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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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Alex Tuch Scores Twice Versus Red Wings

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored for only the second time in the last 15 outings on Thursday, getting half of the team's goals in a 4-0 win over Detroit. It was Tuch's first multi-goal game of his career and he now has 13 goals and 30 points for the season. Playing on... Read More

2 years ago

Cody Eakin Shines In Vegas Win

Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin had his best performance of the year on Thursday against Detroit, finishing with two goals and three points in a 4-0 road win. Eakin, who ended the game with a plus-4 rating, made it 2-0 in the middle of the second period with a short-handed goal and scored again... Read More

2 years ago

Marc-Andre Fleury Picks Up Third Shutout

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury once again managed to avoid losses in consecutive starts, making 28 saves against Detroit on his way to a third shutout of the season. Fleury now takes a 23-9-3 record to Buffalo on Saturday in what looks like another favorable matchup for him and the team as a whole.... Read More

2 years ago

Connor McDavid Posts New Career High With Goal No. 31

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid was the hero once again on Thursday night against the Islanders, tying the game with a late goal to take the match to overtime and bagging a decisive goal in the shootout. McDavid now has a new career high with 31 goals in a season, and he's the first Oiler... Read More

2 years ago

Tony Parker Leads Team In Assists Playing Only 18 Minutes

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker played only 18 minutes off the bench on Thursday against the Warriors but still provided a good fantasy line with 11 points and a team-leading seven assists. He made all three free-throw attempts and shot 4-for-7 from the floor. Parker has started this week very well, as he... Read More

2 years ago


Davis Bertans Decent In Another Start

San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans has been getting plenty of starts lately, as teammates are struggling with injuries, and the Latvian also got the nod on Thursday against the Warriors. Bertans played 28 minutes, scoring 13 points with three assists and a couple of rebounds. He shot an ugly 4-for-15 but actually was among... Read More

2 years ago

Dejounte Murray Gets Going Again On Thursday

San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray bounced back well from a dud produced on Monday, getting 14 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 110-107 loss to Golden State. Murray had been limited to just 18 minutes and four points on Monday. He logged 30 minutes against the Warriors, shooting 7-for-14 from the... Read More

2 years ago

Kyle Anderson Shines Versus Warriors

San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson had a second consecutive game with five steals on Thursday against the Warriors, finishing with a very nice all-around fantasy line. He also had 12 points on 5-for-12 shooting, 11 rebounds and four assists. This year really has been a coming out party for the former UCLA man, who... Read More

2 years ago

LaMarcus Aldridge Posts Big Double-Double In Spurs Loss

San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge played a team-high 37 minutes on Thursday against the Warriors, doing some very serious damage with 30 points and 17 rebounds. He shot 11-for-20 from the floor and also had four assists in what was his first game with a double-double since Feb. 7. The Spurs head to... Read More

2 years ago

Milan Lucic Set To Play For Oilers On Thursday; Adam Larsson Returning

Edmonton Oilers left wing Milan Lucic missed practice on Wednesday because of an illness, which left his status for Thursday's meeting with the Islanders up in the air, but he was at the morning skate and looks likely to play. Lucic ended a lengthy goal drought on Monday against Arizona and will be hopeful of... Read More

2 years ago


Martin Jones Starts Versus Blues

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones will get the nod for Thursday's battle against the St. Louis Blues. Jones had a shocker on Sunday, allowing three goals on 13 shots (.769 save percentage) before getting pulled early in the second period against Columbus, but he'll still get a sixth consecutive start. He picked up a... Read More

2 years ago

John Gibson Takes On NHL's Hottest Team On Thursday

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson will put his six-game winning streak on the line Thursday against the Nashville Predators, who counter with a nine-game winning run. Gibson had 36 saves on Tuesday against Washington, picking up his second shutout of the year, so he'll be confident in stopping the NHL's hottest team. However, Nashville has... Read More

2 years ago

Marc-Andre Fleury The Starter In Detroit

Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be looking to bounce back on Thursday against Detroit after suffering his third loss in fours starts on Tuesday in Columbus. Fleury had only 17 saves in a 4-1 loss, ending with a .850 save percentage. He's lost consecutive starts just twice all year, so there seems to... Read More

2 years ago

Reilly Smith Out On Thursday

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith will miss Thursday's tilt with Detroit, as he's listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Smith, who has collected 22 goals and 60 points this season, left Tuesday's 4-1 loss in Columbus after playing just a little over 10 minutes. Tomas Tatar will be bumped to the first... Read More

2 years ago

Clayton Keller Finishes With Two Points On Wednesday

Arizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller was involved in both goals in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Vancouver, opening the scoring with a power-play strike and assisting Derek Stepan on the game-winner in the final minute of regulation time. Keller, who made a superb start to his rookie campaign, had points in only four games in February,... Read More

