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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 3668 articles so far, you can find them below.

Eric Gordon Shines In Start

Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon made his 25th start of the year on Sunday against Dallas with James Harden (knee) out, scoring 26 points with six triples in 31 minutes. Gordon went 6-for-11 from deep in what was his fifth straight game shooting over 40 percent from downtown. He has been shooting pretty poorly... Read More

2 years ago

Jacob Markstrom Finishes The Week For Canucks

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom is set to start the final game of the week on Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes after being the first guy off the ice in the morning skate. Markstrom missed the team's last game, as he wasn't feeling well, according to head coach Travis Green. It's Markstrom's second start of... Read More

2 years ago

Darcy Kuemper Keeps His Place In Coyotes Goal Versus Canucks

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper will play for a second consecutive day on Sunday, with Antti Raanta (lower body) still not ready to return. Kuemper allowed five goals on Saturday against Colorado, finishing with an .839 save percentage in a 5-2 loss. His record for the Coyotes dropped to 1-2-1 and his overall record for... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Smith Set To Return on Sunday

Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith (lower body) is expected to be back in the crease on Sunday, as he was taken off the Injured Reserve. Smith is having a great debut season in Calgary, carrying a 23-16-6 record in 47 starts with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. The Flames face the... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Strome Gets Another Shot In The NHL

Arizona Coyotes center Dylan Strome is expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday against Vancouver after being called up from the AHL following an injury to Laurent Dauphin. Strome, who was the third pick in the 2015 draft behind Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, played 11 NHL games earlier in the season, recording... Read More

2 years ago

Cam Talbot Picks Up Third Win On The Bounce

Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot made 32 saves to pick up his third consecutive win in Saturday's tilt against Devan Dubnyk and the Wild. Talbot is enjoying one of his best runs of the year right now, as it's only the third time he's won three or more starts in a row. The current run... Read More

2 years ago

Ethan Bear Has Points In Consecutive Games

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear collected his first career points in the NHL this week, picking up assists in consecutive games. It's been a promising start from the 2015 fifth-round pick, who made only his fifth appearance on Saturday against the Wild. Bear played 19:54, with 1:32 coming on the power play, and he should... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins In Good Form Following Injury

Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has come back strong following a six-week injury layoff, picking up four points in four games, including two in Saturday's win over Minnesota. Nugent-Hopkins finished the scoring in the 4-1 result and picked up an assist on Connor McDavid's opener, while logging 18:50 and leading the team in shots with... Read More

2 years ago

Connor McDavid Collects Three Points Versus Minnesota

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid had his 10th three-point game of the season on Saturday, picking up two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Minnesota. He's now sitting on a seven-game point streak, which includes 13 points in total. McDavid is the leading goal scorer in the league since Feb. 1, bagging... Read More

2 years ago

Wesley Matthews Logs 25 Minutes In Return From Injury

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Wesley Matthews (hip) was back on the court on Saturday after missing the last two games, playing 25 minutes in a 114-80 win over Memphis. He probably could've spent more time on the floor if the game hadn't ended up as a blowout. However, he didn't really perform well, shooting just... Read More

2 years ago

Doug McDermott Gets 20 Points Off The Bench

Dallas Mavericks forward Doug McDermott had his best game since joining the team in February, scoring 20 points off the bench in 25 minutes on Saturday against the Grizzlies. He shot 7-for-10 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from behind the arc, and also collected seven rebounds. McDermott is currently on a good run of three... Read More

2 years ago

J.J. Barea Super Efficient On Saturday

Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea scored a very efficient 20 points on Saturday, making eight of his 11 shots from the field and sinking both free-throws in 23 minutes. He also had five rebounds and five assists in his first game with at least 20 points since Dec. 26. Barea's minutes have dropped a... Read More

2 years ago

Dwight Powell Grabs Double-Double In Dallas Win

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dwight Powell picked up his fourth double-double of the season in Saturday's win over Memphis, finishing with 15 points on 4-for-6 shooting, sinking seven of his eight free throws and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also had four assists and two steals in 29 minutes after being quiet in recent games. Nerlens Noel... Read More

2 years ago

Harrison Barnes Scores 25 Points Versus Memphis

Dallas Mavericks small forward Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 25 points on Saturday in a 114-80 win over Memphis, doing most of the damage from the free-throw line, posting a season-high with 11 attempts and making 10 of them. He went 7-for-13 overall from the floor in 31 minutes, grabbing seven boards. Barnes had... Read More

2 years ago

Dustin Brown Gets Goal No. 20 In Kings Loss

Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown is once again a 20-goal scorer after reaching the milestone in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Blues with a very late power-play tally. Brown had five consecutive seasons with at least 20 goals before the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season and he had failed to record one ever since. It... Read More

