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2 years agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne put a less-than-stellar Game 1 performance in his rear-view mirror on Sunday, stopping 46 of 50 shots against in a double-overtime victory to even the series. Rinne turned aside all 14 shots sent his way in overtime, giving Kevin Fiala the opportunity to bury the game-winning goal 5:37 into the the second extra frame. The vezina candidate will look to build off this performance as the series turns to Winnepeg for Game 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoThe 2018 Draft Lottery happened on Saturday, with the Buffalo Sabres retaining their first overall selection in the draft. The top defensive prospect of the 2018 NHL Draft class, Rasmus Dahlin is the unanimous top choice of the draft, pretty much guaranteeing that the Sabres will land him in the draft. With many comparisons to Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman and with Buffalo not really having much to talk about on their blueline except Rasmus Ristolainen, Dahlin may see second or even first pair time along with second power play time on the Sabres blue-line. He should be owned in every dynasty league and will be an interesting sleeper pick in fantasy hockey leagues next season.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Kathryn Tappen on Twitter
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2 years agoBoston Bruins center David Krejci did not take part in practice Sunday due to a minor injury. Coach Bruce Cassidy still expects Krejci will be good to go for Game 2, however. Cassidy’s confidence in Krejci’s ability to return without missing game action will be a relief for owners looking to start him in DFS. Krejci has been an excellent source of secondary scoring for the Bruins, logging eight points in the first round, and adding an assist in Game 1 against Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old center has five assists in his last three games and should be a reliable start, likely at a lesser price than Boston’s top line. Keep an eye out for further updates, but with Cassidy’s initial report, no news should be good news.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Amalie Benjamin on Twitter
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev scored a power-play goal in the 6-2 game 1 loss to the Boston Bruins. The goal was only the third point this postseason for Sergachev, but it was his second goal in as many games. Sergachev remains the lone defenseman on Tampa Bay's second power-play unit, so he will continue to get scoring opportunities. His increased production has come along with his two highest time-on-ice totals for the playoffs, capped by 16:56 minutes in game 1 against Boston. Sergachev will be an under the radar, slightly risky, option in DFS that could pay off handsomely as his playing time increases.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat did not practice with the team on Sunday. According to the team, it was a "body-maintenance day" and Palat should be good to go for game 2. After a strong start to the playoffs, Palat has struggled recently, failing to score a point in his last four games. Adding to that, Palat failed to score a point in all three regular-season meetings with the Bruins this year. Although he is expected to play in game 2, Palat is not a favorable option in daily formats.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Bryan Burns
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point was held out of practice on Sunday for a "body-maintenance day" per coach Jon Cooper. Point was on the receiving end of a hard cross-check from Bruins forward Brad Marchand, but did not miss anytime and likely will not miss anything more than Sunday's practice. Despite registering an assist in game 1, Point had a disappointing outing as he did not have a shot on goal and finished with a minus-five plus/minus rating. With only one point in his last four games, Point is best avoided in DFS for the time being.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Caley Chelios
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2 years agoOn Saturday night, the San Jose Sharks beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in double overtime. William Karlsson came out hot for the Golden Knights, putting two past Martin Jones for the first two goals of the game. Their lead didn't last long, though, as Brent Burns and Logan Couture combined to light the lamp four times throughout the rest of the night. The difference maker of the night was Joe Pavelski, winning two faceoffs in the offensive zone that lead to Burns' two goals. This was a huge win for the Sharks, as they travel back to the SAP Center Monday night with the series tied 1-1.--Anthony VattimoSource: DK Live
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will look to rebound after allowing three goals on 25 shots in Game 1's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps lost their first two home games to Columbus in the first round but managed to win four in a row to take the series, including three road games. Holtby was phenomenal in the first round with a .932 save percentage and 1.92 goals against average, but history has not been kind to him when facing the Penguins. The Caps can't count on coming back from a 2-0 deficit every series and will need to get the win this afternoon at home.--Barry MilesSource: Brian McNally
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt had his best offensive game of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs on Saturday night, as he finished a 4-3 loss to San Jose with two points. His third-period goal took the game to overtime and he recorded the helpers with Colin Miller on William Karlsson's first goal of the game. Schmidt had just one point in the playoffs before Game 2 against the Sharks, so he's not a very reliable option offensively. However, he leads the team in ice time and gets a bit of power play time, so he's a decent DFS selection.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson was carrying his magic stick again on Saturday night, as he scored twice on just three shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to San Jose. His goals made it 2-0 Vegas, but they simply couldn't hang on to the victory, as Brent Burns carried the Sharks back into the game. Karlsson now sits on a four-game point streak, collecting seven points in total. He was actually pointless in the playoffs before that run, so things have started to fall for him again.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks center Logan Couture scored half of the team's goals, including the game-winner in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against Vegas. He made it 2-2 in the middle of the second frame and potted a power-play goal later on with 5:13 played in the second overtime. Couture ended a brief two-game point drought with that performance. He started the postseason in great form, getting five points in the first three games against Anaheim, but he failed to add anything since. But he's up and running again now and he'll remain a key figure for the Sharks.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns exploded in Game 2 against Vegas, recording a three-point night with two goals and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. He logged 36:48 and registered six shots in total with two blocks. There have been some reports of Burns playing injured, but he sure looked healthy Saturday night. It was his third three-point night in the playoffs overall since joining San Jose in 2011-12. He is the only defenseman in franchise history to have three such outings and the only Sharks d-man to post two-goal games on multiple occasions.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoBoston Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk has been Boston’s most pleasant surprise as he continues his successful first trip to the postseason. DeBrusk scored an empty-net goal in Boston’s 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, and in doing so kept his point streak alive. DeBrusk now has points in five straight contests, and goals in three straight. Now with six, the rookie leads the Bruins in goals, notching four in his last three games. Before this game, his 45.5% shooting percentage was unbelievably high. With a goal on two shots on Saturday, he actually improved it to 46.2%. Jake DeBrusk is proving to be a great DFS start, as he has registered a point in all but one of his first eight playoff games.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward David Pastrnak assumed the role of setup man in Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 21-year-old tallied four assists on six goals as Boston stole the first game of the series. Perhaps his best of the game came in the opening minute of the middle frame; Pastrnak sold shot to Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy before firing a pass through traffic to linemate Patrice Bergeron for the marker. Pastrnak came into the game leading the team in assists, and tied for the team lead in goals. He has been Boston’s most dangerous weapon and now has 17 points through eight games. He remains a no-brainer start for DFS; owners will hope that Boston’s top line continues to pour on the pressure.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins winger Brad Marchand had quite a game to start the series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Marchand scored a goal and added three assists in the 6-2 win on Saturday. The Halifax native also had a goal called back midway through the game because of a penalty call on David Pastrnak. Marchand got an assist on Patrice Bergeron’s first goal in the second frame, but otherwise did all his damage in the third. He tipped in a Charlie McAvoy point shot 3:32 into the frame, and notched the primary assist on both of Boston’s remaining goals in the period. Boston’s top line came out hot in this series, just as they did in the first round. Marchand is a must start for DFS, with 13 points through eight games.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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