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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 2965 articles so far, you can find them below.


Devan Dubnyk Likely To Start On Friday Night

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will likely make his 22nd start of the season on Friday against Edmonton after the team went with backup Alex Stalock on Thursday against Calgary. He'll be facing his former team against whom he owns an outstanding 9-2-0 career record. However, success is far from guaranteed for Dubynk on Friday,... Read More

10 months ago

Cam Talbot Starting For Edmonton On Friday

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot will get the nod for Friday's battle with the Minnesota Wild. He lost all five of his starts in November, but made a good start to this month on Wednesday, stopping 28 pucks in a 3-2 shootout win at St. Louis. He's in a tricky spot tonight. The Wild have... Read More

10 months ago

Alexander Steen Likely To Return On Friday

St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (concussion) looks set to return to the lineup on Friday against the Jets. He's yet to feature this month after exiting a 3-2 overtime win against the Avs on Nov. 30 with an injury. Steen played only eight games in November, so health has let him down this... Read More

10 months ago

Jake Allen Makes 20th Start On Friday

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen will make his 20th start of the season on Friday against Winnipeg. It's not been a good year for Allen who's won only seven of his previous 19 starts with a 3.16-goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. Bizarrely, he's done a lot better on the road, recording a... Read More

10 months ago

Connor Hellebuyck Looks To Extend Winning Streak On Friday

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will be aiming to collect his fourth consecutive win on Friday against the St. Louis Blues. Hellebuyck had some struggles near the end of last month, but's his found his flow again, winning three straight starts. He allowed only one goal and had 27 saves in his last appearance on... Read More

10 months ago


Elias Lindholm Scores Twice In Thursday's Win

Calgary Flames center Elias Lindholm scored both goals in Thursday's 2-0 win over Minnesota, extending his point streak to five games in the process. Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano assisted him on both occasions. Lindholm has been on a tear recently, as he's also sitting on a three-game goal-scoring streak and he's logged four consecutive... Read More

10 months ago

Mike Smith Records 38th Career Shutout On Thursday

Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith played a perfect game on Thursday against Minnesota, stopping all 31 shots in a 2-0 win to record his 38th career shutout. Smith was horrible at the start of the season, especially on home ice, but he's gotten his act together in recent weeks with his last loss coming on... Read More

10 months ago

William Nylander Logs 12:29 In Season Debut

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander finally made his season debut on Thursday following a lengthy contract dispute. He started on the second line but failed to produce any stats, logging 12:29 on the ice with 3:06 coming on the power play. Nylander hasn't practiced with the team, so it will likely take a while... Read More

10 months ago

Mitchell Marner Takes His Point Streak To Six Games

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner extended his point streak to six games on Thursday, picking up an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit. Marner is now part of the exclusive 40-point club, which includes only four players so far this season. He's notched over a quarter of his points (12) during the... Read More

10 months ago

Auston Matthews Extends Point Streak With An Assist

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews stretched his point streak to four games on Thursday, finishing a 5-4 overtime loss against Detroit with his ninth assist of the season. Matthews has been ruthless since returning to the lineup following a month on the sidelines, averaging two points per game. 14 of his 24 points for... Read More

10 months ago


Kasperi Kapanen Surpasses 20-Point Mark On Thursday

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Kasperi Kapanen produced a goal and an assist to surpass the 20-point mark in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss against the Red Wings. His linemate Andreas Johnsson also had a goal and an assist. Kapanen had only 10 career points before this season kicked off, so he's been very impressive with... Read More

10 months ago

Jake Gardiner Produces Two Assists On Thursday

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner dished out two assists in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to Detroit. The Leafs looked lethargic for most of the night, but Gardiner ended up having a very good game, logging a team-high 23:45 and finishing with a plus-two rating. He's now got multiple points in back-to-back games, taking his... Read More

10 months ago

Jonathan Bernier Picks Up Fourth Win Of The Year

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier enjoyed visiting his old stomping ground on Thursday when the team beat Toronto on the road 5-4. Bernier let a 4-1 lead slip in the third period, but Dylan Larkin came through in the extra period. The former Leafs goalie finished the game with 27 saves and a .871... Read More

10 months ago

Mike Green Picks Up Two Points In Wings Win

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green registered his third multi-point outing of the year on Thursday, finishing a 5-4 overtime win against Toronto with a goal and an assist. Green made it 4-1 in the second period with his third goal of the season, but the Leafs fought back and found a way to take... Read More

10 months ago

Gustav Nyquist Has Three Points On Thursday

Detroit Red Wings left wing Gustav Nyquist logged his second three-point night in less than a week on Thursday, providing a goal and two assists in a 5-4 win over Toronto. He also had five shots in the game, which he finished with a plus-two rating. Nyquist has been a man on a mission in... Read More

