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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.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Drew Doughty Lead The Charge Versus Flames

Los Angeles Kings left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and defenseman Drew Doughty both produced three points in Tuesday's 4-3 shock win at Calgary. Kovalchuk put the team 3-0 up at the start of the second period and picked up two assists, while Doughty scored the game-winner on a power-play after also recording a pair of helpers.... Read More

1 month ago

Anthony Beauvillier Continues Good Start To The Season

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier made it four points in three games on Tuesday, scoring a short-handed goal to put to team up 1-0 in an eventual 5-2 defeat to Edmonton. Semyon Varlamov struggled again, giving up four goals with 19 shots before getting pulled, and the Isles simply had no answer to... Read More

1 month ago

Zack Kassian Continues Scoring Streak

Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Kassian extended his goal-scoring streak to three games on Tuesday, netting the team's fourth goal in a 5-2 win over the Islanders. The 28-year-old power forward hasn't been known for his offensive prowess, but he's started the year on the top line alongside Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, which has... Read More

1 month ago

James Neal Pots Four Goals Against Islanders

Edmonton Oilers winger James Neal continued his hot start to the season on Tuesday, scoring four goals -- two on the power play -- in a 5-2 win over the Islanders. The experienced winger now has six goals for the season already, which is the most anybody has scored for the Oilers in the team's... Read More

1 month ago

Mikko Koskinen Makes Season Debut Tuesday Night

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen is set to make his first appearances of the season on Tuesday against his former team the Islanders. The 31-year-old Finn played four games for the Isles in 2010-11 before returning to Europe, where he stayed until the start of last season. He had a mixed year during his comeback... Read More

1 month ago

Josh Morrissey, Dmitry Kulikov Out On Tuesday

Winnipeg Jets defensemen Josh Morrissey and Dmitry Kulikov will miss the team's matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Head coach Paul Maurice said Morrissey is going to be held out for precautionary reasons, while Kulikov had been granted personal leave. The Jets have already been thin at the blueline, which had led to Maurice's... Read More

1 month ago

Roope Hintz Scores Twice In Stars Loss

Dallas Stars forward Roope Hintz made it three goals in three games on Sunday, scoring a pair in a 4-3 loss to Detroit. Tyler Seguin also found himself on the scoresheet as the Stars suffered their third consecutive loss. It's been a very rough start for the team, but Hintz, who had 22 points in... Read More

1 month ago

Anthony Mantha Explodes For Four Goals Sunday Night

Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha had a career night on Sunday against Dallas, scoring all four goals in a 4-3 win. Mantha became the sixth player in franchise history to score a hat trick in their home opener and the third to get a natural hat trick. The Stars were up 2-0 before... Read More

1 month ago

Joonas Korpisalo Starts Life As Starter Versus Toronto

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo will start life as the team's No. 1 in a tough matchup against Toronto on Friday. The 25-year-old Finn has shown some promise in his previous 90 NHL outings ahead of what should be a make-or-break year for him. Korpisalo has a 41-31-9 record so far in his career... Read More

1 month ago

Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan Both Score In Season Opener

Calgary Flames forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan both started their seasons with a power-play goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-3 loss to Colorado. Last year's Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano also had a goal in the season opener. Gaudreau and Monahan have formed one of the deadliest duos in the league over the... Read More

1 month ago

Mikko Rantanen, Joonas Donskoi Push Avs Past Flames

Colorado Avalanche forwards Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi both had two goals Thursday night, helping the team beat Calgary 5-3. Donskoi, who made his team debut, opened the scoring with a power-play goal and finished things off as well with an empty-netter. Nathan MacKinnon started his season with a power-play assist, while Philipp Grubauer pushed... Read More

1 month ago

Matt Duchene Piles Up Three Assists In Preds Debut

Nashville Predators center Matt Duchene started life in Music City with a three-point effort, providing three helpers in Thursday's 5-2 win over Minnesota. Filip Forsberg and Ryan Ellis also had multi-point nights as both finished with a goal and an assist. The Preds had a massive third period, scoring four goals. Mikael Granlund, Austin Watson,... Read More

1 month ago

Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers Combine For Five Points

Winnipeg Jets forwards Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers combined for five points on Thursday against the Rangers, but it wasn't enough to lead the team to victory. Wheeler's two goals helped the Jets keep pace in the second period and a power-play goal by Kyle Connor even put the team up 4-3 in the third,... Read More

1 month ago

Jacob Trouba Gets Franchise Record In Rangers Debut

New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba had a very productive debut for the team in Thursday's 6-4 win over his former side Winnipeg. He scored the team's third goal and added two assists, which helped him to become the first defenseman in franchise history to record three points in his debut. Trouba also had five... Read More

1 month ago

Mika Zibanejad Produces Four Points In Season Opener

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad went off in the season opener against Winnipeg, finishing a 6-4 win with four points. He had one goal and three assists, adding a team-high seven shots. Zibanejad's red-hot form helped Artemi Panarin start his life as a Ranger with a two-point effort as he had a goal and... Read More

