Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Picks for January 30

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IJanuary 30, 2015

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 10:  David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues looks on during a break in play against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 10, 2015 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)
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After an amazing Thursday night chock-full of NHL action, the work week will end with five games on the docket.

The red-hot St. Louis Blues will take on the Carolina Hurricanes, the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks, the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the New Jersey Devils, the Vancouver Canucks will look to dispatch the Buffalo Sabres and the Nashville Predators will face the Colorado Avalanche.

There are a number of interesting players you could draft in order to create a winning lineup, and here’s a look at the players you should checkmark.

DraftKings Daily Fantasy for January 30
POSPlayerOpponent Price
CDavid Backes@CAR $7,700
CMike Ribeiro @COL $4,600
WAlexander Steen@CAR $8,500
WDavid Perron @NJD $5,200
WAlex Tanguay @NSH $3,600
DDavid Rundblad @ANA $3,100
DKevin Shattenkirk@CAR $5,300
GJake Allen@CAR $7,600
UTILKyle Palmierivs.CHI $4,200
DraftKings

Centers: David Backes ($7,700) and Mike Ribeiro ($4,600)

David Backes is the hottest center in the league right now with 14 points in his last seven games. Backes should have a field day against a very weak Carolina Hurricanes squad and earn you valuable fantasy points in the process.

It is a mystery as to why Mike Ribeiro is valued so low, but that makes things even better for you. The veteran center has 43 points on the season, including five points in the last three games. He has been one of Nashville’s most consistent players this year, and that makes him a valuable asset in a salary-capped fantasy world.

Wingers: Alex Steen ($8,500), David Perron ($5,200) and Alex Tanguay ($3,600)

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 19:  Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues plays with a puck during warm ups prior to playing against the Colorado Avalanche on January 19, 2015 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty
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Alex Steen is David Backes’ running mate, and he has been equally as hot over the last few weeks. Steen also has 17 points in the month of January, and pairing him with Backes to potentially earn double points is a win-win situation.

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 16:  David Perron #39 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 16, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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David Perron has thrived since joining the Pittsburgh Penguins, and he has six goals and nine points in 10 games. Prior to that, Perron had 19 points in 38 games, so it is clear that the change of scenery has helped. The Penguins winger has four points in six games versus New Jersey, and look for him to improve that statistic on Friday.

Last, but certainly not least, is Alex Tanguay of the Colorado Avalanche. The veteran winger has 33 points in 47 games, including eight points in the last 10 games. He’s proven to be a decent fantasy-point contributor, and he’s been one of Colorado’s most successful forwards this season.

Defensemen: Kevin Shattenkirk ($5,300) and David Rundblad ($3,100)

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 25:  Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues and Team Foligno warms up prior to during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on January 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Kevin Shattenkirk will provide solid value coming in at a price tag of $5,300. He’s had 10 points over his last 10 games, and he averages 3.8 fantasy points a game for DraftKings.

There are other options available, such as Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Shattenkirk’s hot streak has been just as good and will continue against an abjectly terrible Hurricanes squad.

David Rundblad should provide even more value at $3,100, as he is now a top-pairing defender alongside Duncan Keith.

The 24-year-old youngster has only 10 points this season, but he has scored points in three straight games. He is trending up, and you should take advantage while he is still a bargain pickup.

Goaltender: Jake Allen ($7,600)

Jake Allen hasn’t played well as of late, but he’s pretty much a lock to pick up a win against the third-worst team in the NHL. The Blues are playing amazing right now, and the Hurricanes can’t score to save their lives.

Allen showed promise earlier this year, and he’s a good goaltender who has fallen victim to inactivity. Since Brian Elliott returned from injury, Allen has spent a lot of time on the bench, but he will get back into the win column on Friday night.

Utility: Kyle Palmieri ($4,200)

ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 11:  Kyle Palmieri #21 of the Anaheim Ducks handles the puck during an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center on January 11, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Anaheim Ducks are playing amazing hockey, and Kyle Palmieri has been a huge part of the team’s recent success. Palmieri has five goals and seven points in the last 10 games, and he continues to be a driving force for Anaheim.

He is a solid utility pickup for $4,200 and can help boost your offense while he’s on a hot streak.