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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.

Jakub Vrana Scores First Career Hat Trick In Caps Win

Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana celebrated his first career hat trick on Sunday in a 4-2 win over Calgary. The 23-year-old winger struck twice in the opening frame before finishing off his hatty 15:05 into the second. Lars Eller capped off the scoring early in the third with a power-play goal, Tom Wilson and... Read More

3 months ago

Viktor Arvidsson Ends Goalless Run On Saturday

Nashville Predators winger Viktor Arvidsson ended a four-game goal drought on Saturday, scoring the team's only goal in a 2-1 home loss to the Rangers. Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi picked up power-play assists on the play. Arvidsson had a nice start to the year with six points in six games, but the Preds were... Read More

3 months ago

Filip Chytil Scores Again In Saturday's Win

New York Rangers center Filip Chytil made it two goals in two games on Saturday, helping the Blueshirts beat Nashville 2-1. Ryan Strome also scored for the Rangers to extend his point streak to six games. Alexandar Georgiev picked up his second consecutive win with a 32-save effort. Chytil had a rocky rookie campaign in... Read More

3 months ago

Evgeni Malkin Records Six Shots In Comeback

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was back in the lineup on Saturday vs. Edmonton after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury, generating a game-high six shots on net in a 2-1 overtime loss. Teddy Blueger also had six shots on goal in the game. Malkin got off to a nice start to the year... Read More

3 months ago

Mike Smith Makes 51 Stops In Saturday's Win

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith produced a superb 51-save performance on Saturday, helping the team beat Pittsburgh 2-1 in overtime. His bid for a shutout was ruined by Brian Dumoulin 13:14 into the third period when the Pens defenseman scored his first goal of the season in a short-handed situation. Smith is sharing the starts... Read More

3 months ago

Leon Draisaitl Sinks Penguins In Overtime

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored the 2-1 game-winning goal in overtime against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Colby Cave started the scoring with his first goal of the season in the second period before a short-handed marker by Brian Dumoulin sent the game into OT. Draisaitl finished the game with his 13th goal of the season... Read More

3 months ago

Nathan MacKinnon Has 12 Shots, Continues Point Streak

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored his eighth goal of the season in Friday's 2-1 loss to Dallas, extending his point streak to 13 games. Amazingly, we're in November, but MacKinnon hasn't yet had a single pointless night this season. He lit the lamp on a power play Friday night and had a very busy... Read More

3 months ago

Anton Khudobin Notches Third Straight Win

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin remained hot in Friday's clash with the Avalanche, saving 38 of 39 shots to pick up his third consecutive win. Nathan MacKinnon was the only guy to beat him, scoring a power-play goal in the second period. The experienced Russian now owns a 3-3-0 record for the season with a... Read More

3 months ago

Roope Hintz Pushes Stars Past Colorado

Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz scored both of the team's goals in Friday's 2-1 road win against Colorado. He got things started near the end of the opening period, with Denis Gurianov and Joe Pavelski providing the assists, and the young Finn scored the eventual game-winner in a short-handed situation in the second frame. Mattias... Read More

3 months ago

Jeff Carter Scores Twice On Wednesday

Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter scored twice on Wednesday against Vancouver, but it wasn't enough in an eventual 5-3 loss. Adrian Kempe also got one for the Kings, who have now lost four on the bounce, giving up five goals in every game. Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar both had a pair of assists.... Read More

3 months ago

Elias Pettersson Stays Hot In Wednesday's Win

Vancouver Cancuks center Elias Pettersson extended his point streak to five games on Wednesday, finishing a 5-3 win over the Kings with one goal and three assists. Quinn Hughes also had three helpers in the game. Pettersson now has five multi-point performances in 12 games this season, and he's notched 12 points in total during... Read More

3 months ago

Brock Boeser Scores Third Career Hat Trick

Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser led the team to victory Wednesday night in Los Angeles, scoring his third career hat trick in a 5-3 win over the Kings. He's now the fifth Canucks player to produce at least three regular-season hat tricks before his 23rd birthday. He also had a game-high seven shots and... Read More

3 months ago

Rui Hachimura Scores 23 Points Against Houston

Washington Wizards small forward Rui Hachimura produced the best scoring performance of his young career on Wednesday, scoring 23 points in a 159-158 loss to Houston. After missing all eight of his attempts from deep in the previous games, Hachimura was red-hot from deep with a 3-for-3 record and he shot 9-for-15 overall from the... Read More

3 months ago

Bradley Beal Finishes Wednesday's Loss With 46 Points

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal had an incredible shooting night on Wednesday against the Rockets, but it wasn't enough for the team to get a victory. The Wizards dropped a high-scoring affair 159-158 even after Beal scored 46 points on 14-for-20 shooting. He went 7-for-12 from downtown and 11-for-12 at the line, while also... Read More

3 months ago

Danuel House Puts Up Good All-Around Performance

Houston Rockets guard/forward Danuel House was the Jack of all trades for the team on Wednesday in a 159-158 win at Washington, getting 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes as a starter. He shot 4-for-7 from deep and 5-for-9 overall from the field. House's performances have so far been... Read More

