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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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Tobias Rieder Scores Twice In Kings Win

Los Angeles Kings forward Tobias Rieder failed to produce when he was bumped to Anze Kopitar's line for one game this week, but he did manage to do some damage as a fourth-liner in Thursday's 7-1 win over Colorado, scoring twice on five shots. He also had three hits, logging 13:45. Rieder is up to... Read More

2 years ago

Anze Kopitar Records First Four-Goal Game

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar was unstoppable for Colorado on Thursday night, as he recorded the first four-goal game of his career. He got two already in the opening period -- one on the power play -- and bagged one each in the second and third. He's the first Kings players since Nov. 1993... Read More

2 years ago

Ish Smith Energetic Off The Bench In Pistons Loss

Detroit Pistons point guard Ish Smith had a very good game off the bench on Thursday against the Rockets, scoring 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds in 33 minutes. He went 2-for-6 from deep, dished out three assists and recorded a rare block as well. The return of Reggie Jackson hasn't bothered... Read More

2 years ago

Andre Drummond Posts His 54th Double-Double

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond posted his 54th double-double of the season in Thursday's overtime loss to Houston, picking up 20 rebounds in 43 minutes and scoring 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting. He also shot 5-for-10 from the charity stripe. Drummond now has three 20-rebound games this month, leading the league with 15.8 boards per... Read More

2 years ago

Blake Griffin Leaves Houston With a Triple-Double

Detroit Pistons power forward Blake Griffin recorded his first triple-double in the team's colors on Thursday, as he finished a 100-96 overtime loss to Houston with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had a couple of steals in 42 minutes, shooting 9-for-22 from the floor and 1-for-7 from behind the arc. Griffin... Read More

2 years ago


Clint Capela Grabs a Casual Double-Double

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela didn't let Andre Drummond's presence bother him in Thursday's win over Detroit, as he picked up 14 rebounds and scored 10 points to register his 37th double-double of the season. The 14 boards are his highest since March 3, when he had a 17-rebound performance against Boston. His failure to... Read More

2 years ago

P.J. Tucker Just Misses a Double-Double

Houston Rockets small forward P.J. Tucker got very close to his third double-double of the season on Thursday, as he finished an overtime win against the Pistons with 10 points and eight rebounds. Tucker was one of the many Rockets, who struggled throughout the night, going 4-for-11 from the floor and only 2-for-7 from deep,... Read More

2 years ago

Eric Gordon Leads Rockets In Scoring Versus Pistons

Houston Rockets shooting Guard Eric Gordon enjoyed his 26th start of the season, as he led the team in scoring on Thursday against the Detroit Pistons, netting 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting, going 3-for-9 from behind the arc. He also had five assists and two steals in 42 minutes on the floor in the overtime... Read More

2 years ago

James Harden Lethargic In Rockets Win

Houston Rockets guard James Harden only went through the motions in Thursday's win over Detroit, as he shot just 4-for-20 from the field and missed all eight attempts from downtown. However, he still managed to get to 21 points thanks to being busy on the free throw line and getting some extra minutes to perform,... Read More

2 years ago

Darnell Nurse Notches Three Points On Thursday

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse had his best offensive game of the season on Thursday, finishing a 6-2 win over Ottawa with three points. The Senators were dominated by Connor McDavid's line and Nurse picked up three assists in the process. He also had four shots on goal, three blocks, and two hits in the... Read More

2 years ago


Drake Caggiula Scores Twice In Oilers Win

Edmonton Oilers forward Drake Caggiula recorded his second multi-goal game of the season on Thursday, scoring twice against the Senators in a 6-2 win. He opened the scoring with 8:23 played and added a second on a power play in the third period. Caggiula has now scored in back to back games and in three... Read More

2 years ago

Connor McDavid Dominates The Senators

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid continued his chase for a second consecutive Art Ross Trophy win with a four-point game on Thursday against the Senators. He scored the second and final goal in a 6-2 win, adding a couple of assists in the third period. McDavid is currently playing like a man possessed, as he's... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Goligoski Records Two Goals In Coyotes Loss

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski recorded two goals in Thursday's 6-5 loss to Carolina, although he put the puck into the net himself only once. Arizona got on the board with a bizarre goal 8:27 into the game, when the puck went deep into the Canes zone from a Goligoski dump in, Cam Ward came... Read More

2 years ago

Martin Jones Faces Fleury-less Vegas On Thursday

San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones will be going for his fifth straight win on Thursday, with the team hosting the Vegas Golden Knights, who are without regular starter Marc-Andre Fleury. Jones had 26 saves and allowed two goals to the Devils last time out in a 6-2 win. He's won seven of his last... Read More

2 years ago

Cam Talbot Starts For Oilers In Ottawa

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot will make his 59th start of the season on Thursday, with the team facing Ottawa on away ice. Talbot had 19 saves and allowed four goals before being pulled in the final period against the Sens in the first meeting of the season on Oct. 14, which the Oilers lost... Read More