1 month ago

Darcy Kuemper Opens Season As Coyotes Starter

Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper will open the season as the team's starting netminder, with Antti Raanta (lower body) nursing an injury. With the Finn out for most of 2018-19, Kuemper had a breakthrough year, putting together a 27-20-8 record with a 2.33 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. The Saskatoon-born goalie has just signed... Read More

1 month ago

Joakim Nygard Starts NHL Career On Top Line

Edmonton Oilers forward Joakim Nygard will be pinching himself tonight ahead of his first NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks, as he'll be lining up on the top line alongside Connor McDavid. James Neal is also set to be Nygard's linemate in his first-ever game. Nygard is a 26-year-old forward who spent his whole career... Read More

1 month ago

Danil Yurtaikin Set For Debut On Top line

San Jose Sharks forward Danil Yurtaikin is set to make his NHL debut on the team's top line Wednesday night at Vegas. The 22-year-old Russian gets a great opportunity to produce straightaway, with Evander Kane serving a three-game suspension. Yurtaikin had 10 goals and 19 points in 40 games last season in the KHL for... Read More

1 month ago

Pekka Rinne Gets Lit Up Again On Saturday

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, who was pulled in Game 4 against Dallas after allowing four first-period goals, didn't do much better in Game 5 either, allowing five goals on 26 shots in a 5-3 defeat on Saturday. It was a complete nightmare for the Finn in the second period when Dallas opened up a... Read More

7 months ago

Alexander Radulov, Jason Dickinson Score Twice In Game 5

Dallas Stars forwards Alexander Radulov and Jason Dickinson both scored twice in Saturday's 5-3 win over Nashville, which puts the team one win away from qualifying for the next round. The Preds took the lead with Rocco Grimaldi's third postseason goal, but Dickinson tied it up before the first break and Radulov took over in... Read More

7 months ago

Philipp Grubauer Allows Just One Goal In Game 5

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer remained rock-solid in Friday's Game 5 against Calgary, saving 28 of 29 shots in a series-clinching 5-1 win. The German played a big part in the team's first series win since 2008, giving up two or fewer goals in four straight contests to finish things off. He has a 4-1-0... Read More

7 months ago

Mikko Rantanen, Colin Wilson Put Avs Through To Next Round

Colorado Avalanche wingers Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson both scored twice and had an assist in Friday's 5-1 win over Calgary, which sent the Avs through to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Gabriel Landeskog also scored, while Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie both had three assists. Rantanen, who... Read More

7 months ago

Auston Matthews Keeps Scoring In First-Round Series

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews netted his fourth postseason goal of the year on Friday, helping the team beat Boston 2-1. Kasperi Kapanen, who registered an assist on Matthews' strike, scored the game-winner with his first goal of the playoffs, while David Krejci produced a consolation goal for the B's late on. Matthews, who... Read More

7 months ago

Alex Ovechkin Scores On Power Play In Thursday's Loss

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin scored his second playoff goal of the season -- a power-play marker -- on Thursday against Carolina, but it turned out to be only a consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat. Dmitry Orlov and Lars Eller bagged the assists on the play. The Capitals captain was limited to only... Read More

7 months ago

Petr Mrazek Stays Strong In Game 4

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek bagged his second consecutive win on Thursday, helping the team beat Washington 2-1 in Game 4 of the first-round series. Coming off of a Game 3 shutout, Mrazek allowed only an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal to beat him, finishing with 30 saves and a .968 save percentage. Mrazek has yet... Read More

7 months ago

Teuvo Teravainen Ties Series With Caps

Carolina Hurricanes winger Teuvo Teravainen scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 2-1 success over Washington, leading to a 2-2 tie in the series. Nino Niederreiter and Sebastian Aho picked up the assists on the play. Teravainen gained a lot of postseason experience with the Blackhawks, so it's no surprise to see him popping up in... Read More

7 months ago

Dustin Byfuglien Continues Postseason Success With An Assist

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien made it six points in five games on Thursday, helping Kevin Hayes put the team up 2-0 in Game 5 against St. Louis. Big Buff now has five assists in the playoffs, trailing only San Jose's Erik Karlsson (seven) among defensemen. He's a plus-four in the series with 10 shots... Read More

7 months ago

Jaden Schwartz Caps Off Big Third-Period Comeback By Blues

St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz finished a big third-period comeback in Game 5 against Winnipeg on Thursday, scoring the decisive 3-2 goal with 15 ticks remaining in regulation. The Blues were 2-0 down ahead of the final frame before things suddenly started to click. Ryan O'Reilly ended Connor Hellebuyck's bid for a shutout... Read More

7 months ago

Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith Score For Vegas In Game 5

Vegas Golden Knights forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith both struck on the power play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to San Jose with Colin Miller and William Karlsson assisting them on both occasions. The Sharks finally managed to contain Paul Stastny's line with Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, so Vegas needed offense from elsewhere and... Read More

7 months ago

Martin Jones Looks Great In Elimination Game

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones gave up only a pair of power-play goals in Thursday's 5-2 win over Vegas, finishing with 30 saves and a .938 save percentage. Jones has had a very difficult series so far, but his performance in Game 5 should be an encouraging sign for the Sharks ahead of Sunday's... Read More

7 months ago

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