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    • Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
      Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Opens scoring 17 seconds into second round
      3h ago

      Kuznetsov scored just 17 seconds into Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss to the Penguins and added a team-high six shots.

      Kuznetsov has been excellent this postseason, with five goals and four assists in nine games. He's going to have to keep this level up for the Capitals to have a puncher's chance at taking out the two-time defending champs.

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    • Tom Wilson WAS RW
      Capitals' Tom Wilson: Two helpers in series-opening loss
      3h ago

      Wilson assisted on both of his team's goals in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss to the Penguins.

      Known more for his physicality, Wilson's also flashed the skill that prompted Washington to draft him with the 16th overall pick back in 2012. He's thriving in a first-line role this postseason, having racked up two goals and five points in the past five games. Savvy daily owners have been getting tremendous bang for the buck on the power forward.

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    • Alex Ovechkin WAS LW
      Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Two points not enough in Game 1 loss
      4h ago

      Ovechkin contributed a goal and an assist Thursday, but that wasn't enough, as the Penguins came back to hand Washington a 3-2 Game 1 loss.

      Ovechkin got the home crowd rocking by assisting on Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal just 17 seconds into the game and lit the lamp himself on the first shift of the third period. His two points matched Sidney Crosby's output, but the latter's superior supporting cast once again helped deliver a result that's become all too familiar to Ovechkin in recent years.

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    • Sidney Crosby PIT C
      Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Seven goals in seven games this postseason
      4h ago

      Crosby scored his seventh goal of the playoffs and added a helper in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over the Capitals.

      Crosby's line with Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel scored all three of the team's goals while combining for seven points. Sid the Kid's rolling right now, so those who picked him in playoff fantasy pools are living the good life as usual.

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    • Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
      Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Two points in Game 1 comeback
      4h ago

      Hornqvist chipped in a goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over Washington.

      Hornqvist scored the first of three unanswered Pittsburgh goals 2:59 into the third period. His linemates Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel followed up at the 5:20 and 7:48 marks, respectively, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 advantage. The Swedish power forward seems to have put the upper-body injury that kept him out of Game 4 and Game 5 in the first round behind him.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Only 22 saves in Game 1 defeat
      4h ago

      Holtby stopped just 22 of Pittsburgh's 25 shots in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss.

      Just like in the first round, Washington immediately gave up home-ice advantage in the series opener. This was Holtby's first loss of the playoffs, so he's built up enough of a cushion over Philipp Grubauer that the chances of Washington making yet another change in net are slim. The Capitals actually held a 2-0 lead early in the third period, but Pittsburgh's top line scored three times in a 4:49 span to steal this one.

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    • Evgeny Kuznetsov WAS C
      Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Opens scoring 17 seconds into second round
      3h ago

      Kuznetsov scored just 17 seconds into Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss to the Penguins and added a team-high six shots.

      Kuznetsov has been excellent this postseason, with five goals and four assists in nine games. He's going to have to keep this level up for the Capitals to have a puncher's chance at taking out the two-time defending champs.

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    • Sidney Crosby PIT C
      Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Seven goals in seven games this postseason
      4h ago

      Crosby scored his seventh goal of the playoffs and added a helper in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over the Capitals.

      Crosby's line with Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel scored all three of the team's goals while combining for seven points. Sid the Kid's rolling right now, so those who picked him in playoff fantasy pools are living the good life as usual.

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    • Nick Shore CGY C
      Flames' Nick Shore: Wraps up crazy 2017-18 season
      5h ago

      Shore played 64 regular season games -- 49 with Los Angeles, six with Ottawa and nine with Calgary -- totaling five goals and 19 points.

      Shore wasn't very effective anywhere, but suiting up for three different NHL teams in one season can get hectic. Still, the 19 points was a career best for the Colorado native. Assuming the 25-year-old can settle in to a spot with Calgary, he could start producing at a decent clip for a bottom-six winger.

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    • Nick Cousins ARI C
      Coyotes' Nick Cousins: Carves out bigger role in 2017-18
      6h ago

      Cousins scored a career-high seven goals and 19 points in 71 regular season games.

      His 71 games played and 12:52 of average ice time per game were also career bests, as Cousins took a big step forward this season. The 5-foot-11 forward couldn't carve out a big role with the Flyers in his first three season, but he may have found a home in Arizona. His fantasy value is still relatively low, but he might be worth a look in deep leagues next season.

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    • Radek Faksa DAL C
      Stars' Radek Faksa: Posts career high in goals
      6h ago

      Faksa set a career high in goals (17) while tying his career high in points (33) in 2017-18.

      The 24-year-old pivot is still growing as a scorer, but he's already a fantastic two-way player, as evidenced by the impressive plus-21 rating he posted this season. Faksa may never develop into a 50-point scorer, but he should continue to produce enough offense to remain a solid bench option in most season-long fantasy formats.

