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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 3143 articles so far, you can find them below.


Andre Drummond Picks Up A Double-Double Despite Foul Trouble

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond played only 25 minutes in Saturday's contest against Philadelphia before fouling out, but he still managed to post a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He had a very tough time on the line, shooting just 3-for-10, but he managed a decent 5-for-10 record with his field-goal attempts. Drummond... Read More

3 weeks ago

Derrick Rose Puts Up Another Great Scoring Performance

Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose continued his great start to the season on Saturday, scoring a game-high 31 points in a 117-111 loss to Philadelphia. The former league MVP logged 27 minutes off the bench, shooting 14-for-21 from the field. Rose also did a very good job in other areas, notching three assists, three... Read More

3 weeks ago

Ben Simmons Tallies Career-High Seven Steals

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons registered his first double-double of the season on Saturday, finishing a 117-11 win over Detroit with 13 points and 10 assists. He went 5-for-13 from the field and 3-for-7 from the charity stripe. Simmons possibly played an even bigger part defensively as he snatched a career-high seven steals. His... Read More

3 weeks ago

Al Horford Narrowly Misses A Double-Double

Philadelphia 76ers center Al Horford was close to his first double-double of the season on Saturday, finishing a road win at Detroit with 23 points and nine rebounds. He shot 9-for-18 from the field and nailed two triples in 34 minutes on the floor. Horford also moved the ball well, finishing with five dimes. The... Read More

3 weeks ago

Tobias Harris Drops 29 Points On Detroit

Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris showed the Detroit Pistons what they are missing, scoring 29 points against his former team on Saturday in a 117-111 win. He was 10-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-6 from downtown. Harris added seven rebounds and two steals to his line. He benefitted from the absence of Joel Embiid (ankle),... Read More

3 weeks ago


Andrei Svechnikov Scores Twice In Hurricanes Win

Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov ended a five-game pointless streak with a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-0 win over Chicago. Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist, while Eric Staal scored as well for Carolina. Svechnikov made a superb start to the season, posting four multi-point games in his first five appearances... Read More

3 weeks ago

Petr Mrazek Records Second Shutout Of The Season

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek recorded his second shutout of the season in Saturday's 4-0 win over Chicago, stopping 32 shots. Mrazek had struggled in his recent outings, giving up four goals in two consecutive appearances. Overall, he's done very well this season, putting together a 5-1-1 record. The Hurricanes are once again among teams... Read More

3 weeks ago

Matthew Tkachuk Leads Flames To Victory Versus Panthers

Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk scored twice in regulation and netted the decisive goal in a shootout against Florida on Thursday in a 6-5 win. Austin Czarnik, Mark Giordano, and Sam Bennett also scored for the Flames, who have tallied nine goals across their last two games. Tkachuk doubled his goals amount for the... Read More

3 weeks ago

Aleksander Barkov Registers Four Assists In Losing Effort

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov had an immense game on Thursday with four assists, but it wasn't enough against the Calgary Flames, who skated away with a 6-5 victory. No other guy had more than one helper for the Cats in the high-scoring game. Barkov has had a bizarre start to the campaign, as he's... Read More

3 weeks ago

John Gibson Takes Another Loss Despite Strong Performance

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson saved 27 of 29 shots on Thursday against Dallas, but it wasn't enough to get a win on board. The Ducks let their goalie down, failing to score for more than once in a third consecutive game. Gibson is desperate for some decent goal support, as he now has a... Read More

3 weeks ago


Denis Gurianov Delivers Dallas A Third Consecutive Win

Dallas Stars winger Denis Gurianov scored both of the team's goals in Thursday's 2-1 win over Anaheim, helping the team stretch their winning streak to three games. The 22-year-old Russian now has three points in eight games for the season. Gurianov skates on the fourth line, so he's currently worth a look in only deep... Read More

3 weeks ago

Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk Finally On Target

Philadelphia Flyers forwards Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk both scored for the first time this season in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. Oskar Lindblom and Kevin Hayes also found the net for the Flyers. Giroux now sits on five points for the year, while van Riemsdyk hadn't managed to record any points in... Read More

3 weeks ago

Brian Elliott Picks Up His Second Consecutive Win

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott saved 23 of 24 shots Thursday night in a 4-1 win at Chicago, improving his record for the year to 2-1-0. The 34-year old netminder has now won two starts on the bounce and he boasts some very good numbers, holding a 2.09 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.... Read More

3 weeks ago

Ryan Strome Bags A Pair Of Goals In Thursday's Win

New York Rangers forward Ryan Strome scored his first two goals of the season in Thursday's 6-2 win over Buffalo. Tony DeAngelo celebrated his 24th birthday with a goal and assist, while Artemi Panarin, Brett Howden and Chris Kreider all scored as well for the Rangers in the big win. Strome might have been goalless... Read More

3 weeks ago

Pekka Rinne Posts First Shutout Of The Season

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne posted his first shutout of the season on Thursday, keeping Minnesota at bay in a 4-0 win. The veteran goalie picked up 26 saves on his way to improving his record for the season to 6-0-1. Miikka Salomaki, Calle Jarnkrok, Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored in the contest. Rinne... Read More

