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Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Value Update – March 13

Michael Clifford focuses on value when constucting his optimal daily fantasy hockey lineup.

Jiri Tlusty
Jiri Tlusty

Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. Timothy T. Ludwig-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.

Phoenix Coyotes at Boston Bruins

The Coyotes have won four out of their last five games including back-to-back nights on a Florida trip. Phoenix isn’t doing anything different in-game, they’re still getting outshot on most nights. Right now it’s just a fortunate run of puck luck. The power play is rolling for this team right now as they’ve scored four such goals in their last five games (26.7-percent). On the flipside, though, is the penalty kill that has gone just 81.2-percent over those last five games as well. In short, this is a team that has their offensive game clicking but their team defense is still leaving a little bit to desired.

Boston beat Montreal last night 4-1 in Quebec which means tonight is a back-to-back coming home from the road. In such games this year, the Bruins are 4-0 and that includes wins over Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles. In other words, the game situation for this team isn’t one to be overly concerned about. One big lineup note is that Dougie Hamilton was a healthy scratch for the game last night in favour of Andrej Meszaros. Meszaros ended up taking Hamilton’s spot on the second power play unit, so keep an eye close to game time to see who gets the call to the lineup.

These two teams haven’t met so far this year but the Bruins are dominating in almost every facet of the game of late. I’m not usually that high on teams playing on back to back nights, but the Bruins seem to have a roster that can adapt to it very well. I might have a small stack of some Boston players but probably won’t chase goaltender Chad Johnson in GPPs.

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