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Jake Allen Headshot

Allen saved 28 of 32 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Nashville.

After beginning the playoffs with three consecutive wins and a .974 save percentage, Allen has now lost two of his past three games with a .907 save percentage and 2.90 GAA. Nashville is averaging 3.4 goals per game in the playoffs and project to continue making life difficult for the Blues and Allen.
8:47 am (EST)
Yoenis Céspedes Headshot

Cespedes (hamstring) hit third and played left field Wednesday, going 1-for-4 in a loss to the Braves.

He didn't appear to be moving at quite 100 percent in the field, but the Mets apparently don't feel Cespedes can make his hamstring tweak any worse by playing. The 31-year-old is slashing .262/.370/.607 on the season with six homers and 10 RBI.
8:42 am (EST)
Pekka Rinne Headshot

Rinne stopped 27 of 30 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 win over St. Louis.

Rinne is now 5-0 in the playoffs with a .962 save percentage and 1.14 GAA. The Blues have generated just just 6.0 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes at five-on-five in the postseason, so while Rinne's numbers have negative regression ahead, the drop might not be drastic in Round 2.
8:42 am (EST)
Jay Bruce Headshot

Bruce went 2-for-2 with two walks in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

He remains one of the few bright spots in a sluggish Mets offense, and Bruce is now slashing .292/.386/.569 with six homers, 14 RBI and 13 runs scored through 19 games. The 30-year-old also played his fifth game of the season at first base Wednesday, providing him with extra positional eligibility in many fantasy formats.
8:39 am (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart churned out eight points (3-9 FG, 2-7 3Pt), eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win over the Bulls.

Smart's tough defense and passing skills have earned him essentially starter's minutes during the series with Chicago. He's averaging 5.4 assists per game this post season, highlighted by Wednesday's eight dimes. And he is bringing Memphis-style grindhouse grit to a Boston squad with limited playoff experience. His battles with Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are reminiscent of Tony Allen's early days with the Celtics. Boston can tolerate his poor shooting as long as his rugged defense and strong passing continue.
8:35 am (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot saved 33 of 36 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 win over Anaheim.

While there have been some ups and downs along the way, through seven postseason games, Talbot sports a .925 save percentage and 2.17 GAA. Winning Game 1 in Anaheim is also an impression feat. This could easily turn into a back-and-forth series, so don't be surprised if Talbot's game-to-game inconsistency continues in Round 2.
8:35 am (EST)
John Gibson Headshot

Gibson saved just 27 of 31 shots during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Edmonton.

Gibson has been hit or miss through five playoff games, as he's allowed two goals or fewer in three outings and four goals in the other two. Anaheim has allowed 14.33 high-danger scoring chances per 60 minutes in the playoffs, so team defense has been more of an issue than Gibson's play. He'll look to backstop Anaheim to a Game 2 win Friday.
8:31 am (EST)
Evan Gattis Headshot

Gattis went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Indians.

The homer was Gattis' second of the season, both coming in his last three starts. After an offseason in which Houston acquired Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, we were curious about Gattis' opportunities in 2017 but he's appeared in 14 of Houston's 21 games. More recently, outfield injuries have led to Beltran playing left field and allowed Gattis to serve as the designated hitter, as was the case Wednesday. When in the starting lineup, Gattis has primarily slotted into the middle of the order, hitting fourth or fifth where RBI opportunities abound.
8:31 am (EST)
Gerald Green Headshot

Green started the Game 5, but posted only two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and one rebound from a scant 12 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 win over the Bulls.

Consider this a token start for Green, who certainly deserved the opportunity after his hot Game 4. This marks three straight starts for Green, as regular season stalwarts Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson continue to ride the pine. Expect coach Brad Stevens to again start Green in Friday's Game 6, but Green will need a hot shooting hand early to stay on the floor for meaningful minutes.
8:26 am (EST)
Ryan Kesler Headshot

Kesler collected two assists -- one with the man advantage -- during Wednesday's Game 1 loss to Edmonton.

The veteran pivot spent 10:58 of his 21:09 of ice time matched up against Connor McDavid in Game 1, and Kesler limited McDavid to a single power-play assist. Kesler will need to continue playing a 200-foot game for the Ducks to succeed. He had just a single assist through four games in Round 1, so his multi-assist showing Wednesday was a welcomed offensive boost.
8:21 am (EST)
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