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    • Dominic Moore TOR C
      Maple Leafs' Dominic Moore: Becomes non-factor as season ends
      7h ago

      Moore was a healthy scratch in 13 of the final 15 regular season games and appeared in just two postseason contests.

      The 37-year-old fell out of favor down the stretch and the team's acquisition of Tomas Plekanec certainly didn't help. Moore finished the season with six goals and 12 points, the lowest point total of his career. The clock is ticking on his NHL career, and it seems to have already expired on his fantasy value.

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    • Tom Wilson WAS RW
      Capitals' Tom Wilson: Two helpers in series-opening loss
      3h ago

      Wilson assisted on both of his team's goals in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss to the Penguins.

      Known more for his physicality, Wilson's also flashed the skill that prompted Washington to draft him with the 16th overall pick back in 2012. He's thriving in a first-line role this postseason, having racked up two goals and five points in the past five games. Savvy daily owners have been getting tremendous bang for the buck on the power forward.

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    • Alex Ovechkin WAS LW
      Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Two points not enough in Game 1 loss
      4h ago

      Ovechkin contributed a goal and an assist Thursday, but that wasn't enough, as the Penguins came back to hand Washington a 3-2 Game 1 loss.

      Ovechkin got the home crowd rocking by assisting on Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal just 17 seconds into the game and lit the lamp himself on the first shift of the third period. His two points matched Sidney Crosby's output, but the latter's superior supporting cast once again helped deliver a result that's become all too familiar to Ovechkin in recent years.

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    • Patric Hornqvist PIT RW
      Penguins' Patric Hornqvist: Two points in Game 1 comeback
      4h ago

      Hornqvist chipped in a goal and an assist in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over Washington.

      Hornqvist scored the first of three unanswered Pittsburgh goals 2:59 into the third period. His linemates Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel followed up at the 5:20 and 7:48 marks, respectively, turning a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 advantage. The Swedish power forward seems to have put the upper-body injury that kept him out of Game 4 and Game 5 in the first round behind him.

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    • Jake Guentzel PIT LW
      Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Points on all three Pittsburgh goals in Game 1 win
      5h ago

      Guentzel finished with a goal and two assists in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over Washington.

      After scoring four goals and an assist in the Game 6 closeout of the Flyers, Guentzel picked up right where he left off. He recorded a point on each of the three Pittsburgh goals, all of which were scored in a 4:49 span during the third period to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Guentzel continues to shine in the playoffs, as he now has 37 points in 32 career postseason appearances.

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    • Tyler Pitlick DAL RW
      Stars' Tyler Pitlick: Enjoys breakout campaign
      6h ago

      Pitlick played 80 regular season games, scoring 14 goals and 27 points in his first year with Dallas.

      All three of those numbers are by far his career highs. Pitlick couldn't get solid playing time early in his career with the Oilers, but with Dallas he's made a name for himself quickly. With a secured lineup spot, the 26-year-old should continue improving his game next season.

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    • Jason Chimera ANA RW
      Ducks' Jason Chimera: Headed for free agency
      7h ago

      Chimera, who totaled three goals and 13 points in 74 games this campaign, will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

      Chimera had a quiet campaign in 2017-18 after posting a respectable 20 goals and 33 points a season ago, so it remains to be seen if any NHL club will express interest in signing the 38-year-old winger to a short-term deal this offseason. If he's unable to land a short-term contract with a contender, it wouldn't be surprising to see Chimera hang up his skates after a successful NHL career which has spanned 18 seasons.

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    • Erik Gudbranson VAN D
      Canucks' Erik Gudbranson: Posts disappointing numbers in 2017-18
      6h ago

      Gudbranson (shoulder) played just 52 games this season, scoring a pair of goals and five points.

      The 26-year-old blueliner dealt with injuries to his back and most recently his shoulder, holding him out of the final 12 games of the season. Gudbranson has never been much of a fantasy asset and hasn't played more than 65 games since the 2014-15 season. He can be mostly left off fantasy draft boards heading in to next season.

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    • Greg Pateryn DAL D
      Stars' Greg Pateryn: Solid in second-pairing role
      6h ago

      Pateryn notched one goal and 13 points while averaging 19:37 of ice time in 73 contests this season.

      Pateryn established himself as a solid shutdown second-pairing defender in 2017-18, but he'll never produce enough offense to be considered a desirable option in most season-long fantasy formats. The 27-year-old American will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him with a new club in 2018-19, as the Stars will have a plethora of younger options at defense.

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    • Esa Lindell DAL D
      Stars' Esa Lindell: Shows improvement in sophomore campaign
      7h ago

      Lindell set career highs in goals (seven) and assists (20) while averaging 22:05 of ice time in 80 contests this season.

      Lindell does it all for Dallas, skating on the team's top pairing while also logging significant minutes as a member of the Stars' second power-play unit and penalty-killing team. The 23-year-old blueliner should only continue to improve with age, so fantasy owners can expect to him to have his best season yet in 2018-19.

