Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Value Update – February 8

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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 load up. Yellow means grab a couple of players. Red means value plays only.

Calgary Flames at Philadelphia Flyers

Calgary has been one of the hotter teams in the NHL the last couple of weeks having gone 6-1-0 in their last seven games. Admittedly, five of those six wins came at home and the Flames are only 3-4-1 away from home since January 1st. Make no mistake, this is still one of the worst teams in the NHL and it shows with their fourth-worst goal road goal differential in the league. The Flames will need to continue their excellent penalty killing of late (87.5-percent on their hot streak) if they want a chance in this game.

The Flyers have won three straight games and the teams they have beat are Los Angeles, San Jose and Colorado, three playoff teams from the West. Pretty impressive.

Of course, the big reason for the winning streak is Steve Mason. For the last two months, Mason’s save percentage was under .900 and he won half his games. In three games this month, it’s .969 and he’s won all three. When their goalie is making saves at the rate he has been lately – even lower than the rate he has been – the Flyers can beat any team on any night. Bring in one of the worst road teams in the NHL in Calgary and this could be a feast.

This has “letdown” all over it for Calgary; last game before a lengthy vacation on the road in the East in the early afternoon. Hopefully the Flyers don’t let down too.

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Michael Clifford
Michael Clifford was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and is a graduate of the Unviersity of New Brunswick. He writes about fantasy hockey and baseball for XNSports and FantasyTrade411.com. He can be reached on Twitter @SlimCliffy for any fantasy hockey questions. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');