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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm logged his second consecutive game with multiple assists on Sunday, collecting two of them in a 3-2 road win at St. Louis. He also registered three blocks and one hit in the game with 22:16 of ice time. Lindholm now has points in four straight games and he sits on six overall for the season which is good enough to share the third-best spot on the scoring charts among defenseman. His previous career-high in points is 34, so he's greatly exceeding expectations at the moment. Enjoy it while it lasts.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks forward Ben Street notched his second goal of the season and his third point on Sunday, netting a 2-2 game-tying goal for the team in an eventual 3-2 win over St. Louis. With his goal against Arizona last Wednesday, Street became the oldest player to score his first goal for Anaheim, and the 31-year-old journeyman now has some extra momentum after netting again. Street has been a scoring machine in the minors, recording 144 goals and 357 points in 428 AHL games, but he's never made a mark in the NHL. It's a great story, but don't expect him to offer fantasy value in the long run.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks left wing Jakob Silfverberg continued his hot start to the season on Sunday, scoring for the third time and recording his seventh point of the season in a 3-2 win over the Blues. Silfverberg opened the scoring in the game near the end of the first period before exiting with an upper-body injury. He's listed day-to-day for now. The Swede's injury could turn out to be bad news for Max Comtois owners as well, as the 19-year-old rookie has enjoyed his time playing next to Silfverberg, collecting five points in his first six career games. He had his third assist on Sunday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over St. Louis, netting on a power play with five minutes to go in regulation. He was at the right place at the right time as Cogliano logged only eight seconds on the power play during the whole game. He played a total of 18:18 and finished with five shots on goal. Cogliano continued a good recent spell with his 30th career game-winner, as he's collected three points in the last four games. The Ducks are battling injuries already which has pumped Cogliano up to the second line to play with Ryan Kesler and Rickard Rakell.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoCalgary Flames forward Sam Bennett scored Calgary's first goal on Saturday night, giving him his first goal of the year. Bennet also chipped in four penalty minutes and four hits, giving him quite the productive night. However, nights like these have been few and far between for the former top-five pick as he has only reached 30 points once in his three-year career. Bennett gets a bump from playing on a line with new teammate James Neal, but unless he can work his way onto one of the power-play units he will remain on the wrong side of fantasy relevance.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoColorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen now has at least a point in each of the five games that he has played in this season. Rantanen picked up the primary assist on MacKinnon's first-period goal and now has seven assists on the season. If there is any worry that he can follow-up his breakout 2017-18 season, Rantanen is doing everything he can to calm those fears. Reaching 55 assists again is a high bar for the 21-year-old forward, but playing on the top line and top power-play unit alongside Nathan MacKinnon will go a long way to helping that.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoSt. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo exited Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks with a lower-body injury. The 29-year-old rearguard scored a career-high 13 points last season. Bortuzzo is a third-pairing defenseman that does not see any time on the power play. He should not be on any fantasy radars.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: St. Louis Blues
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1 year agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson recorded a new season high with six shots on goal on Sunday but failed to register any points in a 3-2 loss to the Devils. He's still waiting for his first goal as a Shark, having failed to score with 18 shots. The two-time Norris Trophy winner is currently on pace to finish with more penalty minutes than points for just the second time in his career. He picked up his first four penalty minutes of the season on Sunday while having recorded just three points so far. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was another Sharks defenseman who got six shots on the net but failed to get any points against the Devils.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns helped Joe Pavelski open the scoring on Sunday against New Jersey and didn't do a thing wrong during the whole game, although the team ended up suffering another loss. Burns was on the ice for both of the team's goals and finished with four shots and a plus-two rating while playing over 25 minutes. He now sits on a three-game point streak, having collected a total of four points -- all assists -- during the run. Burns had a shockingly poor shooting percentage last season (3.6 percent) and unfortunately, there haven't been any signs of improvement yet. The days of him getting 20-plus goals seem to be over.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoSan Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier scored his third goal of the season on Sunday, putting the team up 2-1 before New Jersey made a third-period comeback and ended up winning 3-2. The Sharks have struggled at the start of the season, but Meier's been good, as he's failed to pick up at least a point just once in last five outings. He's registered three goals and four points for the whole year with 13 shots on goal and a plus-three rating. The youngster has formed an effective unit on the second line with Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture, who both picked up assists on Sunday. Joe Pavelski netted the other one for the Sharks.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoSan Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is finding it hard to replicate last season's form after suffering his third loss in four starts on Sunday. Jones gave up three goals and finished with 33 saves and a .917 save percentage. He had three losses during the whole of October a year ago and didn't record his fourth one until Nov. 8. Luckily for Jones, the team now gets a couple of easier tests to build up momentum with the Sabres and Islanders set to visit the SAP Center next week. He'll be looking to improve a 3.05 goals-against average and a .880 save percentage.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoNew Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid made it three wins in three starts on Sunday, stopping 37 pucks in a 3-2 result against San Jose. He's yet to give up more than two goals in a game and had a .949 save percentage against the Sharks. The Devils are the only team in the league that hasn't suffered a single loss so far, and Kinkaid is one of the biggest reasons why. He's filling in very nicely for Cory Schneider (lower body) who has practiced with the team but doesn't have a return date.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoNew Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen was hungry for a goal on Sunday, firing six shots on the net in a 3-2 win over San Jose. He failed to get anything past Martin Jones but didn't leave the game empty-handed as he recorded a power-play assist on the team's first goal. Vatanen has picked up an assist in all three Devils games and he's not the only d-man on the team who's started the season with a point streak. Mirco Mueller and Damon Severson have both also notched up three helpers in three games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoNew Jersey Devils center Jean-Sebastien Dea scored for a second consecutive game on Sunday, netting the 3-2 game-winner against the Sharks. The 24-year-old isn't the most skillful player around but he's not afraid of getting into the dirty areas and he proved it against San Jose, shoveling in the decisive goal early in the third period. The Devils are averaging nearly five goals per game at the start of the season and all four lines are playing their part. Dea now has three goals in nine career games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoNew Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall had two assists -- one on the power play -- on Sunday when the team came from behind twice to beat San Jose on home ice 3-2. Hall is still without a goal himself with three games played, but he looked lively against the Sharks and had a very good game overall, finishing with a team-leading plus-two rating and recording three shots on goal in 22:01 on the ice. The Devils have now scored 14 goals through three games and Hall has factored on only three of them which is a great sign for the team.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN

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