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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.

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Nikola Vucevic Records Second Career Triple-Double

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic put on a real show on Saturday night, recording his second career triple-double in a 116-115 loss to the Sixers. Vucevic didn't allow Joel Embiid's defense bother him, as he went for 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. The massive Montenegrin was a perfect 4-for-4 with... Read More

1 year ago

Dario Saric Does It All In Sixers Win

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric was everywhere in Saturday's narrow 116-115 win over the Orlando Magic, getting close to a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds while collecting five assists, one block, and one steal. For some reason, Saric has struggled with his shot at the start of the year and he even had... Read More

1 year ago

Markelle Fultz Gets Close To Double-Double

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Markelle Fultz was close to a double-double on Saturday, finishing a 116-115 win over Orlando with eight points and seven assists. He also picked up one steal with 23 minutes on the floor. Fultz showed encouraging signs of his shot during the preseason, but he finished just 4-for-11 from the floor... Read More

1 year ago

J.J. Redick Drops Eight Treys On Magic

Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick was in video-game mode on Saturday, scoring 31 points in 32 minutes off the bench against the Magic while finishing 8-for-13 from behind the arc. He shot 10-for-20 overall from the field while getting four assists and four rebounds with one steal. Redick played a massive part in the game... Read More

1 year ago

Ben Simmons Has Back Issues, Plays Only Eight Minutes

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons logged only eight minutes of action in Saturday's 116-115 win over Orlando, leaving early with back tightness. According to reports, Simmons felt his back stiffening up already before tip-off, but he decided to give it a go anyway. He had four points and four assists before heading for the... Read More

1 year ago


Joel Embiid Scores 32 Points On Saturday

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid almost scored at a point-per-minute pace in Saturday's 116-115 win over Orlando, finishing with 32 points in 34 minutes. He was heavily involved in the offense after Ben Simmons (back) was forced to exit the game, getting 26 shot attempts, which he made at a 50 percent rate. Embiid even... Read More

1 year ago

Jonathan Quick's Saturday Woes Continue

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped only 21 of 25 shots in Saturday's 5-1 loss to Buffalo, finishing with a .840 save percentage. Dating back to last season, he's now lost nine of his last 10 Saturday starts. Quick has allowed 10 goals in two games since returning from a lower-body injury this week.... Read More

1 year ago

Drew Doughty Scores Only Kings Goal On Saturday

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored the team's only goal in Saturday's heavy 5-1 loss to the Sabres, finishing off a move on a power play late in the game to pick up his first goal of the season. Jeff Carter and Alex Iafallo had the assists. The Kings have now suffered four big... Read More

1 year ago

Linus Ullmark Cruises To Second Win

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark had one of the easiest games of his career on Saturday, facing only 20 shots in a 5-1 win over the L.A. Kings. Drew Doughty was the only one who managed to get one behind the Swede, and even that happened on a power play. Ullmark has won both his... Read More

1 year ago

Zach Bogosian Ends Lengthy Goal Drought

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian picked up his first point of the season with a goal in Saturday's 5-1 over the Kings, ending a lengthy dry spell. He last scored on March 27, 2017, having missed most of last season with an injury. Bogosian started this season off injured as well, but he's featured in... Read More

1 year ago


Jason Pominville Collects Three Points Versus Kings

Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville came to life on Saturday against the Kings, recording three points -- one goal and two assists -- in a 5-1 win. He became the third player from the 2001 NHL Draft to reach the 700-point milestone, joining Ilya Kovalchuk and Jason Spezza. Following some line shuffling by head... Read More

1 year ago

Jack Eichel Has Three Assists In Sabres Win

Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel and his line ran amok on Saturday against the Kings, with him personally picking up three assists in a 5-1 win. He helped Jeff Skinner get a hat trick while also picking up an assist on the game's opening goal scored by Jason Pominville. Eichel had been left without a... Read More

1 year ago

Jeff Skinner Scores Fifth Career Hat Trick

Buffalo Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner netted his fifth career hat trick on Saturday, helping the team beat the L.A. Kings 5-1. He got two in the second period -- including the game-winner -- and finished it off with an empty-netter in the third. Skinner previously had just one goal and three points for the... Read More

1 year ago

Michael Matheson Returns From Suspension On Saturday

Florida Panthers defenseman Michael Matheson will make his return from a two-game suspension on Saturday. His comeback comes at a good time, as the Panthers lost Mark Pysyk (upper body) to injury in Friday's 6-5 shootout win over Washington. Matheson will replace him on the second pairing. He's pointless in three games thus far with... Read More

1 year ago

Michael Hutchinson Stays In Florida Crease

Florida Panthers goaltender Michael Hutchinson will remain in the crease for Saturday's matchup against the Red Wings after helping the team overcome Washington on Friday. The Cats blew a 4-1 lead with James Reimer between the pipes before Hutchinson replaced him and led the team to a 6-5 shootout win. He stopped 10 of 11... Read More

