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2 years agoWith two points to this point in the Stanley Cup Final, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has retaken the defensive scoring lead from the idle Dustin Byfuglien. The 28-year-old pending UFA now has 18 points in 22 postseason games. His four goals are one off his career-best set in 2015-16, but his 14 assists are far and away his most in a postseason. Along with an assist in Game 3, Carlson posted a game-high six shots and also led both teams with four blocks. He’s a beast on the back end, and should be a lock for your DFS start.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoWashington Capitals center Lars Eller was the only Caps forward to eclipse 20:00 TOI in the Game 3 victory. Eller was tapped to fill in for Evgeny Kuznetsov, when he was forced from Game 2, and would have been again if he were to miss Game 3. Unfortunately for him, that didn’t happen, but it obviously didn’t hurt his ice time. His usage strongly suggests coach Barry Trotz trusts him in all situations and isn’t afraid to deploy him. This speaks well for the Dane, who has three points in the Stanley Cup Final, and an impressive 15 points in his last 15 games. He’s a quiet contributor, and is worth a start for secondary scoring.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly was very involved in Game 3 Saturday. Chandler Stephenson put a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury to put the Caps ahead, but the goals was called back because Smith-Pelly ran into Fleury in an attempt to provide a screen. In the second period, the Caps would legally take the lead, and in the third period Smith-Pelly redeemed himself, taking a pass from Jay Beagle and beating Fleury glove-side. The insurance marker was his fifth of the postseason, and while Smith-Pelly has scored some big goals these playoffs, that doesn’t necessarily assure his value in DFS formats.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoWashington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov left Game 2 in the first period, and was deemed a game-time decision for Game 3. Owners should have known his outlook was slightly promising, given that Kuznetsov was a participant in the Caps’ optional practice, and those that started him for Game 3 reaped the benefits. Kuznetsov had an assist on Alex Ovechkin’s goal and scored the game-winner later in the second period. The 26-year-old showed no ill-effects of the hit that forced him from Game 2, flapping his wings as usual in celebration of his tally in Game 3. Kuznetsov has been a beast this postseason, and managed to insure his position as the top scorer of these playoffs Saturday. He’s a no-brainer start if healthy.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored the opening goal in Game 3 early in the second period. The goal was his team leading 14th of the postseason, which also puts him in a tie with the idle Mark Scheifele for the league lead. Washington had a flurry of chances on the play; Ovechkin corralled a rebound and put a backhand shot past a stretching Marc-Andre Fleury. His second goal in as many games also marks a point in each of the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final. His four-game streak extends back to Game 7 of the ECF, in which Ovi also scored the game’s opening goal. Ovechkin is showing he has come to play in his first SCF series; give him the start at any price point.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had only 23 saves and recorded a .885 save percentage in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Washington on Saturday to lose back-to-back starts for only the fourth time this season. He last went consecutive starts without posting a win in March. Fleury has struggled in the series so far, allowing at least three goals in every game and recording a .875 save percentage. However, it's been well over 12 months since the last time he lost three in a row, so based on that, things should work out better for him and the team in Game 4 on Monday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek has turned out to be a surprising leading goalscorer for the team in the Stanley Cup Finals against Washington. The 25-year-old fourth liner potted his third goal in the series on Saturday in a 3-1 losing effort. Nosek turned out to be one of only six Vegas forwards who managed to hit the net in Game 3, recording two shots on goal. He had three shots in Game 1, which resulted in two goals as the Knights started the matchup off with a 6-4 win. The former Red Wing has picked up five of his six postseason points in the last five games, so he's worth a look in DFS competitions as an under-the-radar pick.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby was shelled for five goals on 33 shots in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. He responded well in Game 2, stopping 37 of 39 shots faced. Holtby allowed a power play goal late in the second period, but otherwise was solid, making 10 saves as the Caps were shorthanded five times. Through two games, the Golden Knights have registered 73 shots and on top of that, the Caps have 36 blocks. Holtby will need to stay sharp to hold off the Vegas onslaught as they return to Washington, where the Caps are only 4-5 this postseason. Holtby’s most recent home game of course was a shutout victory in Game 6 of the ECF.