NHL Grind Down: Wednesday, November 7th

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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Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals
Matt Murray Braden Holtby
Record Record
6-4-3 6-4-3
Team Stats 3.54 njd 35.00 86.36 Team Stats 3.77 3.69 37.50 72.22

Game Overview

The night kicks off with a fun battle in our Nation’s capital between two high-flying rivals as the Pittsburgh Penguins will invade the Capital One Arena to battle the Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh enters having just been drubbed by the New Jersey Devils and now having dropped four straight games. With that said, the Penguins have yet to lose a road game in regulation this season (4-0-2 record) and, loaded with offensive weapons, are averaging 3.54 goals per game this season. On top of that, the Captials have also struggled mightily thus far this season in their own end, allowing 3.69 GA/G while also surrendering an Eastern Conference worst 14.61 HDCA/60. Offensively, Mike Sullivan looks like he’s ready to shake things up considering their recent struggles and is perhaps aiming for more scoring depth with his new offensive lines (which is not ideal from a DFS perspective). Sidney Crosby is now slated to be joined by Byran Rust and Dominik Simon on the top forward line, with Evgeni Malkin skating alongside Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqqvist on the second line and Phil Kessel and Jake Guentzel both dropping all the way down to “third line” duties with Riley Sheahan between them. If these lines hold, it’s a fantasy bonus for Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist, while a pretty big downgrade for Kessel and Guentzel. In their first meeting this season, Todd Rierden did all he could to match the Oshie line with Crosby, but it clearly didn’t slow anyone down as these teams racked up 13 total goals in that game. On defense, Kris Letang is the obvious top option and he’ll take the ice owning 12 points in 12 games and averaging nearly 26 minutes of ice-time each night. Behind him, both Olli Maatta and Jack Johnson see a bit of work with the man-advantage, which keeps this in play on such a short slate.

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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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