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2 years agoColorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier suffered a lower-body injury in Wednesday's contest with the Predators and did not return. Prior to his premature departure, Bernier had stopped 23 of 26 shots against. The news comes at a tough time for the Avalanche, as the team will travel back to Nashville for Game 5 in an attempt to avoid elimination. Andrew Hammond, who stopped all eight shots in relief, is likely to start Game 5 on Friday should Bernier be unable to play.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Mike Chambers
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is slowly starting to roll in the playoffs. After finishing the first two games against the Ducks without a single point, he picked up an assist in both of the next two. Vlasic provided the helper on Tomas Hertl's series-clinching goal on Wednesday. He's not known for his offensive production, but Vlasic did have a career year with 11 goals this season. He can provide you blocks on a nightly basis as well, so you could certainly do worse when picking defensemen for your DFS team. The Sharks face Vegas next, against whom Vlasic performed very well during the regular season, recording three points in four games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks right wing Marcus Sorensen is offering some very good value for money in DFS competitions in the playoffs, as he shares the team lead with three goals following the first-round sweep of the Ducks. He made it three goals in three games on Wednesday, potting the first of the game with 5:43 played, sending a rebound from a Brent Burns point shot into the net. Melker Karlsson also recorded an assist on the play. Sorensen averaged only 9:25 on the ice during the series, so he was super efficient. He only needed five shots to get the three goals as well.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl provided the series-clinching goal Wednesday night in Game 4, as Peter DeBoer's team completed the sweep against Anaheim with a 2-1 win. Hertl scored his third postseason goal in the middle of the third period, just over a minute after the Ducks had tied it up. He had four points in the series, so the 24-year-old is up and running nicely. However, the Vegas Golden Knights will offer a much tougher challenge in the second round, so picking him blindly as a DFS play because he's on a nice scoring streak isn't a smart choice.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoIt has not been a good playoff series for Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, apart from Game 2. He let in three goals on Wednesday and was replaced by Michal Neuvirth in Philly's 5-0 loss. Neuvirth let in two other goals, so right now it looks like no Flyers goalie is a good fantasy pick. Let's wait for 2018-19 fantasy drafts.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson will play on Wednesday night, according to coach Jon Cooper. Johnson did not practice Tuesday morning and was considered a game-time decision until now. Johnson rejoins Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat on Tampa Bay's second line, which was held scoreless in Game 3 for the first time this series. Johnson has been effective even when primarily matched up against New Jersey's top line, scoring three points in three games, and he will continue to be a good value option in daily formats.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Bryan Burns
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2 years agoColumbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones finished Tuesday night's 3-2 double-overtime loss to Washington with an assist, four shots on goal and four blocked shots. Jones has been the Jackets best defenseman all season and has continued that trend going into the postseason, currently sitting at a goal and three assists in three games. You'll likely have to spend up for Jones in DFS leagues almost every night he's available, but he should prove to be worth the money nearly every time.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots in a 3-2 double-overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. After essentially losing the starting gig to Philipp Grubauer, one would have to think Holtby has won it back after Tuesday night's performance. Holtby owns the best career postseason save percentage among active goalies at .932 and will look to return to form after a horrible regular season that saw him let in 2.99 goals-against average. A confident Holtby could get the Caps another road victory and tie the series 2-2.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray will get the start in Game 4 versus the Flyers on Wednesday. Murray has only allowed five goals in the first three games of this series, but four of those goals came in Game 2. He has been very consistent in the other two games and is looking to be one of the top goalies on the night. He makes a solid play in terms of DFS and could be viable for all formats Wednesday.--Tom Vecchio - RotoBallerSource: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist will be out for Wednesday's game versus the Flyers due to an upper-body injury. Hornqvist had been seeing time on the top forward line and the top power-play unit for the Penguins, which will now present an opening for other players. Hornqvist had the fifth most points for the Penguins this season, which could be a bit of a blow to their offense, but expect the experience of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel to fill in while Hornqvist is out.--Tom Vecchio - RotoBallerSource: Penguins Twitter
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2 years agoAnaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson is expected to retain his place between the pipes on Wednesday against the Sharks, even though he had an awful outing on Monday. Gibson was yanked ahead of the final period after allowing five goals on 24 shots. He looked good in the first two games on home ice, but it became a real struggle for him and the team at the SAP Center as they lost Game 3 8-1 in the end. It would take a lot of guts to trust Gibson as a DFS play at this point, but it must be noted that Anaheim has had just two four-game losing streaks all season. Right now would be the perfect time to avoid another one.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Eric Stephens
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones can reach a milestone if he helps the team sweep the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. He's set to become only the second goalie in franchise history to win at least 20 postseason games, joining Evgeni Nabokov. Jones has been spectacular in the first-round series, which he started with a shutout, recording a 1.00 goals-against average and a .970 save percentage. He set a franchise postseason record for most saves in a regulation contest with 45 in Monday's Game 3. Jones is fast becoming something of a playoff specialist, as he carries a .930 save percentage in 35 postseason games so far. Among active goalies, only Washington's Braden Holtby (.932) has done better.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoNew Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider will return to the crease in Game 4 as the Devils look to even the series. By all accounts, Schneider has taken back the starter’s duties from Keith Kinkaid after stopping 34 of 36 shots in a Game 3 victory. The 5-2 victory was Schneider’s first win since Dec. 27 and could not have come at a better time for the Devils. Despite a sub-par regular season for Schneider, his numbers were better at home, posting a .911 save percentage in 22 starts. With that said, he would have to play closer to his .928 career playoff save percentage than he has all season long for the Devils to take another game in this series. Game 3 provided a glimpse at what Schneider can do when he's effective, but it is a risky bet to count on a repeat performance.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Amanda Stein
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2 years agoNew Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall scored a goal and two assists on Monday, leading the Devils to their first win of the series. The three points bring Hall’s total to five points after three games and put him among the league leaders early in the playoffs. Hall also put six shots on net for the second game in a row, giving him 17 shots this series, which is significantly more than the next closest player (11) from either team. The Devils are relying heavily on Hall, putting him on the ice for at least 20 minutes in every game of the series so far, and that is not likely to change. Hall is an elite DFS option for Wednesday night on his own, but he is not someone you should be looking to stack with a teammate in your lineup considering the limited production by his linemates.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller was hit in the face with a puck during Game 3, resulting in Miller needing 13 stitches. The injury happened at the end of the second period and Miller received the stitches during intermission, allowing him to return to the game inread more...

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