NHL Grind Down: Monday, December 31st


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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Nashville Predators at Washington Capitals

Nashville Predators Washington Capitals
Pekka Rinne Braden Holtby
Record Record
22-15-2 24-10-3
Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK% Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK%
Team Stats 2.95 njd 14.68 81.55 Team Stats 3.57 2.84 26.88 77.78

Just when it looked like the Predators were getting a little more healthy Kyle Turris shows up to practice in a walking boot. Filip Forsberg looks to be out for this one as well so Nashville will have to rely on Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Hartman to fill the holes if they want to break their six-game losing streak. The good news is that the Predators scored more than two goals for the first time over the last six games in their 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. Hartman will skate with Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson on the top line while Jarnkrok, Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith will try to shore up things from the second line. Johansen leads the team with 25 assists and 31 points so this should bode well for Arvidsson moving forward as he has snared eight goals to go along with five assists in the 15 games he has suited up for. Defensively look for Roman Josi to be the constant on the back line as his five points over the last six games has just added to his seasonal total of 28 points. P.K. Subban has yet to get back on track since his return to injury so looking at Mattias Ekholm and his 23 points may be a better secondary option from the blue line.

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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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