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Chris Robin

Have you ever heard about the “grind”? Or how about the “hustle”? If you are on social media often then you cannot miss those terms. Buzz words. What do they mean? In all honesty they have become terms of endearment.

If you were at the grocery store and some old lady came up to you and said, “I really respect your grind!” what would you do? It would be shocking no doubt, but I would take it as a sign of respect. Hustling and grinding have become synonyms for hard work and even diligence.

That was just a long-winded way of telling you how much I love the grind. Sometimes people fold under the pressure of long days of writing, researching, and broadcasting. While others thrive on it. We are now two weeks into the NHL season, and I am right on the cusp of starting the long seasonal grind of hockey DFS. Let’s buckle up, dig in and have some fun!

Boston Bruins 1

Boston Bruins

Brad Marchand L1 & PP1
Patrice Bergeron L1 & PP1
Craig Smith L1 & PP2

Boston hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Last time these two teams got together Boston absolutely owned the faceoffs with 46 wins. Boston also had 36 shots on goal. Well Chris, what does that mean for fantasy purposes? Boston was physical from the start and had their way with PIT. I believe that carries over again tonight. Boston will stifle the Penguins offense while the Bruins 3rd and even 4th lines get in on the action!

Minnesota Wild 1

Minnesota Wild

Zach Parise L1 & PP1
Nick Bjustad L1
Kevin Fiala L1 & PP1

The Wild are home tonight playing the Los Angeles Kings. Last time these two got together was mundane. The Wild only scored once and lost to LA 2-1. In fact, Minnesota was dominated in most facets. Only mustering 33 SOG (shots on goal). The only positive was the fact MIN out hit and won more faceoffs. Looking ahead to this evening, the Wild have started to hum in the offensive zone. The o/u tonight is at 5.5, standard, although I do believe they score three times. Perfect time to roster MIN1 while they are deemed, “boring”.

Las Vegas Golden Knights 2

Las Vegas Golden Knights

Jonathan Marchessault L2 & PP1
William Karlsson L2 & PP1
Reilly Smith L2 & PP2

The Vegas Knights welcome in the St. Louis Blues. Their last match-up was nothing shy of outstanding! The shots, hits, penalty minutes and faceoffs won were so evenly matched! However, tonight I believe it will be a little more one sided. In the Golden Knights favor.

Vancouver Canuks 2

Vancouver Canuks

J.T. Miller L2 & PP1
Elias Pettersson L2 & PP1
Brock Boeser L2 & PP1

The Canucks have scored around 3.73 goals per game so far. Their power play is hitting about 26.5% on the year. While their defense is giving up about 4.45 goals per game. Which does not mean much here given how awful the Senators have played this season. I would not be against some OTT1 stacking action here tonight. What I am really after is the VAN PP1. Which also gets us exposure to their top line.

New York Islanders 1

New York Islanders

Anders Lee L1 & PP1
Mathew Barzal L1 & PP1
Jordan Eberle L1 & PP1

Mathew Barzal is leading the Islanders in goals scored with three, three assists and points and six points overall. New York is scoring an average of 1.83 goals per game. In laymen’s terms, that is not good. Every projection for this game I could find, NYI @ WSH, has the Capitols winning big. By several goals. If we look closer, you can see the Caps are giving up 3 goals a game and are only killing off 74.1% of their penalties. When we look at NYI1 all three skaters play on the team’s power play unit. I believe the flood gates open for them in this one. To the tune of two power play goals and two more even strength for a final score of 5-4. I love the idea of stacking WSH2 as well. The more I investigated this game the more I love a full game stack!

Arizona Coyotes 1

Arizona Coyotes

Drake Caggiula L1
Nick Schmaltz L1 & PP1
Conor Garland L1 & PP1

Nothing wild to say here. ARZ1 is only in play for salary relief tonight. Their first line will also give us some exposure to their PP1 unit. Unfortunately, the Anaheim Ducks are around the bottom in killing penalties. The final tonight will be around 3-2 or even 2-1. So, tread lightly knowing ARZ1 is strictly for salary relief.

Here are some core sample lines I am going to be using. Keep in mind these are for entertainment purposes only.

Fanduel 1/28 7p MAIN core 4

Any questions or comments?

Draftkings 1/28 7p MAIN core 4

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