10 months ago


Dylan Larkin Wins It For Wings In Toronto

Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin scored a 5-4 overtime winner on Thursday against Toronto. He also had one assist in the game, which was his second consecutive multi-point outing. Larkin leads the league with three OT goals this season and he's now only two short of matching the NHL’s single-season record. It's been a... Read More

10 months ago

Nene Hilario Performs Efficiently Versus Jazz

Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario had a good outing in a blowout loss on Thursday, scoring 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench. He shot 4-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line. Nene also dished out a couple of assists and had four rebounds. This was only the third game of the... Read More

10 months ago

Michael Carter-Williams Scores Season-High 13 Points

Houston Rockets point guard Michael Carter-Williams logged 12 minutes in a blowout loss on Thursday and he thoroughly enjoyed the extended playing time, scoring a season-high 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He went 2-for-3 from deep and picked up a pair of assists and one steal as well. Carter-Williams can look exciting at times, but... Read More

10 months ago

Clint Capela Gets Double-Double Against Jazz

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela was the team's only starter who managed to put up a decent fantasy line in Thursday's blowout loss to Utah. The Jazz had Rudy Gobert ejected very early into the game and Capela took full advantage of that, picking up a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double. He also had two blocks and... Read More

10 months ago

Chris Paul Scores 12 Points In Blowout Loss

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul was back in double figures on Thursday against Utah, finishing with 12 points, but it wasn't a good outing as the Jazz ended up blowing the Rockets out 118-91. CP3 shot 5-for-11 from the field in 25 minutes on the floor, dishing out five assists while committing five turnovers... Read More

10 months ago


James Harden Scores Season-Low 15 Points On Thursday

Houston Rockets guard James Harden was limited to a season-low 15 points in Thursday's blowout loss to the Jazz. The Rockets got off to an awful start and couldn't recover, which resulted in the starters sitting out the whole fourth quarter. Harden logged 28 minutes and finished the game on 5-for-16 shooting, six rebounds and... Read More

10 months ago

Thomas Greiss Takes On Penguins Thursday Night

New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss will start against his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Thursday night. The German spent 2014-15 in Pittsburgh, picking up nine wins in 20 appearances. Greiss has put together a nice 4-1-0 record against the Penguins in his career, but it's not an easy matchup for him tonight. The... Read More

10 months ago

Tom Kuhnhackl Promoted To Top Line On Thursday

New York Islanders winger Tom Kuhnhackl has been promoted to the top line ahead of Thursday's visit to Pittsburgh. The German will be facing his former teammates after spending the previous three seasons with the Pens. Kuhnhackl hasn't done much as an Islander yet, recording only four points in 16 games and he's on a... Read More

10 months ago

Casey DeSmith Faces Islanders On Thursday

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith will get the nod for Thursday's battle with the New York Islanders. The Pens goaltending has been a mess this season, but DeSmith has managed to offer some stability lately, winning four of his last five starts. He saved 42 of 45 shots to post a .933 save percentage in... Read More

10 months ago

Sergei Bobrovsky Starts For Jackets On Thursday

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky gets a quick chance to redeem himself after having a shocker on Tuesday against Calgary. He gave up eight goals on 26 shots in a 9-6 loss to the Flames. Bob has now lost both of his starts this month. He won seven of his last eight starts in... Read More

10 months ago


Anthony Stolarz Makes Third Start On Thursday

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz will make his third start of the season on Thursday when the team takes on Columbus on home ice. Stolarz will go into the game with some good confidence after record a 4-2 win over Pittsburgh in his last outing. He made 30 saves on Saturday and finished with a... Read More

10 months ago

Curtis McElhinney Suffers Second Consecutive Loss

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who's looked like Marty Brodeur at times this season, is slowly crashing back down to earth as he's lost back-to-back starts. He ended up with only 18 saves and a .783 save percentage in a 5-1 loss to San Jose on Wednesday. McElhinney still has an outstanding record for the... Read More

10 months ago

Lucas Wallmark Scores Only Canes Goal On Wednesday

Carolina Hurricanes center Lucas Wallmark was the only player on the roster to find a way past Martin Jones on Wednesday, netting the team's only goal in a 5-1 road loss. Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin recorded the assists when Wallmark scored on a power play near the end of the second frame. Wallmark had... Read More

10 months ago

Martin Jones Picks Up Second Consecutive Win

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones recorded his second consecutive win on Wednesday, stopping 39 of 40 shots in a 5-1 success against the Hurricanes. Jones has struggled recently, but he's ended a four-game losing streak in style, allowing only one goal in both of his recent wins, making a total of 79 saves. He... Read More

10 months ago

Kevin Labanc Has Two Assists In Sharks Win

San Jose Sharks right wing Kevin Labanc logged his fourth multi-point outing of the season on Wednesday, finishing a 5-1 win over Carolina with two assists. He provided the primary assists on both of the first two goals, so Labanc played a big part in the win. The 22-year-old winger was dumped to the fourth... Read More

10 months ago