2 years ago


Henrik Sedin Making History With Massive Goalless Streak

Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin is on a career-high 48-game goalless streak and on the brink of league history. No player has previously scored two or fewer goals in a season with 40-plus assists, but that's exactly where Sedin is heading. He didn't even register a shot on goal for a second consecutive game in... Read More

2 years ago

Jussi Jokinen Scores First Canucks Goal

Vancouver Canucks forward Jussi Jokinen scored his first goal for the team in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Arizona, finishing off a nice move on a delayed penalty call. Jokinen has started life in Vancouver on the same line with the Sedin brothers, but he was actually fed by Brendan Leipsic and Sam Gagner. He had... Read More

2 years ago

Mark Giordano Scores Again In Flames Win

Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano has goals in back-to-back games following a 5-1 win over Buffalo on Wednesday. He also picked up a power-play assist in what was the team's first win in five outings. Giordano has already matched his tally from last year (12) with that goal, and he's currently enjoying a nice run... Read More

2 years ago

Johnny Gaudreau Picks Up Two Assists In 300th Career Game

Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau had two assists, one on the power play, to make it 56 helpers for the season in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Buffalo. Playing in his 300th career game, Johnny Hockey helped Sean Monahan get his 30th goal of the year and he also had a hand in the team's... Read More

2 years ago

David Rittich Just Misses First Shutout

Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich made his 14th start of the season on Wednesday and picked up a seventh win in a 5-1 result against Buffalo. The 25-year-old rookie out of Czech Republic had 25 saves and missed his first career shutout by just 18 seconds. He helped the Flames end a four-game losing streak,... Read More

2 years ago


Sean Monahan Ends Drought, Joins 30-Goal Club

Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan ended a four-game run without any goals or points on Wednesday before exiting the game against Buffalo. According to head coach Glen Gulutzan, Monahan has been dealing with a minor injury and he was pulled for precautionary reasons, so fantasy owners shouldn't really be worried about his status. His 30th... Read More

2 years ago

Clint Capela Misses Double-Double In Milwaukee

Houston Rockets center Clint Capela had a second consecutive game without a double-double on Wednesday, as he finished with 10 points and eight rebounds against the Bucks. Should fantasy owners be worried? Certainly not. Capela just posted a 17-rebound game less than a week ago and he's simply had uncomfortable matchups with OKC and the... Read More

2 years ago

Eric Gordon Pours In 18 Points WIth Four Triples

Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon continued his recent great shooting from downtown in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee, making half of his eight attempts to finish with 18 points. He logged a really good 33 minutes, shooting 6-for-12 overall and matching his season high with six rebounds. Gordon has been insane from deep since returning... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Paul Gets Double-Double In Rockets Win

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul has picked it up after a couple of quiet outings, as the team just keeps winning and winning. Following a 25-point performance on Tuesday, Paul had a nice double-double on Wednesday against the Bucks with 16 points and 11 assists. However, there were negatives as well, as he failed... Read More

2 years ago

James Harden Scores 26 Points With Good Defensive Stats

Houston Rockets guard James Harden scored 26 points as the team passed the Boston Celtics for the longest winning streak of the season on Wednesday, picking up their 17th win in a row against the Bucks in a 110-99 victory. He logged 35 minutes and recorded six assists and five rebounds as well. Harden's defensive... Read More

2 years ago


Darcy Kuemper Gets Another Start On Wednesday

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper will make a second consecutive start on Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks with Antti Raanta (lower body) out. Kuemper was forced to take over on Monday against Edmonton when Raanta injured himself in the warmup, and while the team did well by scoring three goals, the former King couldn't pull... Read More

2 years ago

Jacob Markstrom Goes For Second Win Versus Coyotes

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, who ended a personal three-game losing streak on Monday, will be between the pipes again on Wednesday against the Arizona Coyotes. Markstrom had 31 saves against the Islanders in a 4-3 overtime win to improve his record to 18-21-6. He should have a great chance of making it two wins... Read More

2 years ago

Jake Virtanen Moved To First Line On Wednesday

Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen will get a look on the first line in Wednesday's clash with Arizona. In an expected move, Virtanen will replace Brock Boeser, who injured his back in Monday's win over the Islanders. Virtanen picked up some momentum from the last game with a goal and an assist, recording four... Read More

2 years ago

David Rittich Gets The Nod For Flames In Buffalo

Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich will be back in the crease on Wednesday against Buffalo after sitting out five of the last six games. The Flames need a jolt, as they have suffered four straight losses, so head coach Glen Gulutzan has decided to change things up in goal. Rittich started the season well but... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Getzlaf Keeps Climbing The Scoring Charts

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf had another outstanding game on Tuesday, finishing with two assists against the Capitals. Getzlaf missed two months after face surgery, so he's only on 48 points, but thanks to his great recent run, he's close to breaking into the league's top 10 in points per game. Following a run of... Read More

2 years ago


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