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2 years agoWinnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal of the 2018 playoffs in Game 3 against the Nashville Predators. Byfuglien opened the scoring for the Jets on a 4-on-4 play by slipping one through the five-hole of Pekka Rinne after receiving a slick pass from Mark Scheifele. Byfuglien has been arguably the best checker in the postseason, laying out thunderous but clean hits that have changed the momentum of a game while being careful not to take bad penalties. But the most impressive part of his game is how he has been activating the offense from the blue line, as he can often be seen deep in the zone and sometimes even in front of the net. The 260-pound defenseman is a key factor in the offensive production of this Jets team, so expect him to continue making a splash in this series.--aayushdasSource: Nhl.com
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2 years agoWinnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele made quite an impression in Game 2, slipping two goals, including the game-tying goal, by Pekka Rinne as well as adding an assist in the opener. The first line in Winnipeg has come alive in this series against the Nashville Predators with eight points in two games after getting only 11 points in five games against the Minnesota Wild. Scheifele has found his scoring touch, leading the postseason with eight goals and even capitalizing on the power play, with three of his goals coming with the man advantage. Scheifele is crucial for the Jets and will have to keep his offense rolling if they hope to win Game 3 at home. Look for him to come out firing.--aayushdasSource: nhl.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron found Charlie McAvoy in the high slot for the Bruins opening goal in the first period of Monday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bergeron has four points in this second-round series and points in three straight games. The 32-year-old pivot also logged a team-high five shots on goal in Game 2, the fifth time in eight games he’s logged five or more shots. Tampa Bay played Boston’s top line much harder than they did in Game 1, but weren’t able to hold them off the score sheet altogether. Bergeron gets an uptick in outlook heading back to TD Garden in Boston, where he logged all eight of his first-round points. He should be a solid DFS start for Game 3 at home.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoWith a pair of assists, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand extended his point streak to three games, and for the first time this postseason found the score sheet in a losing effort. In Boston’s three losses prior to Monday, Marchand had no points and a minus-seven rating but still managed 11 shots on goal. Marchand was a minus-one on Monday, had only two shots but factored in on both of the Bruins goals. Adding on to a stellar Game 1 in this series, Marchand has six points in two games, matching his output in the first two games of Round 1. With 15 points, Marchand sits tied for third in playoff scoring and has been a consistent DFS asset. Continue to roll with Marchand in this series.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug scored in Monday’s Game 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The goal came late in regulation and drew the Bruins within one, but the comeback effort concluded there. With the goal, Krug separated himself from the idle Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson for the lead in points by defensemen across all teams. Krug has three goals, also tying him with San Jose Sharks blue liner Brent Burns for the league lead in that category to go along with seven assists. His 10 points matches his career-high postseason output of the 2013-14 season. He’s matched it in three fewer games and still has the opportunity to add more. Krug has been an excellent DFS player and should be started in Game 3 as the series shifts to TD Garden, where Krug tallied 59 percent of his 59 regular season points.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: FOX Sports
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2 years agoBoston Bruins rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy potted the first goal of his Stanley Cup playoff career. The 20-year-old had a single assist in the Bruins first-round series but already has three points in two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning. McAvoy was following up an offensive rush when he was fed a puck in the high slot from Patrice Bergeron. The defenseman beat Andrei Vasilevskiy blocker side to tie the game at one late in the first. McAvoy has six shots on goal, a plus-five rating and one power-play point to this point in the playoffs. Despite logging serious time on ice thus far, McAvoy doesn’t have much in the way of stats or peripherals to show for it. His DFS value is suspect, but he could be a sneaky start if he continues this streak against Tampa.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl, who finished the playoffs first round against Anaheim with a three-game goal streak, finally netted his first one of the second-round series against Vegas on Monday, taking the game to overtime with less than two minutes left in regulation. Hertl, who now has six points in seven games in the playoffs, also had four shots in the game. He's been one of San Jose's hottest forwards since the end of the regular season and with him failing to register a point only once so far during the postseason, it seems likely that he'll carry on his good form in Game 4 on Wednesday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane, who was suspended for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Vegas Golden Knights, returned to the lineup with a goal in Monday's Game 3. He netted the team's second goal and also had five shots in a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss. Kane shares the team lead with four postseason goals despite missing one game, while also averaging a team-high 4.8 shots per game. After being stuck on a couple of bad teams, Kane has enjoyed his first postseason campaign, picking up five points in six games. Expect a big contribution from him in Wednesday's Game 4.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Dylan DeMelo had to wait quite a bit to have an impact in the playoffs after finishing off the regular season in good form. It took him seven games before finally recording his first postseason point. DeMelo assisted the team's second goal in the 4-3 overtime loss to Vegas on Monday. DeMelo, who also recorded four shots in Game 3, had a bit of a breakout year this season, collecting 20 points in 63 games, with 12 of them coming since the start of March. He's a good puck-moving blue liner who gets a bit of power-play time, so keep an eye on him.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns collected his sixth postseason point in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to Vegas, picking up an assist on the team's second goal. He now has four points in the last two games, firing off nine shots. The Bearded One is finally giving some reasons to pay up for him in DFS formats. Burns could be set for a really big night with some massive minutes on Wednesday in Game 4, as the Sharks will be desperate to tie the series before the teams head back to Vegas.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Tatar was back in the lineup on Monday after sitting out four games as a healthy scratch. He played 12:57 in Game 3 against the Sharks, replacing Ryan Carpenter on the third line. The former Red Wing ended up recording just one shot on goal, even though he also got a bit of power-play time. It's a bizarre story with Tatar, as he's proven himself as a pretty good goal scorer in the league, recording multiple 20-goal seasons, but things simply don't seem to click in Sin City. He's got just four goals in 23 games so far, recording a total of six points.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights winger James Neal recorded his second multi-point game of the series against San Jose on Monday, finishing a 4-3 overtime win with two assists. He provided the primary assist on both the team's first and last goal. It was a huge game from him, as only William Karlsson played more minutes among the team's forwards. Neal now has four points in three games so far in the series, coming to life after being a bit quiet in the opening round against the Kings. He's also registered 12 shots on goal, so he's a pretty good DFS play.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith must be the less talked about first liner on the team, but he currently owns the longest point streak of the playoffs, stretching the run to six games Monday night with a goal and an assist. Smith scored his first postseason goal of the year in the second period, about a minute after assisting Jonathan Marchessault on a power-play goal. He finished the game with three shots and one block. Smith seems to be enjoying the occasion in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as the last time he played in the postseason, he had eight points in six games for the Panthers. He's got nine in seven so far this year.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights defenseman Colin Miller must be wishing that he could get to play the San Jose Sharks every night, as he's been very productive in the playoffs second-round series. Miller scored his second goal of the series in Monday's 4-3 overtime win, making it two goals and three points in the series so far. He didn't pick up a single point in the first-round matchup against the Kings. Miller got things started with a power-play goal in Game 3, tying the game at 1-1. He had two shots and two blocks overall, logging 19:33, with 4:56 coming on the man advantage. He seems like a solid DFS selection at the moment, as he'll be looking to stretch his point streak to four games on Wednesday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson made sure that the team wouldn't live to regret a late game-tying goal by the Sharks on Monday, scoring 8:17 into overtime to put the Knights up 2-1 in the series. Wild Bill scored a nice wrister moments after things had gotten a bit messy for the Knights in the defensive zone. He also picked up an assist on the team's third goal in the 4-3 win. Karlsson now sits on a five-game point streak, having done most of the damage in the series against San Jose. He's got three goals and seven points thus far ahead of Wednesday's Game 4.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN

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