3 months ago

Russell Westbrook Notches Another Triple-Double

Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook picked up his second triple-double of the season on Wednesday, finishing a high-scoring 159-158 win over Washington with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The former MVP was sleepwalking for most of the game, but he came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points. He also picked... Read More

3 months ago

James Harden Scores 59 Points In Wednesday's Win

Houston Rockets guard James Harden delivered 59 points in Wednesday's 159-158 win over Washington. He shot 18-for-32 from the field, including 6-for-14 from downtown, while sinking 17 of his 18 free throws. Both teams were incredibly hot offensively all night, so a bunch of players stuffed the stat sheet, but Harden still ended up as... Read More

3 months ago

Adam Fox Scores First Career Goal In Rangers Win

New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox opened his account as an NHLer in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay, scoring the team's third goal. Kaapo Kakko struck on a power play, Filip Chytil scored in his season debut and Ryan Strome got one for the Blueshirts as well. Fox was a very productive defenseman at... Read More

3 months ago

Nikita Kucherov Ends Goalless Run In Tuesday's Loss

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov ended a six-game goalless streak on Tuesday against the Rangers in a 4-1 loss. The reigning MVP put the Bolts ahead late in the first period, with Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos picking up the helpers, but they couldn't get anything else past Alexandar Georgiev. Kucherov has 11... Read More

3 months ago

Kendrick Nunn Scores 17 Points With Three Treys

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn remained hot from downtown in Tuesday's win over Atlanta, sinking three of six triples on his way to 17 points. He shot 7-for-18 overall from the field and had three assists and one steal. Nunn has now shot 8-for-15 from deep in the last two games and he's nailed 44... Read More

3 months ago

Goran Dragic Gets 21 Points Off The Bench

Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic had a very good scoring night against the Hawks on Tuesday, finishing with 21 points in 30 minutes off the bench. He shot 7-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-9 from downtown. Dragic has been relegated to the bench this season, but he's actually playing close to 30 minutes per... Read More

3 months ago

Tyler Herro Leads Heat In Scoring Tuesday Night

Miami Heat shooting guard Tyler Herro ended up as the team's leading scorer in Tuesday's matchup against Atlanta, producing 29 points in 29 minutes off the bench. He missed only two of his nine shots, went 3-for-4 from behind the arc and 12-for-16 at the line. Herro was unstoppable in the second quarter when he... Read More

3 months ago

Bam Adebayo Grabs Another Double-Double

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo made it three double-doubles in four games on Tuesday, finishing 1 112-97 win over Atlanta with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 4-for-7 from the field and was great at the line, missing only once with 10 attempts. Adebayo also demonstrated great effort on the defensive end, picking up... Read More

3 months ago

Jimmy Butler Starts Life In Miami With 21-Point Effort

Miami Heat guard/forward Jimmy Butler suited up for the team for the first time on Tuesday, finishing a 112-97 win over Atlanta with 21 points. He made four of his first shots and ended up going 5-for-11 overall from the field with a 10-for-15 record at the line. Butler added five rebounds, three steals and... Read More

3 months ago

John Collins Scores 30 Points In Tuesday's Loss

Atlanta Hawks power forward John Collins was forced to carry the offensive load in Tuesday's loss to Miami after Trae Young left early with an ankle sprain. The Wake Forest product had a big night with a career-high five triples and 30 points. He shot 5-for-8 in total from downtown and 10-for-17 from the field,... Read More

3 months ago

Lonzo Ball Misses Second Double-Double By One Assist

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball was very close to posting a second consecutive double-double, finishing Monday's loss to Golden State with 12 points and nine assists. He also had two steals and four rebounds, while shooting 4-for-10 from the field and 2-for-6 from three-point land. Ball has improved his shooting a lot over... Read More

3 months ago

Brandon Ingram Fills It Up Again For New Orleans

New Orleans Pelicans small forward Brandon Ingram had another big performance on Monday against the Warriors, scoring a game-high 27 points in a 132-123 loss. He shot 10-for-23 from the field and continued his hot shooting from deep with a 3-for-5 record. Ingram also notched his second consecutive double-double by getting 10 rebounds. He capped... Read More

3 months ago

D'Angelo Russell Does A Bit Of Everything For Warriors

Golden State Warriors point guard D'Angelo Russell had a nice all-around performance on Monday against New Orleans, finishing a 134-123 win with 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. However, he didn't shoot the ball very well, going 3-for-11 from deep and 9-for-21 overall from the field. Still, Russell bounced back well from his Sunday's... Read More

3 months ago

Draymond Green Records Triple-Double Monday Night

Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green recorded his 23rd regular-season triple-double on Monday, finishing a 134-123 win over New Orleans with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. He provided a pair of steals as well in 34 minutes on the floor, shooting 7-for-12 from the field. Green had managed only a total of... Read More

3 months ago

Stephen Curry Scores 26 Points In Monday's Win

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 26 points on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans, helping the team get their first win of the season. The former league MVP also had 11 assists to record his first double-double of the year. Curry shot 9-for-17 from the field and 4-for-10 from downtown.... Read More

3 months ago

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