1 year ago


Andrei Vasilevskiy Looking For Third Straight Win

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be looking to record a third straight win on Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild. The young Russian has registered a total of 59 saves across the last two games, an 8-2 win over Columbus and a 3-1 result against Detroit. He's been one of the best fantasy... Read More

1 year ago

Colton Sceviour Gets A Look On Second Line

Florida Panthers center Colton Sceviour will return to the lineup on Friday after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday, and he's set to get a look as the second-line center. He has no points and just four shots in three appearances this season, but the Panthers haven't yet won a single game, so head coach... Read More

1 year ago

James Reimer Gets The Nod On Friday

Florida Panthers goaltender James Reimer will return to the crease on Friday after sitting out Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to Philadelphia. Head coach Bob Boughner gave Michael Hutchinson a chance to end the team's losing streak, but it didn't go well, so it's Reimer's turn again. He sits on a 0-2-1 record ahead of tonight's... Read More

1 year ago

Keith Kinkaid Suffers First Loss Of The Season

New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid saw his winning start to the season end on Thursday, as he was unable to save the team from a 5-3 loss to the Avalanche. He allowed four goals and finished with 29 saves and a .879 save percentage. Kinkaid's record for the season dropped to 4-1-0. His numbers... Read More

1 year ago

Nico Hischier Nets First Goal Of The Season

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier registered his first goal of the season on Thursday, opening the scoring on a power play in an eventual 5-3 loss to Colorado. He also picked up an assist later in the game, so it was a good night for him personally. Especially after failing to get anything on... Read More

1 year ago


Taylor Hall Factors On All Devils Goals

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall played a part in all three of the team's goals in a 5-3 loss to Colorado on Thursday, finishing with one goal -- his first of the season -- and two assists, which both came on the power play. Hall has picked up all seven of his points... Read More

1 year ago

Philipp Grubauer Records First Win

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer recorded his first win of the season on Thursday, making 27 saves and finishing with a .900 save percentage in a 5-3 result versus the Devils. The German had a pretty poor team debut on Tuesday against Columbus, allowing four goals with a .882 save percentage, but he bounced back... Read More

1 year ago

Ian Cole Has Two Assists On Thursday

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole finished Thursday's 5-3 win over New Jersey with two assists and a plus-two rating. He also recorded two blocked shots and two penalty minutes in the game. The Avs are currently getting goals from all over the place which helps even the depth forwards and defensemen to pick up points.... Read More

1 year ago

Sven Andrighetto Scores In Season Debut

Colorado Avalanche right wing Sven Andrighetto was on target in his season debut on Thursday, scoring the team's first goal in a 5-3 win. He had missed the start of the year with a lower-body injury but looked fully healthy now. Andrighetto played on the fourth line and was on the ice for just 10:35,... Read More

1 year ago

Nathan MacKinnon Has First Three-Point Night

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon had his first three-point night of the season on Thursday, finishing a 5-3 win over New Jersey with three assists. It was his first game without a single goal this season, but he more than made up for it. MacKinnon flirted with the 100-point plateau in 2017-18 and it's not... Read More

1 year ago


Mikko Rantanen Collects Four Points In Avs Win

Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen was unstoppable for the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, collecting four points in a 5-3 win. He had three assists and scored his second goal of the season with an empty-netter. Rantanen has so far picked up points from all seven Colorado games and he leads the league in... Read More

1 year ago

Gabriel Landeskog Nets Third Career Hat Trick

Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog recorded his third career hat trick in Thursday's 5-3 road win versus New Jersey. The Avs captain played an integral part in handing the Devils their first loss of the season, finishing off his hat trick with two third-period goals when the team was trailing 3-2. He also had... Read More

1 year ago

Ryan Callahan Could Return On Thursday

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (shoulder) could make his season debut on Thursday after saying he's good to go for the matchup against Detroit. It remains to be seen if head coach Jon Cooper indeed enters him into the lineup. The veteran forward has had a number of injury problems in recent years... Read More

1 year ago

Andrei Vasilevskiy Looking To Stay Unbeaten Against Detroit

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be the team's starter on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. The young Russian netminder has a perfect 6-0-0 career record against the Wings, allowing only 1.71 goals per game with a .947 save percentage. He's been sharp this season as well, posting a 2-1-0 record with... Read More

1 year ago

Will Butcher Healthy Enough To Play On Thursday

New Jersey Devils defenseman Will Butcher, who left Tuesday's 3-0 win over Dallas early with an undisclosed injury, will be in the lineup against Colorado on Thursday. It's a special matchup for him of course after the Avs drafted the young d-man in 2013 only to find out a few years later that Butcher wasn't... Read More

1 year ago


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