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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Tatar was back in the lineup for the first time since May 2 on Monday, and he took full advantage of his opportunity as he opened the scoring in a 3-1 win. Tatar lined up on the third line, taking David Perron's place. Head coach Gerard Gallant noted after the game that Perron had not felt well ahead of the game. He should recover for Game 3, which is on Wednesday, and that will create a headache for Gallant. Perron has played very well all year long, while Tatar has struggled since arriving from Detroit midseason. Monday's outing was only his fifth postseason game of the year and the goal marks his first point. He's also recorded just six shots on goal, so Tatar hasn't got much fantasy appeal.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith is on his way to making history after collecting another pair of assists in Monday's Game 2 against the Jets. He's now got 13 assists in the playoffs, which ties the record for most assists by a player for a franchise in its first-ever postseason. With plenty of games still to go, he's got every chance to surpass the 13 helpers, which was first recorded by Igor Larionov in 1994 for the Sharks. Smith sits on a four-game point streak ahead of Game 3, managing a total of 14 points in 12 postseason games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault made sure in Game 2 against Winnipeg that the team wouldn't have to head back to Sin City with a two-game deficit. JAM scored twice in Monday's 3-1 win, extending his point streak to four games. He's got four goals during the run and a total of seven points. Marchessault also had a game-high eight shots on goal in Game 2. The former Panther has now recorded 15 points in 12 postseason games this year, averaging 4.2 shots per game. The start was a bit slow, but he's been almost unbeatable lately.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoOn Monday night, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in Game 2. Tomas Tatar found his way onto the roster and opened the game with a goal late in the first period. The other two came from Jonathan Marchessault, who fired eight shots on goal. This was a huge win for them as they now travel back to home for Games 3 and 4. Marc Andre-Fleury found his rhythm again, making 30 saves on 31 shots. There was plenty of potential for a shutout, but Kyle Connor snuck one by him on the short side during the third period. Look for the series to continue being close, as both teams are playing great hockey.--Anthony VattimoSource: DK Live
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the series in a Game 2 loss to Washington. He also picked up an assist, giving him three points in the series, and he has now figured into on all but one of Tampa Bay's goals through two games. After scoring only three goals through the first two rounds, it is encouraging to see Stamkos find his scoring touch after scoring in back-to-back games. Stamkos has the hot hand now and is averaging 1.08 points per game this postseason, making him a solid DFS option for Game 3 in Tampa Bay.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Steven Stamkos
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal and had two assists in Game 2, giving him five points early in this series. Kuznetsov now has 10 points in his last five playoff games, registering at least one point in each of those games. The consistent production coming from Kuznetsov has helped elevate Washington's top line and has come while Kuznetsov is getting less time on ice. After averaging 20:22 of time on ice in the second round, Kuznetsov is only averaging 17:05, which could help keep the young center fresh and dominant as the series continues.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed six goals on 37 shots in last night's 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, leaving the Bolts in a 2-0 hole going to Washington for Game 3. The Russian netminder had been having an excellent postseason before allowing a combined 10 goals in two games against the Caps, bringing his save percentage down to .912% in 12 postseason games this year. The Bolts will need Vasilevskiy at his best if they have any hopes of coming home with a tied series.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point scored a goal and an assist on the powerplay to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead in the first period of last night's Game 2 against the Washington Capitals. It wouldn't be enough, however, as the Caps would go on to score five unanswered goals to take a 2-0 series lead home for Game 3. Point now has 12 points in 12 games for the Lightning as he continues to carry the momentum from his breakout season into the playoffs. With a spot on the top powerplay unit and steady linemates, Point is a safe bet every night.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Tom Wilson potted his third goal and sixth assist of the postseason last night in a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to give him nine points in 11 postseason games this year. The 24-year-old bruiser was drafted in the first round of 2012 as a scoring power forward who can hit, and while he certainly has the second part down, we're finally seeing the scoring prowess the scouts expected from him. Wilson remains a threat to score as long as he's on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, and it will be interesting to see if 2018-19 is finally his breakout year.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Lars Eller potted his fifth goal and 11th point of the postseason in last night's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to give Washington a 2-0 series lead going home for Game 3. The Great Dane has thrived in an elevated role while filling in for injured center Nicklas Backstrom, taking his place on the second line and top powerplay unit. Eller already set new career highs in the regular season with 18 goals and 38 points and now looks to push his playoff numbers to new heights as well; he's two points shy of the 13 he set with Montreal in 2014.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoThe Winnipeg Jets came out hot against Vegas on Saturday night, with Dustin Byfuglien scoring early in the first period. Most of the scoring was done in the first, with goals from Patrik Laine and Joel Armia bringing the score to 3-0 only 10 minutes into the game. It looks like goalie Marc Andre-Fleury and the Knights may have met their makers, losing this game 4-2. The Jets are a force to be reckoned with this year, with Connor Hellybuyck in net posting a .926 save percentage and only allowing 2.23 goals-against average. Their first line (Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler) have now combined for 44 points this postseason. Look for them to keep rolling in the Western Conference finals.--Anthony VattimoSource: DK Live
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith has been among the best postseason performers so far this year and his momentum should continue in the Western Conference final against the Winnipeg Jets. He's so far averaged an assist per game in the playoffs, with a total of 11 points in 10 games, which has him sharing the team-lead with Jonathan Marchessault. Smith has failed to get any points in only two games and he generally doesn't go scoreless against Winnipeg either. The Jets are the only team against whom Smith is averaging at least a point per game in his career, with 11 in 11, including six goals. Look for him to continue putting points on the board throughout the series.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa isn't known for his offensive prowess, but he's very well capable of picking up some points here and there, and he generally does it against the Winnipeg Jets, who the Knights face next. Sbisa's eight career points are his second-best output against any opposition and they have come in only 14 games. He had two in two against Winnipeg during the regular season this year. Sbisa was out for multiple months before returning at the end of the second round series against San Jose. He averaged less than 16 minutes on the ice and failed to record any points, but it looks like he's set for a much more productive series in the Western Conference final.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights winger James Neal should be eager to start the Western Conference final against Winnipeg, as the Jets have turned out to be his favorite team to score against during his 10-year career in the NHL. The Jets are one of only three teams against whom Neal has averaged at least a point per game and the 19 goals against them are by far his best mark against any opposition. Neal hasn't been among the team's best scorers this season, but this could be his time to shine. He had a solid five points in six games during the second round series and the previous record shows that he could turn out to be the key player for Vegas in the series against the Jets.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing David Perron will be a guy to watch in the Western Conference final against Winnipeg, as he performed very well against them during the regular season. He had four points in two games against them, sitting out one meeting through injury. His career numbers against the Jets are solid as well, with seven goals and 14 points in 20 games. Perron has only been logging third line minutes in the playoffs thus far, but he's stayed productive with seven points in eight games. Five of the points have come during even strength play, so he's proved that he doesn't have to rely on power play time to get things done either.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN

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