Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: DraftKings NHL Optimal Lineup for December 29

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IDecember 29, 2015

Nov 25, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2015 NHL season resumed over the weekend after a mini-break with several daily fantasy hockey stars continuing strong seasons. But with so many DFS players enjoying the Christmas break, it's hard to keep up with which players are trending.

That's what we're here for. We've selected one player at each position to target for your daily fantasy lineups on Tuesday night. Here's a look at those names and why each should be a lock for DFS domination on DraftKings.

 

Center: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks ($5,800)

Dec 17, 2015; Buffalo, NY, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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Before you call me an idiot, let me explain. Ryan Getzlaf's season numbers have been putrid, but he's trending upward recently. The Anaheim Ducks' first-line center has just two goals this season, but he scored the most recent one in his fifth two-point night of 2015 on Sunday.

His goal and assist against the Philadelphia Flyers continued a trend of four points in his last three outings. Given his 4.8 fantasy point average over that stretch and facing a porous Calgary Flames defense that ranks 30th against centers on DraftKings, Getzlaf is a sneaky-good addition at $5,800.

 

Winger: Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey Devils ($4,700)

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Kyle Palmieri #21 of the New Jersey Devils takes the puck as Shawn Horcoff #22 of the Anaheim Ducks defends on December 19, 2015 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The Anaheim Ducks defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-1.  (
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After suggesting Johnny Gaudreau for the last month, we'll move away from the Flames winger. Not because he's not worthy, but because adding him after scoring five goals over the last two games seems like an obvious choice.

Instead, we'll look at options to balance the lineup so Gaudreau doesn't eat up your salary. Kyle Palmieri, a first-line winger for the New Jersey Devils, is that option. After all, the fifth-year player now has a career-high mark for goals before the midway point of the season, per the Devils PR:

Palmieri has three points over his last two games and faces the same Carolina Hurricanes team he scored a goal against on Saturday. At a low price of $4,700, we're taking a chance on Palmieri to balance the high price of Gaudreau as the top winger.

 

Defenseman: Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues ($6,100)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 21: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues in action against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on December 21, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Kevin Shattenkirk has been another personal favorite over the last few weeks for good reasons. Averaging four fantasy points over his last 10 games, Shattenkirk is torching hot for a defenseman. One goal and seven assists over that stretch will do that.

Even when he's not tallying goals or assists, Shattenkirk is remarkably consistent for DFS owners. His 30 shots on goal and 16 blocked shots during that 10-game span make him a no-brainer addition to any lineup.

 

Goalie: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings ($7,900)

Nov 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) throws water on his face before the start of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Coming off a shutout against the Vancouver Canucks, Jonathan Quick has another favorable matchup against the Edmonton Oilers. But wait, he'll be starting in back-to-back nights. You shouldn't start him, right? Wrong.

The last time he started on consecutive nights, Quick made 24 saves on 25 shots to finish with a win and 6.8 fantasy points. With nine wins in his last 11 starts, the Kings goalie is firing on all cylinders. If he makes the start against Edmonton, shell out the extra salary on this top goalie for Tuesday night.

 

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