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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury showed some signs of slowing down in the second round series against San Jose, yet he also recorded two shutouts in six games. He's now got four shutouts in total in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs and that after playing just 10 games. Martin Brodeur's NHL record seven playoff shutouts from 2002-03 suddenly doesn't look unbeatable after all. Adding to that, The Flower is also saving shots at an incredible rate. Marty Turco in 2006-07 posted a .952 save percentage, which is the league record for single playoffs. Fleury currently sits right behind him with .951. Winnipeg might share the postseason goalscoring lead with Washington, but it won't be easy to get pucks past this guy in the Western Conference final.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has started only five games since April 22, the day after eliminating the New Jersey Devils from the playoffs. That is fewer games than any other starting goalie from the four teams that remain in the playoffs, and two fewer games thanread more...
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2 years agoThe Vegas Golden Knights have been waiting around for their opponent in the Western Conference finals and after Thursday night's Game 7, the Winnipeg Jets have moved on. Game 1 will take place on Saturday in Winnipeg. This one appears to favor the Jets, as their depth has proved to be a key factor, and it showed in their series against Nashville. Golden Knights general manager George McPhee told ESPN in March, "We don't have the elite players that other teams have. We thought that perhaps if our third and fourth lines were better than other clubs' third and fourth lines, that could be a way to even things out." This one will most likely come down to goaltending, as Marc Andre-Fleury and Connor Hellebyuck are both playing some of the best hockey of their careers. After Round 1, every playoff game has been keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Look for another great series starting Saturday between an underdog and elite squad.--Anthony VattimoSource: ESPN
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2 years agoBoston Bruins captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara revealed that he suffered a fractured right index finger in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs. The 41-year-old scored in the very next game, and dealt with the injury for nine games thereafter. The timeline for Chara’s recovery is six weeks, and hopefully he will not require surgery. Even into his 40s, Chara remains a leader in time on ice for this Bruins team. His offensive totals have regressed in the last few seasons, but Chara is still a serviceable fantasy asset in the late rounds of redraft leagues.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Joe McDonald on Twitter
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2 years agoNashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban scored a goal but his team came up short in a 5-1 loss in Game 7 on Thursday. The tally (Subban's fourth power play goal of the series) put the Preds on the board to make the game 2-1 but the Preds couldn't seem to build on the momentum. Subban finished the series with an impressive four goals and two assists but struggled to contain the Jets' ultra talented forward group, posting a minus six rating while playing a huge number of minutes each game. While his team's early departure will surely sting, Subban individually put together arguable one of the best seasons of his career and will look to have his name announced as the potential Norris trophy winner later this summer as the league's top defenseman.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne got the hook once again in Game 7 on Thursday night as the Jets officially eliminated the Preds from Stanley Cup contention. Rinne had a disastrous first half of the first period, allowing two questionable goals on just seven shots against before head coach Peter Laviolette turned to backup goaltender Juuse Saros. The Vezina candidate ends his postseason having been pulled in an astonishing three of his team's 13 playoff games while posting a 3.07 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Rinne had a difficult time finding any kind of consistency this spring and certainly will bear some of the blame for his team's early exit. The Finnish native will turn 36 next season and will look to put this playoff performance behind him.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward David Backes (concussion) was forced from Game 5 after taking a crushing hit from Tampa Bay Lightning winger J.T. Miller. Now it has come out that Backes is still feeling the effects of that hit. This may prove to be a cause for concern, as Backes has a history of concussions, including one during his first season with the Bruins suffered at the hands of then Buffalo Sabres forward Will Carrier. Backes has five months to recover before the start of next season, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough time. Players tend to take longer to recover from each successive concussion.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Amalie Benjamin on Twitter
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2 years agoIn the days after their elimination, the Boston Bruins announced defenseman Torey Krug suffered a fractured ankle in Game 4 of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The expected recovery time for Krug, who will not need surgery, is two months. He will be ready for the Bruins training camp come the fall, and should be a reliable fantasy option in redraft leagues. The 27-year-old set a career high with 59 points this season, tying his career high of 14 goals. At the time of his injury, Krug led all defensemen in postseason scoring with 12 points.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Amalie Benjamin on Twitter
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2 years agoNashville Predators center Colton Sissons has yet to produce a single point through six games of the Western Conference semifinals. Sissons, who is not typically relied on for his scoring, was the Preds leading scorer through Round 1, posting an impressive seven points in six games. While Sissons is counted on more for shutting down the opponent's top forwards, the 24-year-old's minus-five rating in the series is an indicator that he has struggled in his own zone as well. The Preds will look to Sissons for productivity on both ends of the ice as the team heads back to Nashville for the decisive Game 7 on Thursday night.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators center Ryan Johansen added a pair of assists in a crucial Game 6 win against the Jets on Monday. The assists extended his point streak to five games, and the crafty playmaker has now found the score sheet in all but three of his team's games this postseason. Johansen, coming off a lower than expected 54-point season, has returned to his standard scoring ways in the playoffs with 13 points (five goals and eight assists) in 12 games. The British Columbia native will be looking to extend his point streak another game as the Preds look to take the series in Game 7 at home on Thursday night.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson stepped up and helped carry his team to victory in a massive 4-0 Game 6 win on Monday night. Arvidsson opened the scoring just 1:02 into the game and later added another goal and assist to ensure his team would advance to Game 7 on Thursday. Arvidsson has scored in just two of the six games in the series but has still managed to produce six points (three goals and three assists). The Preds could sure use another big night from Arvidsson on Thursday as the team looks to punch its ticket to the Western Conference Finals.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators center Mike Fisher exited Game 6 with an injury in the first period and did not return as the Predators went on to close out the game 4-0. Fisher skated for just 2:58 of ice time and while the Preds did not have an injury update following the game, the fourth-line center will have until Thursday's Game 7 to recover. Despite contributing just one goal in 12 games this postseason, the Preds rely on their former captain to play a strong checking game and provide the team with high-energy minutes. We should find out more about Fisher's potential status as we get closer to Thursday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Adam Vingan
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2 years agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, after getting pulled in Game 5, rebounded by stopping all 28 shots he faced in Game 6 on Monday. The win moved Rinne to a perfect 5-0 in games following a loss during these playoffs. While Rinne's 2.94 goals-against average and .907 save percentage display that he surely has not been at his best so far this spring, the Finnish native's ability to bounce back in critical games is one of the reasons his team still stands. As Rinne and the Preds return home to Nashville for Game 7 on Thursday, the team will be looking for some more consistency from their long-tenured starting netminder.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg ensured his team would be headed home for a Game 7 matchup on Thursday with a sterling performance in Game 6 on Monday night. Forsberg potted two goals, including a ridiculous between-the-legs finish, and added an assist on the night. Easily the most notable player on the ice, the 23-year-old Swede also finished the night with a plus-four rating, five shots on goal, two blocks and one takeaway. Forsberg will enter the winner-take-all game on Thursday with a remarkable 15 points (seven goals and eight assists) in just 12 playoffs games. The Preds will be looking for a repeat performance out of their top left winger.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller extended his point streak to three games with a goal in Game 5 against Boston. Miller's second-period power-play goal ended up being the game-winning goal and continued the momentum that he and Tampa Bay's top line have started to pick up. After being held scoreless in the first two games of the series, Miller registered points in the final three, including two power-play points. Miller has a knack for getting involved when his line starts to score, so if linemates Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov start to get hot, he will be a valuable DFS play.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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