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2 years agoBoston Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk was held off the score sheet in Friday’s overtime loss to Tampa Bay, and that now marks three consecutive contests without a point. DeBrusk scored the empty-netter in Game 1 of this second round, extending his goal streak to three games, but otherwise hasn’t found a way to factor into Boston’s offense against the Lightning. DeBrusk’s five goals on 11 shots in the first round was an absurdly high shooting percentage, and we've seen a more earthly 16.7 percent to this point in the second round. Game 5 on Sunday is do-or-die for Boston, and in that contest DeBrusk is not a must-start.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins winger Brad Marchand logged a pair of assists -- one on the power play and one short-handed -- in Friday’s Game 4 loss to Tampa Bay. This marks Marchand’s third multi-point outing through four games and totals eight points in this series. A pointless Game 3 is looking like the anomaly, as he has factored into much of Boston’s scoring otherwise. Marchand had a strong series in the first round but looks to have found another gear in Round 2, nearly matching his production from Round 1 in three fewer games. The 29-year-old is a strong DFS option for Game 5 on Sunday.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was having a great game on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning but was forced to head to the locker room early after he took a spill into the boards. Krug was battling for positioning on the puck when he lost his footing and slid hard, feet first, into the end boards in Boston’s defensive zone. Krug did get up on his own accord and finish the play, but he moved gingerly to the bench and headed straight to the locker room thereafter. The 27-year-old had two power-play assists in the game before his departure, giving him 12 this postseason and a two-point lead on any other defenseman. If he were to miss time, it would be a huge blow to Boston’s back end. Keep an eye on this situation. Krug is a must-start if healthy.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins winger David Pastrnak finally found the back of the net against the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the winger has points in all four games of the series, it took him until Game 4 Friday night to pot a goal of his own. On a Bruins power play, Pastrnak tracked down a high rebound from Torey Krug’s point shot and slapped it home just as the puck met the ice. Now with 20 points in these playoffs, Pastrnak sits alone in second among all scorers, trailing Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel by just a point. Pastrnak looks to have found some consistency in this second round, and is a good DFS option for a do-or-die Game 5 for the Bruins.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron scored twice in a losing effort in Game 4 of their second-round series. The goals mark three in his last two games and six in his last five. Bergeron has points in all four games of this series, as the top line has been contributing consistently. Bergeron’s first goal on Friday was the result of a great give-and-go play with defenseman Torey Krug and drew the Bruins level at 2-2 with the power-play conversion. Bergeron would nudge the score in Boston’s favor, re-directing a perfect pass from linemate Brad Marchand while short-handed early in the third period. There were some pointless games for Bergeron early in the postseason, but he has come alive in this series and should be a DFS start for you in Game 5.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored an empty-net goal at the end of Game 3, giving him his second goal of the playoffs. It was also his first point in this series against the Bruins, which should raise concerns for anyone looking at Stamkos as a DFS option. In the first round, Stamkos registered an assist in every game, which sufficiently offset his lack of goal scoring, but he is having a harder time producing in the second round. Stamkos has yet to register at least 18 minutes of ice time through three games against Boston, which is a slight step down in usage for the top-line center and could be tied to his diminished production. Tampa Bay has to be hoping that the empty-net goal will jump start Stamkos and the first line, but until they show that they can produce against Boston, it is safer to look elsewhere to fill out your lineup.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat scored two goals in the Game 3 victory over Boston, netting his second straight game-winning goal in this series. The pair of goals gives him four points in three games against the Bruins, which doubles his total for this postseason. Palat hasread more...
