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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 3809 articles so far, you can find them below.

Johnny Gaudreau Has Second Consecutive Four-Point Game

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau made it back-to-back four-point games on Wednesday, finishing a 5-3 road win at Detroit with a goal and three assists. He became the third different player in franchise history to record at least four points in consecutive team games. Elias Lindholm also had a big game with a goal... Read More

1 year ago

Elias Pettersson Nets First NHL Hat Trick

Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson scored his first career hat trick on Wednesday, killing the Senators off 4-3 in overtime. He became the seventh rookie to score a hat trick that included an overtime goal since regular-season overtime was reintroduced in 1983-84. Pettersson also posted a new franchise record, scoring the most game-winning goals (7)... Read More

1 year ago

MacKenzie Blackwood Looking To Extends Shutout Streak

New Jersey Devils goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood will make his fifth consecutive start on Wednesday against Dallas. The 22-year-old rookie had a superb run to finish off 2018, picking up his first career win and posting back-to-back shutouts. He hasn't allowed a single goal in 122:55. Blackwood has a 3-1-0 record for the season with a... Read More

1 year ago

Ben Bishop Faces New Jersey Wednesday Night

Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop will be between the pipes in Wednesday's home game against the New Jersey Devils. Big Ben has been very solid on home ice this season with an 8-3-2 record in 13 appearances, giving up only 2.09 goals per game with a .933 save percentage. His chances of success will also... Read More

1 year ago

Bryan Rust Good To Go Versus Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (lower body) will return to the lineup on Wednesday after sitting out Monday's 4-2 win over Minnesota. He'll be back on the top line alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. The line had a lot of success over December, although Rust finished the month with back-to-back pointless efforts. Still,... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Murray Looking For Sixth Straight Win On Wednesday

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray will face the New York Rangers on Wednesday, looking to record his sixth straight win. Murray had a perfect record in five starts last month with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage. He seems to have regained his confidence after struggling at the start of the season... Read More

1 year ago

Henrik Lundqvist Takes On Penguins Wednesday Night

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will make his 30th start of the season on Wednesday against the Penguins, looking for his third consecutive win. He also owns a six-game point streak. With that said, Lundqvist has a very tough matchup tonight. The Pens had a really good December, losing only four times, and Sidney... Read More

1 year ago

Andre Drummond Has Quiet Tuesday Night Against Bucks

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond saw his 12-game double-double streak end on Tuesday against Milwaukee, as he managed to collect only 15 points and seven rebounds in a blowout loss. He shot a solid 5-for-10 from the field and even made most of his free throws with a 3-for-5 record from the line, but the... Read More

1 year ago

Blake Griffin Has 29 Points In Losing Effort

Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin scored 29 points on Tuesday against the Bucks, but he was unable to save the team from a blowout loss. It's the most he's scored since dropping 34 points on Minnesota two weeks ago. Griffin shot 9-for-20 from the field, including a very good 4-for-9 from downtown. He also... Read More

1 year ago

Khris Middleton Produces 22 Points In Tuesday's Win

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton scored very efficiently on Tuesday against the Pistons, notching up 22 points in just 28 minutes. He went 9-for-14 from the field with three of his misses coming from downtown. Middleton also had five rebounds and two assists in what was his third consecutive 20-plus point performance. Middleton has... Read More

1 year ago

Brook Lopez Leads Bucks In Scoring Versus Detroit

Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez stayed hot in Tuesday's win over Detroit, posting his third 20-plus point outing in the last four games. He had 25 points on 7-for-13 shooting with all but one of his attempts coming from downtown. Lopez has been out of his mind with his three-point shooting lately, sinking seven attempts... Read More

1 year ago

Giannis Antetokounmpo Takes It Easy On Tuesday

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo went easy on the Pistons in Tuesday's 121-98 win, finishing with only 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Greek Freak came into the match following three consecutive 30-plus point performances, and he played well, but in a blowout loss, there simply weren't enough minutes for him to reach... Read More

1 year ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Gets Sixth Shutout With 17-Save Effort

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his sixth shutout of the season on Tuesday when he was rarely tested by the Kings in a 2-0 win. The Flower had to make just 17 saves to pick up his 54th career shutout. Brandon Pirri continued his recent success with a power-play goal and an assist.... Read More

1 year ago

Viktor Arvidsson Scores Twice In Tuesday's Win

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson bagged two goals in Tuesday's 4-0 win over Philadelphia. Craig Smith and Rocco Grimaldi also scored, while Juuse Saros picked up his second shutout of the season with 32 saves. Arvidsson finished pointless in his first two games back from a thumb injury, but he's now put together back-to-back... Read More

1 year ago

Brad Marchand Seals The Deal In 2019 Winter Classic

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand secured the W for the team in Tuesday's Winter Classic against the Blackhawks, finishing the scoring in a 4-2 win with an empty-netter. Marchand's linemates Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak both had two points in the game. Boston came from behind twice with power-play goals before Sean Kuraly scored... Read More

