NHL Grind Down: Friday, January 11th

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.

The analysis should point you in the right direction, but it is still up to you to decipher the information and make your own selections. Hockey is an extremely high variance sport. The best choice is not always the right choice but following the trends will win you money over time.

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Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes

Buffalo Sabres Carolina Hurricanes
Carter Hutton Curtis McElhinney
Record Record
23-14-6 20-18-5
Team Stats 2.84 njd 18.45 81.91 Team Stats 2.64 2.83 15.84 81.25

Buffalo’s ten-game winning streak is well in the rear-view mirror at this point, and the Sabres have limped their way to a 6-8-4 record in the 18 games since. However, they did pick up a nice 5-1 victory against New Jersey in their last game and star Jack Eichel appears ready to return to the lineup tonight after missing the last three games. His return is huge news for sniper Jeff Skinner, who has thrived alongside his elite playing-making abilities; scoring 29 goals in the 40 games Eichel has played. Highly-touted prospect Tage Thompson looks like he’ll get a crack as their third wheel on the top forward line, and this makes him an intriguing value play, particularly in GPP’s as there is plenty of concern that Buffalo will be chasing the puck most of this game against a Carolina team that always seems to rank as the best puck possession team in the league. With Thompson moving up, it’s gives a significant downgrade to Sam Reinhart who is easily in the midst of his best season yet with 40 points in 43 games. It’s worth monitoring the news following the morning skate for more clarification here. On defense, the pair of Rasmus Dahlin and Rasmus Ristolainen share the duties on the point of the #1 power-play unit and have both already reached 20+ points on the young season. With Carolina’s penalty kill sitting in the middle of the pack in the NHL (80.1%), they’re fine options on this four-game slate, but I’d prefer to treat them as GPP targets. Between the pipes, Carter Hutton figures to be very busy, giving him some massive GPP upside.

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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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