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2 years agoBoston Bruins winger Rick Nash logged an assist on the Bruins lone goal on Wednesday, and did it as he was falling to the ice. Nash was struggling for position with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi right outside Andrei Vasilevskiy’s crease and kept the puck alive in the slot, where David Pastrnak was able to center it for Patrice Bergeron for the goal. This kind of strong net-front presence is exactly what the Bruins had in mind when acquiring the 6-foot-4, 220-pound power forward at the deadline. Nash’s offensive exploits are modest on paper, as he has four points in 10 games this postseason, but three of the four came on Bruins power plays. Nash, with 35 shots (11 this series) also only trails Bergeron by one shot on goal for the team lead. Boston’s power play (34.6 percent) is the best in the playoffs to this point. If you’re in need of special teams players, keep an eye on Nash.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: FOX Sports
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will start Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. There are no surprises here, as Holtby has won his last two starts against the reigning Stanley Cup champions with a .927 save percentage. There's no shortage of storylines in this series, the most obvious one being the Caps recent playoff failures all coming at the hands of the Pens, so getting a 3-1 series lead Thursday would go a long way towards getting into the Conference Finals. While the 28-year-old had the worst regular season numbers of his career, his peripherals in the postseason are astounding as usual. Hopefully, this is the year they actually translate into success.--Barry MilesSource: Isabelle Khurshudyan
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson has two goals and five points in his last five games since being promoted to a line with Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. The 24-year-old finished his first full season in the NHL with 18 points in 67 games in a bottom-six role but has found a new gear in the postseason, no doubt a result of having better linemates. Stephenson still isn't featured on any power-play unit and will have limited production long term as a result, but it's getting harder to ignore the Saskatoon native and his low price in daily games.--Barry MilesSource: NHL
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly will replace the suspended Tom Wilson on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov ahead of Thursday night's Game 4 matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Smith-Pelly finished his first season as a Capital with 16 points in 75 games and currently sits at three points in nine postseason games. The 25-year-old had some looks on the top line during the regular season but never managed to hold onto it -- this move is more out of necessity than experimentation. Wilson will be out for three games and if Smith-Pelly can hold his place, he provides great potential for his low price.--Barry MilesSource: Isabelle Khurshudyan
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2 years agoBoston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron found the back of the net on a first-period power play to put the Bruins on the board in Game 3. His was the only goal Boston could score on Wednesday, losing 4-1 at home and giving Tampa Bay a lead in the series. Bergeron didn’t score a single goal in his first five postseason games, but since has four goals in his last four games. The 32-year-old has eight points on his current four-game streak and 13 in nine games total. Bergeron also leads the Bruins in shots on goal with 36, narrowly edging Rick Nash, who has 35. The two-way pivot is proving to be a valuable DFS asset, and it certainly helps that he is finding ways to score. Start him as you usually would.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask allowed two goals on Tampa Bay’s first five shots in Wednesday’s Game 3 loss, including a goal on the Lightning’s first shot of the game. Rask was able to right the ship, finishing the game making 33 saves on 36 shots, including seven saves while Boston was short-handed. Despite his better play as the game progressed, the game was evidently too far gone, as the Bruins mustered just a single goal in response. Tampa Bay looks to be finding a foothold in the series, which could spell trouble for Rask’s value in DFS. The loss was just his second at TD Garden this postseason and it should fuel the fire for Boston to come out strong in Game 4. However, Rask’s stats in the playoffs have lacked the consistency one would need to feel confident in starting him every game.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith was finally kept at bay by San Jose in Game 4 of the second-round series, with the whole team neutralized in a 4-0 loss. It's only the second time in this year's playoffs that Smith has finished a game without any points. He went into Wednesday's tilt with a six-game points streak, managing a total of nine points during the run. Smith has failed to pick up points in consecutive games just once since the start of March, so the chances look good that he will get something in Friday's Game 5.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal was firing at will Wednesday night against the Sharks, finishing with a game-high seven shots on goal, which is his second highest mark in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. He had 11 shot in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Kings. Neal has played only eight postseason games so far, but he's still tied for third place in shots on goal with 36 efforts. He's only scored twice so far, which leaves his shooting percentage at an ugly 5.6 percent, but it should improve, as he's a 12.1 percent career shooter.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN

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