Important Resources for Building The Best Lineups

Every day I do about an hour of research for DailyHockeyLineups.com. During this research I look at many different websites in order to make the best possible choices. Below you will find a list of different websites I use along with details about each website.

Number 1: LeftWingLock.com

Left Wing Lock (LWL) is a great daily resource for up to the minute information about lineups and goalies. LWL is best known for their starting goalies page. This is a great page to check which goalie is starting for which team. There is also a "Sit or Start Meter" which uses a scale from 0-100 to show how much impact a goalie will have on fantasy hockey on a particular night.

There is also another feature that some people may miss. Do you see how it says "back to back" under each goalie? Well that tells you if that team is playing back to back games or not. If the first "back" is orange that means they are playing their first night of a back to back, and if the second "back" is orange that means they are playing their second night, as shown above.

LWL also has great tools for looking at starting lineups. The lineups are updated daily, and you can go back and look at lineups that teams have used in the past. The only downside to the way LWL shows their lineups is that the power play lineups are on a different page than the even strength lineups.

Number 2: DailyFaceoff.com

I use Daily Faceoff (DF) which is another great daily resource. When you are stacking lines it isextremely helpful to have reliable starting lineups for teams. DF has the best line combinations pages. They are clean to look at, and have some great features that LWL does not have. The reason I love DF is because theyshow a team's starting lineups on the same page that they show power play lineups. This is again, very helpful when trying to choose player combinations that will synchronize well during games.

Another great feature of DF is that they provide detailed information about each player. This means that you can click on a player's name and there will be updates about any injuries or absences the player might have. This is helpful when trying to figure out which goalie is starting.

Speaking of starting goalies, DF has its own starting goalies page. Although the starting goalie information is helpful, I find that LWL has a much better layout and overall feel, so for starting goalies I recommend LWL.

Number 3: Covers.com

Odds are a great way to get a sense of which team will win and which team will lose on any given night. Covers is a great website to view NHL odds and percentages. When choosing a goalie, it's not only enough to know the goalie is starting. You want to make sure you pick a winning goalie, and thats where Covers comes in. In addition to odds, Covers shows a bunch of other stats as well.

Covers is great because of their matchup stats. If you click "Matchup" it will bring you to a page that gives detailed information about how those two particular teams play against each other. On this page you will find stats for the last ten times these two teams played against each other. With all this information you should be able to make any difficult decisions you needed to make while creating your lineup.

With all this new information you should have much more success creating lineups in the future. For the best use of the information above, I suggest using LWL for looking at starting goalies, DF for starting lineups, and Covers for odds and matchup stats. Good luck choosing your next lineup!