NHL Grind Down: Wednesday, November 28th

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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St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

St. Louis Blues Detroit Red Wings
Jake Allen Jimmy Howard
Record Record
8-11-3 10-11-3
Team Stats 3.05 njd 28.21 78.13 Team Stats 2.75 3.25 24.14 80.56

Game Overview

To start the night off, the St. Louis Blues will head north to battle their former Central Division foe, the Detroit Red Wings. The beginning of the season has been an utter disaster for the Blues as they’ve already felt obliged to fire their head coach Mike Yeo, and the immediate results haven’t been any better under Craig Berube, as they were just taken behind the woodshed by the Winnipeg Jets on their home-ice over the weekend. With all of that said, they’re still very much in play tonight against a rebuilding Detroit team that has allowed 3.25 goals against per game this season and dropped three straight games. The St. Louis offense clearly runs through the top-line duo of Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko. O’Reilly leads the team with 26 points in 22 games and Tarasenko’s 90 SOG has him tied with Alex Ovechkin for the 10th most in the NHL. Zachary Sanford is slated to get a crack as their third wheel, and that puts him in play as a value option. Behind them, Craig Berube has two other forward lines that at least look dangerous on paper. Brayden Schenn will center talented youngsters in Robby Fabbri and Robert Thomas on one line, with Tyler Bozak between David Perron and Patrick Maroon on another. On defense, Vince Dunn continues to own the job as the point-man of St. Louis’ dangerous top power-play unit, though he’s been eerily quiet with just two assists in 12 games during the month of November. Alex Pietrangelo sees a healthy dose of playing time with the second unit and might be the top option from this group tonight as Colton Parayko, who I believe is their most skilled defenseman, didn’t see a single second of playing time with the man-advantage in the Winnipeg game.

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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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