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    • Connor Carrick TOR D
      Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Struggles to find playing time
      7h ago

      Carrick couldn't crack the lineup in any of his team's seven postseason contests, finishing the year with four goals and 12 points in 47 regular season games.

      Carrick was a healthy scratch for a good chunk of the season and simply couldn't carve out regular playing time. Still, his four goals and 12 points were both career highs for the 24-year-old blueliner. At this point he doesn't have much fantasy value until he gets a secured spot in a lineup.

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    • Brandon Montour ANA D
      Ducks' Brandon Montour: Enjoys successful sophomore season
      7h ago

      Montour notched nine goals and 32 points while posting a plus-16 rating in 80 games this campaign.

      The 24-year-old blueliner was a key member of the Ducks' power-play unit this season, picking up five goals and 12 points while averaging 2:15 of ice time on the man advantage per contest. Montour's game should only continue to grow in 2018-19, which means fantasy owners can head into their drafts with the expectation that he'll post career highs in goals and assists, making him a desirable asset in all season-long formats.

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    • Jordan Oesterle CHI D
      Blackhawks' Jordan Oesterle: Promising first season in Chicago
      8h ago

      Oesterle notched five goals and 15 points while firing 99 shots on goal in 55 games with the Blackhawks this campaign.

      Oesterle had only played sparingly with the Oilers over the past three seasons, so 2017-18 marked the first time he held onto a regular role with an NHL club. The 25-year-old blueliner's offensive numbers aren't anything to write home about, but Chicago leaned on him heavily for much of the season, as he was tasked with skating with Duncan Keith on the team's first pairing for a good portion of the campaign. The Blackhawks will likely add several defenseman via free agency and the draft this offseason, but Oesterle should still be a regular in the lineup in 2018-19, even if he's asked to take on a reduced role.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Only 22 saves in Game 1 defeat
      4h ago

      Holtby stopped just 22 of Pittsburgh's 25 shots in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 loss.

      Just like in the first round, Washington immediately gave up home-ice advantage in the series opener. This was Holtby's first loss of the playoffs, so he's built up enough of a cushion over Philipp Grubauer that the chances of Washington making yet another change in net are slim. The Capitals actually held a 2-0 lead early in the third period, but Pittsburgh's top line scored three times in a 4:49 span to steal this one.

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    • Matt Murray PIT G
      Penguins' Matt Murray: Stops 32 to win series opener
      5h ago

      Murray made 32 saves in Thursday's 3-2, Game 1 win over the Capitals.

      Murray dealt with some early-period struggles, allowing goals just 17 seconds into the opening frame and 28 seconds into the third. Pittsburgh's explosive offense erased the 2-0 deficit created by those tallies with a three-goal outburst in the final frame, and Murray continues to be a strong choice in net thanks in large part to the scoring prowess of the team skating in front of him.

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    • Martin Jones SJ G
      Sharks' Martin Jones: Getting set to face Golden Knights in Vegas
      10h ago

      Jones will start in goal for Game 1 against host Vegas in the conference semifinals Thursday night, as Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports there will be no lineup changes for the Sharks.

      The Sharks haven't played since April 18 when Jones and Co. completed a sweep of the Ducks in the first round of the playoffs, but the Golden Knights also busted out the brooms against the Kings, so both teams will be well rested. Jones carries a playoff record of 20-14-0, a 1.90 GAA and .931 save percentage; he'll be countered by an expansion team that exhibits a tremendous forecheck and has plenty of speed to boot, albeit one that ranked 14th in goals per game (1.75) during the first-round series. This should be quite the entertaining series as the Sharks hunt for their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, while the Golden Knights continue defying the odds of being so successful in their inaugural campaign.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Tending twine Thursday
      11h ago

      Fleury will be between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1 clash with San Jose, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      Fleury was pretty much unbeatable during his first-round matchup with the Kings, as he posted a pair of shutouts and a 0.65 GAA in a four-game sweep. Opposing netminder Martin Jones posted a 1.00 GAA of his own, which means the Flower will need to continue his dominant ways if he is going to help the Golden Knights continue their remarkable postseason run.

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    • Matt Murray PIT G
      Penguins' Matt Murray: In goal Thursday
      11h ago

      Murray will get the starting nod against the Capitals for Game 1 on Thursday, Brian McNally of NHL.com reports.

      Murray was injured last season when the Pens squared off with Washington, as Marc-Andre Fleury handled that series. The 23-year-old is 4-4-0 lifetime versus Washington with a 3.66 GAA. In his opening-round series, the Thunder Bay native posted a decent .911 save percentage that included a pair of shutouts.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Defending net in Game 1
      12h ago

      Holtby will guard the home goal for Thursday's Game 1 against the Penguins, NHL.com reports.

      After opening the first-round series on the bench, Holtby received the message and won each of his four starts against the Blue Jackets. He will attempt to carry that success over into a matchup with his nemesis in Pittsburgh, carrying a .932 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA this postseason into the series.

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