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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights left wing Tomas Tatar might be the best paid skater on the team, but he'll continue to get paid for doing nothing at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs second round. Tatar has been a healthy scratch since Game 3 of the first-round series against Los Angeles. He had three shots on goal and no points in the opening two games before being forced to sit in the press box. David Perron has taken over his spot on the third line and head coach Gerard Gallant has said that he won't be tinkering with a winning lineup.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: Steve Carp
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault will get to play one of his favorite opponents in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He picked up six points in four regular season games against the Sharks this year, scoring twice and providing four assists. Marchessault also averaged 3.75 shots on goal against them, posting two multi-point games. He had only two points in the opening round against the Kings, but he shared the team lead with 17 shots on goal, and by the looks of it, the second round should be much more productive for him.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoVegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith is one of the players to target in DFS Thursday night in Game 1 of the second-round series against San Jose. Smith finished Round 1 with a three-game point streak, picking up one assist in every game. He had only six shots on goal against the Kings, which was a disappointment, but playing alongside William Karlsson, he isn't really expected to score many goals either way. Smith is in a good spot to keep picking up helpers, though, as he's also logging a nice chunk of minutes on the power play.--Taavi Pailk - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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2 years agoRound 1 matchups for the Pacific Division proved to be unexciting, with the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights sweeping the Anaheim Ducks and the LA Kings, respectively. On Thursday, we get the Pacific Division matchup the hockey world has been waiting for, as the Sharks will travel to Vegas for the first two games of Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. According to the expert picks at NHL.com, the Sharks are favored to win this series, and rightfully so. Sharks goalie coach, Johan Hedberg, laid out some keys to cracking Marc Andre-Fleury. The Sharks will have to focus on moving the puck laterally to the slot and make Fleury move. San Jose also needs to take full advantage of the odd-man rush, where Fleury has given up 49 of his last 100 goals (league average 38.5 percent). If the Sharks can continue to produce goals the way they did against Anaheim, they should have a problem taking it to Vegas in Round 2.--Anthony VattimoSource: The Mercury News
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2 years agoBoston Bruins centerman David Krejci was involved in the goal production in Wednesday’s Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he didn’t find the back of the net himself. Instead, Krejci notched apples on three of the Bruins goals, including both of linemate Jake DeBrusk’s as well as Danton Heinen’s first career playoff goal. Krejci now has assists on four of DeBrusk’s five first-round goals and is further solidifying the Bruins secondary attack on the second line. Krejci is Boston’s top producing forward outside of its top line with eight points through seven games. He will carry good DFS value into the second-round matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins rookie Jake DeBrusk continues to surprise, adding on to his postseason totals Wednesday. DeBrusk tied the game at one in the first period and scored the winner in the third, bringing his goal count up to five for the series. Five goals ties him with David Pastrnak for the team lead and with David Backes for most on the power play. DeBrusk’s third-period goal was a spectacular effort, receiving a pass breaking out of Boston’s zone and taking it the length of the ice before stickhandling through Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner and beating Frederik Andersen through the five hole. DeBrusk has been an excellent DFS value player, and he could continue this streak. However, he is currently sporting a ridiculous 45.5 percent shooting percentage. This rate is not likely sustainable, but DeBrusk still provides energy and offensive pressure to Boston’s attack.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: FOX Sports
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2 years agoAfter a very quiet series, Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander posted a productive game in Wednesday’s loss to the Boston Bruins. His two assists matched his point production from the first six games of the series. Nylander started the play that led to Patrick Marleau opening the scoring on the power play, and added an assist on Travis Dermott’s first career playoff goal early in the second frame. Head coach Mike Babcock had dropped Nylander from his first-line spot alongside Auston Matthews early in the series but reinstated the pair in Game 7, as the Leafs were looking desperately to hold on to their season. Nylander played arguably his best game of the postseason, even slotting in to take faceoffs, but it appears to have been too little too late and not enough to hold the Bruins at bay.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs 38-year-old veteran Patrick Marleau was a bright spot early in Wednesday’s Game 7, scoring two early goals for the Maple Leafs, twice giving them the lead and a leg up in the game. Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly took a tripping penalty behind the Maple Leafs net in the first minute of the game. On the ensuing man advantage, Marleau redirected a Jake Gardiner point shot between the legs of Tuukka Rask to open the scoring. Four minutes later, Marleau broke into the Bruins zone with linemate Mitchell Marner, and after a few passes between them, Marleau ripped a shot top corner over Rask to reinstate the lead for the Leafs. Marleau’s two goals came on just two shots, which is uncanny, as he also scored twice in Game 3 with a 100 percent shooting percentage. His four goals were enough to lead the team in postseason scoring.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner notched the lone assist on Patrick Marleau’s second goal just six minutes into Game 7 on Wednesday night. In doing so, Marner was able to extend his point streak to six games, but with the Leafs loss, he won’t have the opportunity to extend it further. On a personal level, Marner has enjoyed an extremely successful sophomore season, which is famous for a noticeable regression in many young players. He led the Maple Leafs in scoring in the regular season with 69 points and did so again in the postseason, recording nine points, nearly double his next closest teammate. Marner was impressive in this series and often drove the play for the Leafs. Unfortunately, they couldn’t complete the comeback against the Boston Bruins to advance to the second round.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Fox Sports
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2 years agoBoston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask made 20 saves on 24 shots for an .833 save percentage in the 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rask barely managed to get a better save percentage than Frederik Andersen, who ended up finishing the game with an .829 save percentage. However, it doesn't change the fact that Rask simply was not good enough in the series against the Leafs. Rask had three games below a .900 save percentage while also having three games above a .960 save percentage and ended up finishing the series with an .899 save percentage. In Round 2, he will have to face a better offense in the Tampa Bay Lightning and will not be a must-start in DFS formats.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins first line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for three goals and four assists in the 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. All three of them chipped in with their own goal and assist, while Bergeron was the only one who ended up with two assists on the line. The three together have now officially combined for eight, nine and 13 points, respectively, for a total of 30 points in a mere seven games played. All three will hold must-own DFS value regardless of price as they go up against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen made 29 saves on 35 shots for an .829 save percentage in the 7-4 loss to the Boston Bruins. Despite the Leafs holding a 4-3 lead after the second period, Andersen then proceeded to allow goals to Torey Krug, Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak all at even strength to allow the Bruins to take a 6-4 lead. In the series, Andersen went 3-3 with a save percentage of .896, and it seems like the defense could really use an overhaul come this offseason. Andersen will continue to be one of fantasy's best bargain prices for a goaltender, remaining around the 100th pick while providing numerous starts and wins for a young Leafs squad.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoToronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews drew zero points again in Game 7, leaving his series total to only two points in seven games. Despite Matthews being easily their team's top center, his lack of offensive production ultimately was a large contributor in costing the Leafs the series. He finished the 2017-2018 season with 34 goals and 63 points in 62 games and will continue to hold top-10 fantasy value in redraft and dynasty leagues.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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2 years agoBoston Bruins forward Rick Nash is slated to play on the second line for Game 7 alongside Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci. This move is in correlation with Danton Heinen slotting back into the lineup on the team’s third line. Nash scored the winning goal in the 7-3 decision in Game 2 but hasn’t found the scoresheet otherwise and has a negative-three plus/minus rating through six games. Nash tallied three points in his first three games with the Bruins but only managed another three points in the final eight games of the regular season. He has not been much of a factor in this series, but he gets a bit of an uptick playing in the company of Krejci and DeBrusk, the team’s best forwards outside of the top unit. His linemates carry more DFS value, but Nash has an opportunity, albeit circumstantial, to get a good game in Wednesday.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Amalie Benjamin on Twitter
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2 years agoAfter being a healthy scratch for Game 6, Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen will replace Tommy Wingels in the lineup Wednesday. Heinen has no points in the series and carries a negative-one plus/minus rating. On the bottom two lines, he’s been averaging just under 13:00 minutes of ice time per game. These stats don’t jump off the page, but what Heinen does possess over Wingels is better possession stats and the trust of head coach Bruce Cassidy. Neither player holds any DFS value heading into a decisive Game 7. Heinen appears to be skating on the third line with Riley Nash and David Backes. Leave Heinen on the wire and look for production elsewhere for Wednesday’s tilt.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NBC Sports

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