NHL Grind Down: Friday, December 28th


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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Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers

Montreal Canadiens Florida Panthers
Antti Niemi Roberto Luongo
Record Record
19-13-5 15-14-6
Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK% Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK%
Team Stats 3.05 njd 12.73 76.19 Team Stats 3.26 3.49 26.72 78.02

Game Overview

Montreal heads to South Florida tonight to continue their brutal six-game road trip. With that said, they’re arguably playing their best hockey of the season and have posted a 7-3-0 record over their last ten games. Offensively, it’s a two-headed attack for the Canadiens as both of their top two forward lines have proven to be very dangerous. Max Domi leads the team with 35 points in 37 games and headlines the top line as he centers Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron. These three will likely see plenty of Evgenii Dadonov’s pestering defense, but it’s not enough to downgrade them significantly on a three game slate. Drouin and Domi are obviously the preferred options here, but Byron has quietly posted 20+ goals in back-to-back seasons and should benefit from playing alongside two talented linemates. Behind them, Phillip Danault will center Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher on the second forward line. While they’re not quite as consistent of scorers as their top line counterparts, these three have more than enough offensive firepower to erupt for multiple goals this evening. In fact, Brendan Gallagher’s 23.49 iCF60 is second in the entire NHL behind only Alex Ovechkin, proving just how offensively aggressive the 26-year old. On defense, Shea Weber and Jeff Petry should be on your radar as these two share the duties on the point of Montreal’s top power-play unit where they’ll be eager to attack Florida’s subpar 77.8% penalty kill. Weber is known for his cannon slap shot and has not been shy about unleashing it, racking up 41 SOG in just 13 games since returning to action. There was concern that Weber’s return would end Petry’s run as a quality DFS option, but that has not been the case as he actually leads the team with ten points in 12 games during the month of December.

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About the Author

  • John Britt (jmbwngfn)

  • One of the top baseball and hockey analysts in the DFS industry, John Britt aka jmbwngfn is a full-time accountant and family man hailing from St. Louis, Missouri. The proud graduate of the University of Missouri, John’s passion is hockey but he excels at multiple DFS sports. He has made his way to a live final and led the now defunct Daily Joust in NHL wins. He’s also been nominated multiple times for awards for his written work including 2014 Best Fantasy Baseball Ongoing Series, 2015 Hockey Writer of the Year and 2016 Hockey Writer of the Year awards by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA). John can be found on Twitter at the username JMBWngFn.

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