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2 years agoWashington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 28 of 30 shots en route to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night. The win made it three in a row for Grubauer, as he's allowed six goals on 90 shots for a .933 save percentage in that span. It's looking more and more like the Capitals have chosen their goaltender for the playoffs, as a healthy Braden Holtby continues to serve as Grubauer's backup. Their next game comes Wednesday night against none other than the New York Rangers. It would be surprising if the German netminder didn't go for his fourth straight win.--Barry MilesSource: TSN
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2 years agoOn Monday night, the San Jose Sharks found a shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks to move to eight consecutive wins. Evander Kane was the star of the night, finding one goal on 10 shots, four hits and one block in 21:54 of ice time. The Sharks fourth line came to play with everyone on the line finding a point. Jannik Hansen set up Marcus Sorensen for the first goal of the game. In the third period, Barclay Goodrow set up Tomas Hertl for the go-ahead goal that kept them ahead for only two minutes. Kevin Labanc ended the game with a filthy shootout goal to move the Sharks closer to securing a playoff spot. They are now at 97 points, six above the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks and only six points behind first-place Vegas.--Anthony VattimoSource: DK-Live
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson found three points last night in a playoff-clinching win over the Colorado Avalanche. He scored his 40th goal and found two more assists to add to his impressive total of 69 points. Karlsson now sits fourth in the NHL in goals scored, only five behind the leader, Alexander Ovechkin. Karlsson has been the go-to guy for Vegas, averaging 18:37 minutes of ice time on the season and is sitting at a healthy plus-42. It's tough to predict what will happen to Vegas in the playoffs, but we can only assume they will come ready to play like they have for their whole first season.--Anthony VattimoSource: Hockey-Reference
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2 years agoLos Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Monday, finishing a 3-0 win against the Flames with 23 saves. Calgary had a bunch of top-six forwards missing for various reasons and thus Quick didn't have to work too much. He's the seventh goalie this season to record at least five shutouts and he has a favorable end-of-season schedule to possibly pick up one or two more, as the Kings play four of their final five games at home. He has two shutouts in the last four home starts.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore has reached the longest point streak of the season, as he's recorded at least one point in four consecutive games. He had two against the Avs on Monday, scoring the team's third one in a 4-1 win and recorded a power-play assist on Jonathan Marchessault's game-winner. Theodore, who had 17 points in 53 career games before the year kicked off, has collected 25 points in 55 games this season, with eight of his 20 assists coming on the power play. The Knights face the lowly Coyotes next on Wednesday, so Theodore has a good chance to extend his point streak even further.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson became a 40-goal scorer on Monday when he reached the landmark with an empty-netter in a 4-1 win over Colorado. It's been an amazing year for the man, who had scored just 18 career goals when the season started back in October. Karlsson is the fourth 40-goal scorer this season, joining Evgeni Malkin (42), Patrik Laine (43) and Aleksander Ovechkin (45). However, don't be the fantasy owner that gets fooled by his 2017-18 stats when it's time to redraft for the new season, as Karlsson's shooting percentage is at an unsustainable level at 23.3 percent. His previous career high for a season was 8.3 percent.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault recorded three points and was the first star of the night in a historic game on Monday, as the team clinched a playoff spot with a 4-1 win against Colorado. The Knights are only the third expansion team since 1968-69 to make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Marchessault, who netted his 25th of the year against the Avs, has played a big part in it, as he leads the scoring charts with 72 points and trails only David Perron in assists with 47. He'll be looking to flirt with the 80-point mark come the end of the season, as he's currently on a five-game point streak with six games to go.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoSan Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl netted his 21st goal of the season in Monday's 4-3 shootout win at Chicago to match his career high set in 2015-16. He's finishing the season in hot form, as he's got 11 points in 12 games this month, scoring six goals. The Sharks look unbeatable at the moment, scoring goals for fun, so Hertl will have a good opportunity to reach new career highs. He needs three more helpers to get there in assists and points. He'll face the Blues next on Tuesday, against whom he's already scored once this month.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoArizona Coyotes defenseman Trevor Murphy scored his first career goal in only his second game on Monday, opening the scoring in a 4-1 win at Tampa. He had two shots in the game, logging 11:04 with a few seconds on the power play as well. The Coyotes have lost Niklas Hjalmarsson and Jason Demers to season-ending injuries, which will give younger blue liners a chance to shine. Murphy, who arrived via a trade with the Predators on deadline day, is impressing already. He'll have six more games to demonstrate his wicked shot.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoArizona Coyotes forward Clayton Keller is now the best rookie goal scorer in the team's colors after netting his 23rd of the season with an empty-netter in Monday's 4-1 win over Tampa. He also recorded an assist, making it four multi-point games in a row while extending his point streak to nine outings. Keller is up to 38 assists and 61 points for the season, which are both also Coyotes rookie records. The team is finishing the season well with him in top form, and Keller could be near the 70-point mark when it's all said and done. Arizona has six more games left.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoMontreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher scored two goals in the 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings. These two goals both simultaneously gave Gallagher his first career 30-goal season, but they also gave Gallagher a career-high 49 points. For someone who only scored 29 points and 10 goals in 64 games last year, Gallagher is enjoying a nice bounce-back season. The Canadiens will look to Gallagher to be one of the main goal scorers next year, and he will be given every chance to succeed. Provided that the Canadiens sign a center this offseason, Gallagher could get even higher amounts of goals and points and should be a target for your drafts next season.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoFlorida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad scored a goal in the 3-0 win over the New York Islanders. Bjugstad has been a key part of the Panthers recently-found success, as he now has eight points in his last 10 games and has 24 points in 27 games since the All-Star break. The line of Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov and Bjugstad has easily been the best line in the NHL in March and they show no signs of stopping with a clear playoff-push motive. Bjugstad will be a solid late-round draft choice in re-draft leagues next season, provided he stays with Barkov.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoFlorida Panthers goaltender James Reimer recorded a 32-save shutout in the 3-0 win against the New York Islanders. In the absence of Roberto Luongo, Reimer has been absolutely fantastic, registering four wins in four games with two shutouts and a .971 save percentage. Luongo will be back in action soon -- he was actually projected to start against the Islanders -- so Reimer will go back to holding little value, but this may open some eyes for head coach Bob Boughner, as he may lean towards starting Reimer more in the future.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoTampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Miller assisted on a goal in the 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Despite Ryan McDonagh being the key piece in the trade with the New York Rangers, it's not that hard to see why many would think that Miller is the main piece right now. Officially through 13 games with his new team, he's scored as many points with seven goals and six assists. Now running lines with Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, Miller could be an extremely valuable fantasy asset next year, provided these conditions remain.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoOttawa Senators forward Matt Duchene produced an assist in the 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Since the All-Star break, Duchene now has 26 points in 28 games and has easily been one of the best forwards on the Senators this season. Duchene has also looked to build some chemistry with forwards like Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman this year. If this is any sign of what's to come next year for Duchene, he could be an extremely valuable sleeper, especially considering the only direction Ottawa can go is up from this point.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com

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