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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin notched his sixth goal in seven postseason games along with an assist in last night's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins to start the second round matchup. The 32-year-old and his linemates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson were the only ones able to beat Pittsburgh goaltender Matt Murray as the Caps blew a 2-0 lead in the third period. Whether or not this is the series the Caps finally take from Pittsburgh, Ovechkin will always find his way onto the scoresheet.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Tom Wilson notched two assists in last night's 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Wilson has found himself on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov for most of the season but has been especially dominant in the postseason with two goals and five points in seven games. Despite not receiving any powerplay time, Wilson has a real opportunity to appear on the scoresheet every night he plays on the top line, as well as an affordable DFS option to complete your lineup.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the first game of their second round matchup. It was case of deja vu for Caps fans as they blew a 2-0 lead in the third period and never managed to come back from it. In Holtby's defense, all three of Pittsburgh goals were quite impressive, but the 28-year-old still finished the night with a .880 save percentage. It's anyone's guess if this is the year the Caps can finally take a series from the Pens, but last night's loss was a bad start.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones lasted less than 24 minutes in Game 1 against Vegas, allowing five goals on 13 shots before being pulled just minutes into the second period. Aaron Dell had a much better outing in relief, stopping 19 of 21 pucks. It was a very surprising drop in form from Jones, as he had been amazing in the first-round series against Anaheim, giving up just a total of four goals in the matchup. He'll be looking to bounce back in a big way on Saturday in Game 2. The team certainly needs a lot more from him.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forwards James Neal, Erik Haula and Alex Tuch, who skate on the second line, played a big part in Thursday's 7-0 win over San Jose, as they combined for six points. Neal scored the final goal on a power play, Haula got the team's second and Tuch netted on the power play as well. They had eight of the team's 34 shots on goal. The first line dominated the game as well, so San Jose is in a pick your poison spot. The Sharks allowed only four goals during the whole first-round series, but the Knights already scored four within the first 12 minutes. There will surely be more to come.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing David Perron, who started the playoffs nursing an undisclosed injury, has been productive since his return in Game 3 of the first-round series against the Kings. He had two assists in Thursday's 7-0 win over San Jose to make it three points in three games since the return from injury. Perron had a career-high 50 assists during the regular season, so it's no surprise to see that all of his postseason points have come from helpers as well. However, it is a bit surprising that he has managed to stay productive in a third-line role.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin scored his second goal of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday, registering the game-winning goal in a big 7-0 win over San Jose. Eakin got the ball rolling with 4:31 played of the opening frame, with Brayden McNabb and David Perron picking up the helpers. It was his only shot on goal and he didn't offer much else fantasy-wise either, so it was pretty much a case of being in the right spot at the right time. Eakin also played just 12:20, so it looks like he won't be a big factor in the series.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forwards Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith kicked off the second-round series against San Jose in style, as they had three points each in Game 1. Karlsson and Smith got there with assists and Marchessault had a goal and two assists. Marchessault's performance was probably the most impressive one, as he had picked up just two points so far during the postseason. They probably won't be as good in Game 2 on Saturday, but stacking the Vegas forwards in DFS won't be a bad idea.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury continued his impressive play in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, posting a 33-save shutout on Thursday night in Game 1 against the Sharks. He's the first goalie since 2004 to record three shutouts in the team's first five playoff games. Fleury has been the best DFS netminder throughout the postseason so far, posting a 0.54 goals-against average with a .982 save percentage. You basically can't do any better than that. Look for him to continue the hot form in Game 2 on Saturday.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoPittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel has been just as potent as teammate Sidney Crosby in the playoffs. He scored his seventh goal of the postseason on April 26 in Game 1. He also had two assists, which gave him nine. The Penguins are loaded and are looking to be skating around the rink with the Stanley Cup raised high when it's all said and done. Start Guentzel if you can.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoSurely Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray wasn't worried during Game 1 on April 26 despite an early 1-0 deficit. He likely knew that his team was capable of catching fire at any time, and he was right. Murray stonewalled the Washington Capitals in the second period and then allowed a second goal and then saw the Pens do what they do best, score goals in bunches in a short time. Ultimately, Murray was the winning goalie as Pittsburgh won, 3-2. Despite letting in two goals, he's still a strong choice for goalie in any game.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoAs if you need us to tell you that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is a must-start in any fantasy game, he went ahead and proved himself on April 26. After being held in check for two periods, he came to life and helped Pittsburgh to a comeback 3-2 win. First he scored his seventh goal of the playoffs and then he assisted on Jake Guentzel's goal to give him eight assists. Keep Sid in your lineups.--Michael Griffin - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby will enter Thursday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins as the likely starter after sitting the first two games of the Stanley Cup playoffs as the backup to Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer struggled mightily and allowed four goals in both games, paving the way for Holtby to come on in relief at the end of Game 2. From there, the Caps won four in a row to take the series in six games, largely due to Holtby's performance. He enters Round 2 with a .932 save percentage and 1.92 goals-against average this postseason.--Barry MilesSource: NHL
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2 years agoWashington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has managed to keep his role on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov throughout the playoffs, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists in six games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. While the bruiser doesn't receive any power-play time, he did contribute 17 shots and five blocks for added value. Considering the fact that Wilson will be closer to the bottom of the barrel in terms of price for wingers, he's a great way to save a few bucks so you can spend more on elite players.--Barry MilesSource: NHL
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2 years agoWashington Capitals defenseman John Carlson tied a 30-year-old franchise record for most points in a single playoff series with one goal and eight assists in six games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The soon-to-be free agent had a career year with 15 goals and 53 assists, totaling 58 points, all three career highs, and carried that momentum into the playoffs. Eight of those points in the postseason came on the power play, and along with 18 shots and nine blocks, Carlson is the hottest defenseman to choose in your DFS lineup.--Barry MilesSource: Russian Machine Never Breaks

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