barnes tends to disappoint owners here and there, but he's playing... Read More

1 month ago

Buddy Hield Drops 34 Points On The Knicks

Sacramento Kings shooting guard Buddy Hield continued his hot scoring streak with a 34-point performance in Friday's loss to the Knicks. He shot 14-for-23 from the field and 6-for-13 from downtown. Hield now has 10 games for the season with five-plus treys. He capped off a big night with a career-high 12 rebounds and three... Read More

1 month ago

Elfrid Payton Keeps Gaining Momentum

New York Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton followed up his solid Wednesday's performance against Golden State with another good effort on Friday, recording a season-high 16 points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal. He shot 7-for-13 from the field and had zero turnovers in 27 minutes of action. Frank Ntilikina posted another dud with... Read More

1 month ago

Mitchell Robinson Logs Productive 25 Minutes Off The Bench

New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson flirted with a double-double on Friday, finishing a 103-101 win over Sacramento with 14 points and nine rebounds. He missed only two of his nine shot attempts and ended up logging 25 minutes off the bench. Robinson hasn't lived up to his pre-season hype yet, but there have been... Read More

1 month ago

Julius Randle Leads Knicks To Another Win

New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle played a key role in the team's 103-101 victory on Friday against Sacramento, finishing with 26 points and nine rebounds. He shot 10-for-17 from the field and 3-for-8 from downtown, while also dishing out four assists. Randle has now scored 20-plus points in back-to-back games and both have... Read More

1 month ago

Mitchell Marner Pulls Off Another Multi-Point Performance

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner recorded his third consecutive multi-point performance on Thursday, finishing a 4-2 loss to Calgary with a goal and an assist. John Tavares also had a goal and an assist in the game. Marner returned from injury on Dec. 4 with a dud against Colorado, but he's been lights out... Read More

1 month ago

David Rittich Impresses Once More Thursday Night

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich extended his winning streak to five starts on Thursday, finishing a 4-2 victory over Toronto with 32 saves. The Czech netminder now has a 15-7-4 record for the season with a 2.71 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. He's played a vital role during the team's current seven-game winning... Read More

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