2 years ago

Anze Kopitar Continues Tear With Two Assists

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar added another couple of points to his season's tally on Saturday, picking up two assists, one on a power play, in a 7-2 loss to St. Louis. You just can't contain the Kings captain, as he's been held without a point only six times since the turn of the... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Quick Pulled In Big Loss

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick played only two periods on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues before being pulled in a big 7-2 loss. He gave up four goals on 29 shots (.862 save percentage) to cause the benching. For some reason, Quick has now been awful three Saturday games straight, as he allowed... Read More

2 years ago

Richard Panik Bags Two Points On Saturday

Arizona Coyotes right wing Richard Panik had his second multi-point game since joining the team in January, picking up a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado. Panik helped Christian Dvorak get the Coyotes on the board early in the first period and made it 3-2 with his eighth goal of the season... Read More

2 years ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Named First Star In Win Over Buffalo

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury played a key role on Saturday, as the team posted a new NHL record for road victories by an expansion team with 20, beating the Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. Fleury had 31 saves in the game and was named the first start. Following a shutout against Detroit on... Read More

2 years ago

Oscar Klefbom Will Miss At Least Two Games

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom won't be in the lineup Saturday versus Minnesota, as he's expected to miss at least two games following what the team calls a "minor procedure." The Oilers just can't get their blue line together, as Adam Larsson recently missed three games. It's a bitter blow for Klefbom, as he ended... Read More

2 years ago

Darcy Kuemper Likely Coyotes Starter Again On Saturday

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper will likely make a third consecutive start on Saturday against Colorado, with Antti Raanta (lower body) still listed as day-to-day. Kuemper has been solid in the previous two starts, picking up a 2-1 win against Vancouver last time out with 16 saves and losing only in overtime 4-3 against Edmonton... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Miller Suffers Unlucky Loss

Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller, who had 41 saves in a recent shutout against Dallas, frustrated the Stars again on Friday, but they did manage to solve him in the end with two power-play goals. Miller had 30 saves, including 17 in the second period, before Devin Shore finally put one past him and Jamie... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Getzlaf Extends Point Streak To Five Games

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf scored his 10th goal of the season in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Stars to extend his point streak to five games. Getzlaf has mostly picked up assists like there's no tomorrow, so it was nice to see him scoring for a change. Overall, he's bagged 12 points during the... Read More

2 years ago

Sam Bennett Has Goals In Consecutive Outings

Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett scored in a second consecutive game on Friday, opening the scoring in a 2-1 win over Ottawa. It's the first time this season Bennett has managed to score in back-to-back games, so you could say that he's playing his best hockey of the year right now. He's up to 11... Read More

2 years ago

David Rittich Just Misses First Shutout Again

Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich must be wishing for more luck from the hockey gods at night, as he's narrowly missed his first career shutout in consecutive games. He let one past him with just 18 seconds to go in Wednesday's win over Buffalo and was scored on by a third-period penalty shot in Friday's... Read More

2 years ago

Jarell Martin Returns With Good Outing

Memphis Grizzlies forward/center Jarell Martin (knee) returned to the lineup on Friday after missing two games, and he had a good performance against the Utah Jazz, logging 30 minutes off the bench while getting 13 points and five rebounds. Martin got to double figures even though he didn't shoot particularly well, going 5-for-15 from the... Read More

2 years ago

JaMychal Green Disappoints In Memphis Loss

Memphis Grizzlies power forward JaMychal Green had a night to forget on Friday, finishing with just two points in 31 minutes against Utah. He went 1-for-8 from the floor and didn't provide much else either, getting only five rebounds, which matches his personal low in 2018. He ended up with no blocks or steals for... Read More

2 years ago

Ben McLemore Solid Once More On Friday

Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Ben McLemore has been a starter recently with the team having a bunch of injury problems, and he hasn't disappointed, impressing with some good shooting while providing consistent scoring. He had 14 points in 28 minutes on Friday against Utah, shooting 5-for-11 from the floor, including 2-for-4 from downtown. McLemore has... Read More

2 years ago

Marc Gasol Provides All-Around Performance On Friday

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had just seven shot attempts and finished with only nine points in Friday's loss to Utah but still provided a nice line for fantasy owners, grabbing 11 boards, providing six assists, blocking four shots and picking up one steal in 32 minutes. Gasol should be much more active at the... Read More

2 years ago

Dillon Brooks Leads Memphis In Scoring Versus Jazz

Memphis Grizzlies small forward Dillon Brooks ended up leading the team in scoring for a second time in a row on Friday, as he had 18 points on 7-for-16 shooting against Utah. The Grizzlies lost their 16th in a row and they are going nowhere, so younger players like Brooks are getting a look for... Read More

2 years ago

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