3 weeks ago


Jeff Carter Scores His Second Goal Of The Season

Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, who had a horrible first couple of weeks of the season, is slowly starting to show signs of life. The two-time Stanley Cup champion has three points across the last three games after scoring in Thursday's loss to St. Louis. Alex Iafallo also found the net for the Kings.... Read More

3 weeks ago

Brayden Schenn Scores Twice In Blues Win

St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn scored two goals -- one on a power play -- in Thursday's 5-2 win against the Kings. Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko both had two assists in the game that saw the Blues come from behind twice. Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo also scored with the man advantage, while... Read More

3 weeks ago

Dougie Hamilton Scores Again Thursday Night

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton continued his good run of form on Thursday, scoring his sixth goal of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss to Columbus. Hamilton is the first blueliner in the league to produce six-plus goals in the month of October since Sheldon Souray in 2006-07. He's also only the second defenseman... Read More

3 weeks ago

Cam Atkinson Delivers Overtime Winner On Thursday

Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson scored in overtime on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-3 win. The Jackets took an early lead through an Alexandre Texier goal but found themselves trailing 3-1 ahead of the second period. Goals from Ryan Murray, who also had an assist, and Sonny Milano took the... Read More

3 weeks ago

Tyler Bertuzzi Keeps Producing For Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi extended his point streak to three games on Wednesday, scoring his fourth goal of the season in a 5-2 loss at Ottawa. Darren Helm also tallied his fourth goal of the year. The Wings have now lost six straight, but Bertuzzi has personally started the season well, picking... Read More

3 weeks ago


Thomas Chabot Extends Point Streak With Pair Of Helpers

Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot stretched his point streak to four games on Wednesday, finishing a 5-2 win over Detroit with two assists. Chabot had a slow start to the season, but he's gathering steam nicely now. Six of his seven points have come across the last six games. The 22-year-old is one of only... Read More

3 weeks ago

Anthony Duclair Scores Twice To Seal The Deal Versus Detroit

Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair found the net twice on Wednesday, helping the team beat Detroit 5-2. The Sens came from behind to take a 3-2 lead before Duclair sealed the deal with his seventh career multi-goal game. Chris Tierney, Mark Borowiecki and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for Ottawa. Duclair had a decent spell... Read More

3 weeks ago

Artemi Panarin Gets Another Goal On Sunday

New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin made it goals in back-to-back games on Sunday, netting the team's second one in a 3-2 loss to Vancouver. Jesper Fast also scored and added an assist, while Mika Zibanejad notched his 11th point of the year with his seventh assist. Panarin now has four goals for the... Read More

4 weeks ago

Jacob Markstrom Wins Third Straight Start

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a great 38-save outing on Sunday against the Rangers to record his third straight win. The Swede started the season with a pair of losses when the Canucks struggled to score, but he's since then enjoyed some nice goal support and his own performances have been solid, too. Markstrom... Read More

4 weeks ago

Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser Push Canucks Back To Winning Ways

Vancouver Canucks forwards Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser made sure the team would bounce back from a 1-0 loss suffered on Saturday by scoring in Sunday's matchup against the Rangers. Jay Beagle was also on target when the Canucks jumped out of the gates and won the first period 3-0. Elias Pettersson bagged two assists.... Read More

4 weeks ago


Ben Bishop Notches His Second Win With 38-Save Effort

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop was on top of his game on Saturday against Philadelphia, producing 38 saves and a .974 save percentage in a 4-1 win. Sean Couturier beat him inside the opening minute, but Big Ben stood tall for the rest of the way to improve his record for the season to 2-4-1.... Read More

4 weeks ago

Sean Couturier Scores Only Flyers Goal In Saturday's Loss

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier netted the team's only goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Dallas. He provided a great start for the team by scoring his second goal of the year just 43 seconds into the game, but the Flyers couldn't get anything more past Ben Bishop. Couturier has produced back-to-back 76-point seasons and... Read More

4 weeks ago

Corey Perry Opens His Account For Dallas

Dallas Stars right wing Corey Perry recorded his first points for the team in Saturday's 4-1 win at Philadelphia, scoring once and tallying two assists. Roope Hintz, Esa Lindell, and Miro Heiskanen also scored for Dallas. Perry missed the start of the season through injury and he didn't look too great in his first couple... Read More

4 weeks ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Shuts Out Old Friends In Pittsburgh

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was again back at his old stomping ground in Pittsburgh on Saturday, shutting out his former teammates in a 3-0 win. Paul Stastny scored on a power play, William Karlsson registered a short-handed goal and Mark Stone joined in on the fun as well. Fleury had 29 saves in... Read More

4 weeks ago

Seth Jones Gets First Goal Of The Year

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders. Sonny Milano and Jakob Lilja bagged the helpers, while Boone Jenner notched his first goal of the season as well. Jones had only nine goals last season, but he was just one short of... Read More

4 weeks ago


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