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky logged the secondary assist on both the Caps’ even strength goals in their Game 2 victory over the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Despite only having points in three games this postseason, Wednesday marked Burakovsky’s second multi-point outing; he scored twice in Game 7 of the ECF. Now riding a three-game point streak, the 23-year-old has three assists through two games of the Stanley Cup Final. He’s looked good so far in this series, but his ice time is limited. His five points during this point streak are his only of the postseason.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals center Lars Eller was in on all three of the Caps’ goals in the 3-2 Game 2 win on Wednesday. With Evgeny Kuznetsov’s early exit from the game, Eller was called upon to step up and help fill the role of top-six forward. Needless to say, Eller responded very well, scoring the Caps’ first and registering the primary assist on their second and third goals. Eller hadn’t scored since Game 2 of the ECF, but finished that series with seven points in as many games. Even since his relegation to the third line as a result of Nicklas Backstrom’s return, Eller has been a solid contributor for the Caps. If Kuznetsov is forced to miss any time, Eller’s stock goes up. You may want to give him some run anyway, as he should be a less expensive DFS play.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoWashington Capitals standout Evgeny Kuznetsov was forced from Game 2 after receiving a hit from Vegas’ Brayden McNabb. Kuznetsov did not return, and after the game was listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. His absence from the lineup will surely be felt by the Caps, as he has been their leading scorer to this point in the postseason. Logging only 4:26 TOI, Kuznetsov saw his 11-game point streak snapped, a streak that began back in round two. Kuznetsov did take part in the team’s optional practice yesterday, which is surely a positive note, though he is not yet all clear. He will likely be a game-time decision Saturday.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Isabelle Kurshudyan on Twitter
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing David Perron, who was promoted to the second line for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Washington, is expected to keep his place for Saturday's Game 3. Perron has skated on the second line for most of the season and he had a great time there alongside James Neal and Erik Haula as he posted new career-highs with 50 assists and 66 points during the regular season, but he was exclusively used on the third line up to this point in the playoffs after he missed the start of the postseason. Perron has been a bit cold lately, registering only one point in the last five games, but playing with more talented players gives him a nice fantasy boost. Meanwhile, Alex Tuch, who started the playoffs alongside Neal and Haula, loses value with the relegation to the third line.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Steve Carp
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2 years agoOn Wednesday night, the Vegas Golden Knights were bested on their home ice 3-2 by the Washington Capitals. They jumped out to an early lead with James Neal scoring on the high glove side, but it was downhill from there. Lars Eller came to play, finding a goal and two assists, contributing to every goal. Braden Holtby made 37 saves on 39 shots and saved the game by making the potential save of the year, robbing Alex Tuch late in the third period. Through two games, this series has been very physical, and it doesn't look like that'll change. Evgeny Kuznetsov exited the game and didn't return after a devastating hip check by Brayden McNabb. The Stanley Cup Finals will be a tight one and will continue to be exciting to watch.--Anthony VattimoSource: DK Live
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2 years agoVancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning announced that they have signed 18-year-old goaltender Michael DiPietro to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Ontario native spent three seasons with the OHL team, the Windsor Spitfires, and put up a 29-21-3-1 record with a 2.79 goals-against average. He recently set the single-season record for the Spitfires with seven shutouts. He was drafted in the third round at 64th overall in the 2017 entry draft.--Anthony VattimoSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoOttawa Senators forward Magnus Paajarvi re-signed with the Senators on a one-year deal worth $900,000. Paajarvi was picked up off waivers last season and proved to be a solid bottom-six addition with six goals and two assists in 35 games. While Paajarvi has been a disappointment for most of his career after being drafted 10th overall in 2009, he will look to provide some offensive upside for a Senators team desperately in need of forward depth after trading Nick Shore and Derick Brassard. He does not hold any fantasy value.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Bruce Garrioch on Twitter

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