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2018 MLB Draft Guide: Ballpark Factors
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Jacob Markstrom Headshot

Markstrom stopped 30 of 34 shots in Saturday's loss to the Oilers.

Markstrom got victimized by a surging Edmonton squad, who got a three-point performance from Finnish stud Jesse Puljujarvi. Markstrom had been playing well prior to Saturday, but the Canucks' starting netminder has failed to really put together an extended impressive stretch of play. His up-and-down tendencies have led to a mediocre 12-15-5 record with a lackluster .908 save percentage. The Canucks continue to fall and it's hard to trust Markstrom in anything but the deepest of leagues.
4:54 am (EST)
Cam Talbot Headshot

Talbot stopped 25 of 27 shots in Saturday's win over the Canucks.

Talbot has strung together two impressive victories to get himself to 17-16-2 on the season. The Oilers need a really strong second half if they hope to get themselves into the playoff picture, meaning Talbot will need to be much better than he's been this season. The 30-year-old owns a lackluster .902 save percentage, but it's his play in these last two games that is reminding fantasy goers why he was so valuable last year. If he can keep it up and the Oilers provide offensive support, Talbot will become a must-start once again.
4:47 am (EST)
Milan Lucic Headshot

Lucic had two assists in Saturday's win over Vancouver.

Lucic hasn't scored in almost a month, but he's got three assists in his last three games and has been a steady source of PIM. The power forward has hit the 30-point barrier and continues to dish out plenty of hits. Lucic has landed around 20 goals and 50 points in four straight seasons and that trend is well on it's way to continuing this time around. The 29-year-old is worth owning in many leagues for his combination of offense and PIM.
4:38 am (EST)
Leon Draisaitl Headshot

Draisaitl scored his 12th goal of the season and had an assist in Saturday's win over the Canucks.

The Oilers have now won three consecutive games and Draisaitl is riding his own four-game point streak. The 22-year-old is up to 38 points (12 goals) in 43 games and is sporting a tidy plus-11 rating. He's been producing consistently all season and will need to take it up even another notch if Edmonton hopes to make a playoff push in the second half. Take full advantage.
4:15 am (EST)
Patrick Maroon Headshot

Maroon extended his goal-scoring streak to three games Saturday, striking twice in a win over Vancouver.

The Oilers have now won three straight games and Maroon has scored in each of them. While Maroon may not be an elite offensive producer, this recent stretch shows why he's worth owning in many settings. Maroon is a solid top-line goal-scorer and supplies plenty of PIM, making him a fantasy weapon. The 29-year-old is hot right now and can be rolled out with confidence while he skates alongside superstar Connor McDavid.
4:09 am (EST)
Jesse Puljujarvi Headshot

Puljujarvi had the first three-point game of his NHL career Saturday against Vancouver, netting his ninth goal of the season and adding two assists in a commanding victory.

Puljujarvi looked dominant in the victory, firing six shots on goal in 13:29 of ice time. He had been held off the scoresheet in eight straight games, but made headlines for a good reason recently after he was spotted playing outdoor hockey with young fans in Edmonton during the Oilers' bye week. The 19-year-old is now up to nine goals and 11 points in 30 games on the season. It's easy to forget he's just a teenager, so if he starts to gain more confidence following Saturday's performance, the Finnish sniper could be worth snatching up.
4:01 am (EST)
Andrei Vasilevskiy Headshot

Vasilevskiy suffered his third straight loss Saturday, allowing four goals on 30 shots against the Wild.

Three straight losses might not seem like much for the average NHL team, but it's a season-high number for the powerhouse Lightning. Vasilevskiy has given up at least four goals in each defeat, bringing his save percentage down to .927 on the season. Vasilevskiy is going through a rough stretch right now, having given up 23 goals in his last five starts. The young Russian netminder still owns a fantastic 27-9-2 record this season, so just ride out the slump and look for him to get back on track soon.
3:54 am (EST)
Tyler Johnson Headshot

Johnson contributed two assists -- one on the power play -- in Saturday's loss to the Wild.

In the midst of a slump for the Lightning, Johnson has remained very productive, managing eight points (four goals) in his last five games. The speedy winger has been dynamite alongside Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat and is now up to 16 goals and 37 points in 45 games. His consistency and prominent role in Tampa Bay make him a must-own in all formats.
3:37 am (EST)
Brayden Point Headshot

Point scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength marker in Saturday's loss to the Wild.

The Lightning have lost a season-high three games, but that hasn't stopped Point from finding the back of the net, The Alberta native has three goals during the skid, putting him at 19 goals and 42 points in 46 games on the season. You won't find many fantasy forwards who are more on Point with their production than the young Lightning center.
3:29 am (EST)
Eric Staal Headshot

Staal contributed a pair of assists -- one on the power play -- in Saturday's win over the Lightning.

Staal continues to have a great season for the Wild, managing 19 goals and 40 points in 47 games. The best news to come out of Saturday's game might just be that linemate Zach Parise has his first goal of the season. If Parise starts scoring like he's capable of doing, Staal's fantasy value could increase even more. The veteran center is producing enough to warrant a play in almost all formats.
3:24 am (EST)
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