1 year ago

Russell Westbrook Has Awful Game Against Mavs

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was forced to apologize for his performance on Sunday when he had a complete shocker against the Mavericks. The former league MVP managed only nine points on 4-for-22 shooting, missing all eight attempts from deep. He also attempted only two free throws, making one. Westbrook didn't reach double... Read More

1 year ago

Paul George Has 36 Points Against Dallas

Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George returned from a one-game absence on Sunday to score a team-high 36 points against Dallas. He went an ugly 3-for-11 from deep, but shot a good 12-for-24 overall and had a 9-for-12 record from the charity stripe. PG13 has taken his game to another level this month, averaging... Read More

1 year ago

Harrison Barnes Scores 16 Points Against OKC

Dallas Mavericks small forward Harrison Barnes scored 16 points and led the team with a plus-13 rating in Sunday's win over OKC. His shot was off from deep, as he went only 1-for-5 with the three-ball, but Barnes shot a decent 6-for-13 from the field overall. He also had six rebounds and picked up multiple... Read More

1 year ago

DeAndre Jordan Grabs 17 Rebounds In Sunday's Win

Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan faced a tough task against one of the best rebounding teams in the league on Sunday when the Mavs hosted OKC, but he ended up having another dominant performance on the glass. Jordan finished with a 12-point, 17-rebound double-double in 33 minutes. He shot 4-for-6 from both the field and... Read More

1 year ago

Luka Doncic Stays Hot On Sunday

Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Luka Doncic continued his recent tear with a 25-point outing in Sunday's win over OKC. He shot 9-for-19 from the field, including 4-for-11 from deep with a 3-for-4 record from the charity stripe. Doncic also dished out seven assists to his teammates. Turnovers were a problem for him, as he matched his... Read More

1 year ago

Justise Winslow Sees Good Streak End

Miami Heat small forward Justise Winslow couldn't extend his streak with 20-plus points to four games on Sunday, finishing a 113-104 loss to Minnesota with only 10 points. He started off strongly but ended up completely cooling off, shooting 4-for-15 from the field. However, it was still a solid fantasy performance from him, as he... Read More

1 year ago

Dwyane Wade Leads Miami In Scoring Off The Bench

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade had one of his best games of the season on Sunday against Minnesota, leading the team in scoring with 21 points. He played 28 minutes off the bench, shooting 8-for-15 from the field and 5-for-7 from the line. He also handed out five assists, while recording four rebounds and... Read More

1 year ago

Dario Saric Does A Lot In Just 19 Minutes On Sunday

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dario Saric played a very busy 19 minutes in Sunday's win over Miami, scoring 13 points and adding four rebounds, one steal and one block to his tally. He shot 4-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-3 from behind the arc. Saric's minutes have been up and down ever since his trade from... Read More

1 year ago

Tyus Jones Picks Up Five Steals Against Miami

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones made his fourth start of the season on Sunday against the Heat, scoring 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting, while dishing out five assists. He was also a pest defensively, notching up five steals. Jones played 36 minutes with both Derrick Rose (ankle) and Jeff Teague (ankle) out. Jones is... Read More

1 year ago

Karl-Anthony Towns Has Monster Game On Sunday

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was a monster against the Heat on Sunday, finishing a 113-104 win with 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks, and three steals. He's the first player to post such a stat line since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. KAT shot 12-for-24 from the field and 3-for-6 from downtown, while... Read More

1 year ago

Brandon Pirri Continues Tear With Two Points

Vegas Golden Knights forward Brandon Pirri continued his great run of form on Sunday, finishing a 5-1 win over Arizona with a goal and an assist. The former 20-goal scorer was stuck in the AHL before getting a call-up to the big league on Dec. 20, and he hasn't looked back ever since, recording five... Read More

1 year ago

Brock Boeser Has Two Points In Saturday's Win

Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser logged his sixth multi-point game of the season on Saturday, finishing a 3-2 overtime win at Calgary with a goal and an assist. Boeser got things started in the game, netting his 14th goal of the season on a power play, and he provided the assist to Alexander Edler... Read More

1 year ago

Nick Schmaltz Caps Off Big Coyotes Comeback

Arizona Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Anaheim on Saturday. Ondrej Kase, who scored twice, gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead with less than eight minutes to go in regulation, but the Coyotes fought back superbly and goals from Nick Cousins and Jakob Chychrun took the game to OT. Schmaltz... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Niskanen Sits Out On Saturday

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss his first game of the season on Saturday when the team visits the Ottawa Senators. The experienced blueliner went head-first into the boards in a scary crash on Thursday against the Hurricanes. Brooks Orpik (knee) is nearing a return, but he won't be ready this weekend, so Tyler... Read More

1 year ago

Thomas Chabot Set To Miss Three Weeks

Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot will be out of action for three weeks after suffering an upper-body injury on Friday in a 6-3 loss to the Islanders. He picked up his 38th point of the season with an assist before exiting the game. Starting with Saturday's tilt against the Caps, Ottawa will have 11 games... Read More

1 year ago

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