NHL Grind Down: Tuesday, October 30th


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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New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Islanders Pittsburgh Penguins
Robin Lehner Matt Murray
Record Record
5-4-1 6-1-2
Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK% Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK%
Team Stats 3.22 njd 21.74 75.00 Team Stats 4.44 2.78 35.00 86.36

The Pittsburgh Penguins are finally starting to fire on all cylinders. After a somewhat slow start for their standards, they erupted for five goals against the Canucks in a dominant 5-0 win after beating Calgary 9-1 the day before. This marks 20 goals as a team in the past three games, and they now come home to a juicy matchup against the Islanders. Sidney Crosby had been slumping through the first six games as he failed to record a goal. Three games later and five goals later, Crosby is back to normal, but this is to be expected from one of the best player to ever play the game.

The Penguins will look to build on their recent string of incredible success, and they are now priced the way they should be. Given how good they are playing, the Penguins are a team that we need some exposure to in some facet today, even if you just have a one-off. Considering that Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel play together, while Crosby plays with Guentzel and Simon, it is hard to justify playing all three at their salaries.

It is never fun when a team’s top powerplay consists of players from three different lines, as it makes it tough to narrow things down, especially at the Penguins’ price-points.

Because of this, Kris Letang is usually a great way to get exposure to the powerplay and a fun player to pair Crosby, Malkin, or Kessel with. However, Kris Letang is a game time decision tonight.

If he is out, my best guess would be that Olli Maatta would fill his role on the top powerplay unit, and would be one of the top value plays of the whole slate, as the Penguins powerplay is one of the most lethal ones in the NHL annually, and they sit at 29 percent which is good for fifth in the NHL so far in this very limited sample size.

Maatta would be a great way to get exposure to this lethal offence if you don’t want to pay their hefty price tags.

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  • Warren Kosoy (billsfan777)

  • billsfan777 has had multiple live final appearances and has numerous tournament wins in MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA . Born and raised in Toronto, the Leafs fan can be found on twitter talking hoops, NFL and the NHL @billsfan777dfs.

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