NHL Grind Down: Wednesday, January 9th


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 Chicago Blackhawks

Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks
Pekka Rinne Cam Ward
Record Record
26-15-3 16-22-7
Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK% Stats GF/GP GA/GP PP% PK%
Team Stats 3.09 14.68 81.55 Team Stats 2.93 3.66 12.12 73.20

It seems like every team is prone to a rough patch over the course of an 82-game season… even the Nashville Predators. The holiday season was rough on the Predators as they dropped their last six games to close out 2018. However, they’re finally getting back to near full health and they’ve righted the ship lately, winning four of their first five games in 2019. After both missing considerable time, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson are both back playing alongside Ryan Johansen on the top forward line. They’re both immediately fine options today and their offensive skills also give Johansen a fantasy boost. These three figure to see a very heavy dose of Jonathan Toew’s suffucating defense tonight, and while it’s a small concern, it’s not worth downgrading them too heavily on such a short slate. These three also join forces up-front on Nashville’s top power-play unit, where they’ll get a crack at Chicago’s abysmal 73.9% penalty kill (the worst mark in the Western Conference). Behind them, they’re still very much missing Kyle Turris as their second line center. In his absence, Colton Sissons will center Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith. Fiala and Smith have both already posted 25 points this season and Sissions quietly has posted four goals and four assists in his last nine games. They’ll likely fly well under the radar tonight, making them fine GPP targets. On the blue-line, Nashville is loaded with talent. P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi all absorb nearly all of the available playing time with the man-advantage and that secures them all as terrific options tonight considering that horrendous 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 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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