I will mention that 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.
Games are color-coded as follows:
Green means stack for GPPs. Yellow means targets for cash games. Red means value plays only.
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
The Flyers have lost five of their last six and are starting to lose ground in the playoff race; Columbus is just two points back of this team (and they’re lucky they aren’t tied). Part of the problem is the power play that has gone just 10-percent in those six games. They have been pretty close games though, as two of those losses were in the shootout, so their actually goal differential for those six games is just minus-3. Not terrible considering they lost five of six. They have been shut out in back to back games though and that is a big concern, streaks and percentages at this time of year are more important than anything.
The Bruins went 15-1-1 in March to have an absolutely exceptional month. They have lost their last two games though, despite out-playing the opposition. Sometimes in the NHL, regardless of how well a team plays, they will lose games; the Bruins outshot their opponents by an average of 11 per game in those two losses. All it really means is that whoever starts in net should be avoided, but the skaters should still produce.
Boston has won both meetings with the Flyers this year and have scored nine goals along the way. The Flyers have only scored four (despite 78 shots on goal). The Flyers should score a couple of goals themselves. I will avoid both goalies and look at the power play lines of both teams.
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