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Stack the Deck: April 23
Kenneth Le
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Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot stopped 27 of 28 shots in Saturday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Sharks.

Talbot was great all series and it was no different Saturday. Aside from a blowout loss in Game 4, Talbot frustrated the Sharks with his poise and strong positional goaltending to help the Oilers advance to Round 2. He's built off a remarkable regular season and been a force for an Edmonton squad known for it's long history of goaltending problems. While he was snubbed for a Vezina Trophy nomination, Talbot is playing fantastic right now and will give the Ducks all kinds of problems in the next round.
3:47 am (EST)
Martin Jones Headshot

Jones stopped 18 of 20 shots in Saturday's Game 6 loss to the Oilers.

With the loss, Jones and the Sharks are eliminated from the playoffs. The 27-year-old had a very strong postseason, but was left out to dry on the two goals Saturday and can't be faulted for the team's defeat in the series. He was a workhorse in the regular season and stayed strong in the postseason with an impressive .935 save percentage, so there's not much more you could ask for. Jones will once again be a popular fantasy option next season due to his undisputed starting role and great consistency.
3:27 am (EST)
Henrik Lundqvist Headshot

Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots in Saturday's series-clinching win over the Canadiens.

Lundvist made several remarkable stops on the night, including a great late toe save on Tomas Plekanec in the third period. The King outdueled Vezina Trophy nominee Carey Price in the series, posting a .947 save percentage and allowing two or fewer goals in three straight victories. The veteran is now moving onto the second round where the Rangers will face the winners of the Bruins-Senators series. Time is ticking down for Lundqvist, but with the way he's playing, the 35-year-old has a great chance at finally capturing that Stanley Cup.
2:54 am (EST)
Carey Price Headshot

Price stopped 20 of 22 shots in Saturday's Game 6 loss to the Rangers.

With the loss, Price and the Habs are eliminated from the playoffs. The 29-year-old had a strong individual postseason, posting a .933 save percentage, but ultimately he was outdueled by opposing netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Fresh off a Vezina Trophy nomination, Price will have to make an important decision this summer regarding his future with one year left on his contract. Whether or not he remains in Montreal, Price proved once again this season that he's a top-tier fantasy netminder.
2:35 am (EST)
Andre Iguodala Headshot

Iguodala recorded 16 points (5-12 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 36 minutes during a 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Iguodala had a great Game 3, as he was given his highest minute total since Jan. 29 with Kevin Durant (calf) and Matt Barnes (foot) sidelined again. His 16 points off the bench marked the third-highest scoring total on the team in the win. Iguodala will have increased opportunities to score for as long as Durant and Barnes are sidelined.
1:59 am (EST)
Stephen Curry Headshot

Curry totaled 34 points (10-25 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block across 39 minutes during a 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Curry eclipsed the 30-point mark for the first time this postseason and the eight assists also marked his highest total of the series so far. He shot below 50 percent for the third straight game, but got hot for 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the team seal the victory. Curry is shooting just 40.3 percent to start the postseason, but expect that percentage to rise soon.
1:59 am (EST)
C.J. McCollum Headshot

McCollum contributed 32 points (10-23 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes during a 119-113 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

McCollum scored more than 30 points for the second time in three games so far in the series as he posted a team-high 32 points in the loss. The six three-pointers made marked his highest total since Dec. 10. McCollum has been a great scorer so far in the series, but after he averaged 3.6 assists per game during the regular season, he has just a combined total of three assists so far in this series.
1:58 am (EST)
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, four assists and one block across 17 minutes during a 119-113 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

Nurkic (leg) played in his first game since March 30, and hauled home 11 boards in limited minutes. Considering he only played 17 minutes, this was a fairly good line from Nurkic. The team's season is on the line for the rest of the series, so we'll see if the team plans to increase his workload slightly. Barring any setbacks, expect him to be starting again in Game 4.
1:58 am (EST)
Miguel Rojas Headshot

Rojas left Saturday's game as a precautionary measure after feeling leg tightness, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

Adeiny Hechavarria entered the game following Rojas' departure. Rojas should be considered day-to-day heading into Sunday's series finale against the Padres. Prior to his departure, Rojas had gone 0-for-2 at the plate.
1:35 am (EST)
Mitchell Marner Headshot

Marner, who has one goal and four points in five games this postseason, has found it harder to be a difference maker in the playoffs. Coach Mike Babcock says the winger "... (has) got to dig in," reports the Toronto Sun.

Marner's style -- creativity and patience with the puck -- makes it hard for him to navigate when the extra seconds available to make a play in the regular season are gone. Marner's ice time has dropped from close to 17 minutes a game in the regular season to less than 14 minutes in Game 4. And just 14:29 in Game 5. However, Babcock was confident Marner will find his game soon. "He'll be great (on Sunday). Everything about Mitchy, he's a big moment guy. He'll find it."
1:26 am (EST)
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