NHL Grind Down: Saturday, March 10th

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The RotoGrinders NHL Grind Down article will give you an in-depth analysis into the NHL schedule. This article will break down the numbers for every single game and give you analysis on which trends you can exploit. While matchups are a major factor in daily fantasy hockey there are plenty of other factors to consider such as injuries, salaries, and more.

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Winnipeg Jets at Philadelphia Flyers

Winnipeg Jets Philadelphia Flyers
Connor Hellebuyck Petr Mrazek
Record Record
41-17-9 34-23-11
Team Stats 3.34 2.61 24.44 82.74 Team Stats 2.93 2.87 20.18 75.52

Backed by a nice 8-2 record over the last few weeks the Winnipeg Jets have been able to skate right into second place in the Central Division and basically guarantee themselves a ticket to the end of the season dance. Patrik Laine has had a huge role in the Jets recent success as he has lit the lamp at least 39 times this season with 11 of those goals coming over the last seven games. Laine skates with Paul Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers on what has become the team’s top line while Blake Wheeler has been skating with Bryan Little and Kyle Connor. Mark Scheifele will sit out yet another game so sticking with Laine or Wheeler would be the thing to do as Wheeler’s 75 points is tops on the team. Joel Armia looks to be a punt play here as he joins Wheeler, Laine and Ehlers on the team’s top power play unit. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien looks to be back on top of his game as he has grabbed seven of his 37 points over the last seven games. Tyler Myers has been quiet of late but has still managed to post 34 points this season which isn’t bad as secondary defenseman scoring goes. Winnipeg catches the Flyers without a bona fide goaltender and could come away with the victory this afternoon.

The Flyers have hit a rough spot of late and that is mostly due to having their top two goalies not available to them. They have lost their last five games which has thwarted their plans of taking over the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. They remain in third place with 79 points and will need to get things back on track if they don’t want to lose their hold on the playoff spot that they have eraned so far. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny skate on the top line while Jakub Voracek, Nolan Patrick and Oskar Lindblom skate on the second line. Patrick has seen a bump in ice time as he joins Voracek, Giroux and Couturier on the top power play unit. Giroux leads the team with 80 points while Couturier’s 29 goals is tops on the team. Wayne Simmonds has returned to the line-up and I am not sure why he isn’t back on the second line with Voracek and Patrick. This is how the Flyers were playing better hockey so it wouldn’t surprise me if that move happens if the Flyers were to get off to a bad start this afternoon. Shayne Gostisbehere is the safest option on the blue line as he has recorded half of his 50 points while quarterbacking the team’s top power play unit. Ivan Provorov continues to be a cheaper option as he has grabbed four of his 32 points over the last eight games. The Flyers need to turn things around so a good effort is needed here.

Top Plays

WIN: Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler
PHL: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek

Secondary Plays

WIN: Nikolaj Ehlers, Dustin Byfuglien, Paul Stastny, Kyle Connor
PHL: Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere, Wayne Simmonds, Travis Konecny, Nolan Patrick

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About the Author

  • Tom Woollam (elctrceye)

  • Tom Woollam is a freelance DFS writer and has been a member here at RotoGrinders.com since December 2011. He has played Fantasy Sports for the last 30 years and has been in the daily fantasy sports game for the last four. You can find him on twitter @elctrceye.


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