2 years ago


Malcolm Subban Starts For Vegas With Marc-Andre Fleury Out

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban will be between the pipes on Thursday against San Jose, as Marc-Andre Fleury is ruled out with an undisclosed injury. Subban himself recently returned from an upper-body injury suffered at the start of last month. He had 22 saves and allowed one goal on Tuesday against Vancouver after replacing... Read More

2 years ago

Marcus Pettersson Looking At More Minutes With Josh Manson Out

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Marcus Pettersson looks set to see a lot more minutes in the upcoming games, as he's moved up to the second pairing, with Josh Manson (upper body) out. The rookie from Sweden logged 16:40 in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Calgary, which is over three minutes more than his season average (13:10). He... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Smith Plays Poorly In Flames Loss

Calgary Flames goaltender Mike Smith exited Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Ducks with a .727 save percentage after allowing three goals on 11 shots through the first two periods of play. This was a winnable game for the desperate Flames, as the Ducks managed just 16 shots on goal in 60 minutes, but Smith gave... Read More

2 years ago

John Gibson Posts 29-Save Shutout In Calgary

Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson said "no" to all 29 Calgary shots on Wednesday to record his fourth shutout of the season and the 16th of his career in a 4-0 win. He's currently the hottest goalie in the league, as he sits on a four-game winning streak, getting two shutouts in the process. Gibson... Read More

2 years ago

Deyonta Davis Records First Double-Double

Memphis Grizzlies center Deyonta Davis played his second game with 20-plus minutes on Wednesday and was one of just a few who didn't embarrass themselves against the Sixers, as he recorded the first double-double of his career. The second-year player from Michigan State had 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting and grabbed 11 boards in 21... Read More

2 years ago


Marc Gasol Struggles In Return From Illness

Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who missed Monday's tilt at Brooklyn with an illness, looked rusty in his return to the lineup, as he finished Wednesday's 119-105 loss to Philadelphia with only five points, shooting 2-for-8 from the floor. He did salvage his fantasy line a bit with six rebounds, four assists, and a block,... Read More

2 years ago

Wayne Selden Leads Memphis In Scoring Wednesday Night

Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Wayne Selden scored 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's blowout loss to Philadelphia to lead the team in scoring. He went 3-for-6 from deep, made all five shots from the charity stripe and shot 5-for-12 overall in what's his third game in a row with double-digit points.... Read More

2 years ago

Marco Belinelli Stays Hot In Sixers Win

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Marco Belinelli shot 6-for-10 on his way to 15 points in Wednesday's win over Memphis, hitting two of his six treys. He's now produced two very good performances in a row after dropping 21 points on the Hornets at the start of the week. Belinelli has failed to reach the 10-point... Read More

2 years ago

Dario Saric Gets Going Again On Wednesday

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric regained his shooting touch in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies, scoring 15 points in 23 minutes, sinking three triples from six and shooting 5-for-9 overall. He had gone just 2-for-9 in the previous game and had combined for only 14 points in the last two outings, so he clearly found... Read More

2 years ago

J.J. Redick Pours In 15 Points In 18 Minutes Against Memphis

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick played a season-low 18 minutes on Wednesday against Memphis, but actually didn't even need more time on the court to do some damage, as he had 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with three triples. He also sank both of his free throw attempts. Redick is hitting exactly 50 percent... Read More

2 years ago


Ben Simmons Shines All Over The Court In Sixers Win

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons was unstoppable on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies, as he shined all over the court, getting 13 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals in just 25 minutes. He went 6-for-9 from the floor and would've picked up his fourth triple-double in the last five games if the... Read More

2 years ago

Joel Embiid Still Produces In Limited Minutes

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid played only 20 minutes in Wednesday's blowout win against the Grizzlies, but still put up a decent fantasy line, getting 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block. He was perfect from the line with six attempts and shot 4-for-10 overall for the night. All of the... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Strome Scores In His Long-Awaited Return

Arizona Coyotes center Dylan Strome scored against Buffalo on Wednesday in his first NHL game since Dec. 16. The third pick of the 2015 draft looked set to make his comeback a couple of weeks back when he was an emergency call-up from the minors, but he was pretty much sent down straight away as... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Stepan Collects Two Points In Coyotes Win

Arizona Coyotes center Derek Stepan had a second consecutive multi-point game on Wednesday, finishing a 4-1 road win at Buffalo with a goal and an assist. He scored the game-winning goal on the power play near the end of the first period and assisted Richard Panik in the third on his 10th goal of the... Read More

2 years ago

Clayton Keller Posts New Coyotes Rookie Records For Points And Assists

Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller made history on Wednesday night, posting the club's new rookie records in points and assists. He had two assists in a 4-1 win over Buffalo -- one on the power play -- to make it 55 points and 35 assists for the season. Keller has been nothing short of amazing... Read More

2 years ago


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