Daily Fantasy Hockey DFS Value Update – April 24

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville Brace Hemmelgarn 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.

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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.

Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings

The big news out of this series is that Henrik Zetterberg has been skating with the team for practices and he was being checked out by team doctors this morning. If he gets the medical clear, Zetterberg will return for the Wings tonight.

I don’t want to say that my outlook on the rest of this series hinges on one player, but my outlook on the rest of this series hinges on one player. If Zetterberg comes back tonight, the Wings stand better than a puncher’s chance of not only winning tonight, but winning the series. Of course, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

The Bergeron line still hasn’t had an offensive break out yet, considering the goals they’ve combined for have been on the power play and an empty netter. Typically, it’s tough to figure out who to target for Boston, but for now I would say focus on the Krejci line above all else. It is curious that this team has gone 3-for-8 on the power play in this series, though.

Tuukka Rask has given up only two goals on 82 shots so far this series, meaning I’m not so high on Red Wings players. In fact, with just nine goals in this series altogether, there’s not a lot to lean on in DFS. I’d rather just look at Jimmy Howard in net for GPPs and otherwise cheap options. Also, at practice this morning, the Wings had Todd Bertuzzi in front of the net for the top power play unit.

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Loui Eriksson(BOS)


Gustav Nyquist(DET)


Riley Sheahan(DET)


Dougie Hamilton(BOS)


Todd Bertuzzi(DET)


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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');