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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon doubled his postseason points tally in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Vegas, registering assists on the first two goals of the game. He finished with a plus-three rating, one shot on goal, one block and 10 penalty minutes. Dillon has had only three shots on goal throughout the playoffs, so don't expect him to light the lamp, but he's been recording assists quite regularly since the start of March to greatly improve his fantasy value.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks center Logan Couture factored in half of the goals in the team's 4-0 win over Vegas on Wednesday, finishing with two assists. The leading scorer of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs is having a bizarre postseason run this time around, as he either records a multi-point game or finishes without any. Wednesday's effort was only his fourth game of the playoffs with any points. He's got four goals and nine points in total to his name. Couture has also been very trigger-happy in the series against the Knights, averaging over five shots per game, so he's a decent DFS selection even if he ends up without any points.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski finished off the scoring in Wednesday's 4-0 Game 4 victory over Vegas, netting his second postseason goal of the year. The Sharks captain started the playoffs in hot form, bagging five points in the first three games, but it's been a bit of a struggle since then with only three points in five games. Pavelski probably can't wait until Joe Thornton returns, as his line will then get a bit less attention. Jumbo Joe was rated as a game-time decision ahead of Wednesday's tilt, so his comeback could be very close.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl was at it again in Game 4 against Vegas on Wednesday, scoring for a second consecutive game and getting his fifth goal of the playoffs overall. You could say that Hertl is currently playing the best hockey of his career, as he's failed to register any points just once in eight playoff outings so far. He's got seven points in total with 26 shots on goal, so he's been one of the best DFS forwards during the postseason. The Golden Knights have their hands full trying to stop him and his line that features Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker, who both collected assists on Wednesday's goal.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi, who missed Game 3 of the second-round series against Vegas with a lower-body injury, was back in the lineup in Game 4, scoring the team's second goal in a 4-0 win. It's his first point of the series and actually just the second time he's managed to collect any points during this year's playoff run. Donskoi has been in the top six, but Wednesday night ended with only 11:12 of ice time for him. He's a capable scorer, but his minutes have been drying up in the series and the form overall hasn't really been good in the playoffs.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks right wing Marcus Sorensen is close to matching his regular season tally in the playoffs after scoring his fourth postseason goal on Wednesday against Vegas. He opened the scoring with a few minutes left in the opening frame, ending up with the game-winning goal in a 4-0 result. Sorensen, who averages just over 10 minutes of ice time, scored five goals in 32 regular season games, so he's made a huge improvement in his production. After rarely getting close to 10 minutes per night in the opening round, Sorensen has so far played 10-plus in every outing against the Knights. He's a dirt-cheap DFS play who has provided solid depth scoring throughout the playoffs.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones returned to form Wednesday night in Game 4 against the Golden Knights, posting his second postseason shutout of the year. He's now tied with Pittsburgh's Matt Murray for most shutouts since the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs (six). Jones' play was a big worry for San Jose heading into Game 4, as he had allowed 12 goals in the first three games, but he found the perfect way to answer the poor run, stopping 34 pucks. He'll head to Game 5 on Friday one shutout short of Evgeni Nabokov's franchise record (seven).--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman produced two assists in the 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. After not scoring a single point in the entire five-game series against the New Jersey Devils, Hedman has now logged four points in three games against the Boston Bruins, with all four points being assists. Considering Hedman scored 63 points in 77 games in the regular season, these points will continue to come as the playoffs start to get more intense. He now has four points in eight games and will be a very strong add on defense in DFS formats for Game 4.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves on 29 shots for a .966 save percentage in the 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Vasilevskiy only allowed one power-play goal to Patrice Bergeron and kept the puck out of the net for all of the even-strength play. After two not-so-great starts from Vasilevskiy against the Bruins with a .900 and .783 save percentage, respectively, this is now his first start where he truly performed like expected. The Lightning defense has done a good job at shutting down the Bruins top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and will stand a solid chance at winning the series if they can continue to do so. Vasilevskiy will be a solid start in Game 4 as the Lightning visit the Bruins again.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan is expected to play in his first career postseason game on Wednesday against Vegas, with Paul Martin dropping out of the lineup. Ryan, who turns 25 next month, had a decent rookie year this season, collecting 12 points in 63 regular season games with 79 shots on goal and a plus-13 rating while averaging 16:45 on the ice. He could be a sneaky DFS play in Game 4 against the Knights. The former seventh-round pick had a great postseason campaign a year ago in the Calder Cup playoffs, notching 11 points in 15 games.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Kevin Kurz
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2 years agoNashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban found the back of the net once and added an assist in Tuesday's Game 3 loss in Winnipeg. Subban, with his second power-play tally in the past two games, was again able to beat Connor Hellebuyck from long distance in the first period. Despite also helping set up the Preds goal that tied the game at 4-4, Subban's offensive production simply wasn't enough, as the Norris candidate finished the night with a minus-two rating. The Toronto native will look to help improve his team's defensive zone struggles as the Preds will take on the Jets for Game 4 on Thursday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators center Ryan Johansen registered a pair of assists in Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Jets. Both of his helpers came on the power play but ultimately weren't enough to hold off a fierce Jets comeback. Despite the loss, Johansen's performance marked his second straight multi-point game, raising his total playoff stat line to five goals, six assists, four power-play points and 43 shots on goal in nine games. The Predators will face their most critical postseason game thus far in Game 4 on Thursday. Looking to even the series up at two, the team will surely rely on Johansen to continue producing.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoNashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 38 of the 43 shots fired his way on Tuesday night as his team fell to the Jets 7-4 in Game 3. The Vezina candidate posted some of the finest numbers of his career over the regular season with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. However, Rinne has had a rough showing this spring, as his goals-against average have ballooned up to 3.08 to go along with a .901 save percentage. The Predators will need Rinne to return back to his regular season form in order to get past such a strong Jets team. The 35-year-old netminder will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Thursday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point led the offensive efforts in a 4-2 victory over the Bruins. Point had a hand in all four of Tampa Bay's goals, scoring a goal and three assists. The four points double his total for the playoffs and represent his biggest offensive output since Game 2 of the first round. While his production in Game 2 is certainly promising, he has proven to be a streaky player. Point is a becoming a boom-or-bust option in DFS who looks appealing in a stack with either of his linemates, Ondrej Palat or Tyler Johnson.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoWinnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck posted 36 saves on 41 shots in the double-overtime loss against the Nashville Predators in Game 2. After stopping 47 shots to completely stonewall the Predators offense in Game 1, they finally figured out Hellebuyck. Getting traffic in front of the net and not letting Hellebuyck get eyes on the puck was the key factor in Game 2, and it could have been much worse for the Jets netminder. The defensemen alone had 18 blocked shots and the team blocked 30 shots altogether. Hellebuyck's numbers on paper might seem unfavorable, but there is no need to blame him for the night, as the game was close and the Predators inched out a better performance. Game 3 will be another hard-fought battle, but Hellebuyck has been stellar at home this postseason, winning all three games and posting a .955 save percentage and two shutouts. He should be the difference maker Tuesday and is a great pickup in DFS leagues.--aayushdasSource: Nhl.com

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