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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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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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