Patrice Begeron
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Patrice Begeron
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

I generally do not pick two players playing against each other in the same game for a daily fantasy hockey lineup. The same applies for a goalie and a player from opposite teams. You might see two players among the “value picks” from opposite teams, but that doesn’t mean you should take them both. No matter the value, you’re also likely cannibalizing points, so any gains made below a certain price point – the point where production and cost intersect – can be lost if production declines overall as well.

There are many things that determine value: The player’s history (both short and long-term), the price, recent production, opponent, line matching at even-strength, power play time and injuries are just some of the factors to consider. The “Top Value” doesn’t necessarily mean the cheapest player, either.

Finally, as far as goalies go, it’s the one position I’ll pay through the nose for if I really like the match-up. The same applies for back-ups with good match-ups. In a given night, with a full slate of games, I won’t have more than three different goalies across all my lineups, usually two. I’ll name the goalies I like specifically in the match-ups they appear in.

Here is today’s slate of games (and DraftStreet values). Reminder: check Left Wing Lock for up-to-the-minute information on starting goalies.

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Games are color-coded as follows:

Green means stack for GPPs. Yellow means targets for cash games. Red means value plays only.

Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins

Washington lost back to back games to Philadelphia after beating Boston, and they’ve allowed 11 goals against in those two games. The power play has been lethal of late, converting seven chances in their last four games, but the penalty kill has been awful since the break, going 64.7-percent in those four games. The team made a splash at the deadline with the acquisition of goaltender Jaroslav Halak. It’s likely he gets the start in net tonight, but I’m not sure how much of a difference he makes considering how bad this team is defensively.

The Boston Bruins have won their last two games since losing to Washington last week and have scored 10 goals in those games. The impressive part is that none of those 10 goals came on the power play. Those even strength goals are a boost to everyone’s value because of plus/minus ratings. The Bruins did acquire defenseman Andrej Meszaros yesterday from Philadelphia, but I’m not sure that cuts into the power play time of anyone else. It is a situation to monitor though.

As mentioned, Washington beat Boston on Saturday at the TD Garden. That game featured that deadly Washington power play and that ended up being the difference in the game. I expect Boston to have that power play set up fully scouted by now. Washington played last night and is on the road against the best team in the East; I’ll stack the Bruins tonight.

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