NHL Grind Down: Friday, February 1st


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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Calgary Flames at Washington Capitals

Calgary Flames Washington Capitals
David Rittich Braden Holtby
Record Record
33-13-5 27-17-6
Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK% Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK%
Team Stats 3.80 njd 22.12 78.22 Team Stats 3.36 3.22 26.88 77.78

Game Overview

The Calgary Flames hit the All-Star break owning the best record in the Western Conference and will look to get the second half off to a nice start when they invade our nation’s capital to battle the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Entering the break, the Flames lived up to their name by winning three straight games and grabbed two points in eight of their last nine games. Up-front, it’s a two-headed attack for Bill Peters. The trio of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm were lethal in the first half of the season, with Gaudreau pacing the bunch with 29 goals and 44 assists in 51 games. These three combined for 19 goals and 27 assists in just 11 games during the month of January and have already proven that they’re matchup proof several times this season. I like them better in GPP’s than cash games, but they’re in play either way. Meanwhile, Matthew Tkachuk is somewhat quietly nearly matching the offensive output of his top line teammates. He posted 57 points in 51 games during the first half of the season and looks very comfortable providing some grit alongside Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund on the second line. These three have plenty of offensive upside and deserve some GPP attention, but with that said, they’ll likely be tasked with some added defensive responsibilites even without Alex Ovechkin to contend with tonight, and that’s worth downgrading them slightly. On defense, Mark Giordano owns a very impressive 52 points in 48 games. He’ll run the show from the point of the top power-play unit alongside Gaudreau, Monahan, Lindholm and Tkachuk where they’ll be anxious to attack Washington’s subpar 25th ranked penalty kill.

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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, 2016 Hockey Writer of the Year & 2018 Hockey Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA). John can be found on Twitter at the username JMBWngFn.

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