Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Ideal Lineup Picks for February 2

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IFebruary 2, 2015

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders battles for a faceoff with Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Although it is hard to top the Super Bowl, the NHL is back in action with three games Monday including the New York Rangers vs. the Florida Panthers, the San Jose Sharks vs. the Edmonton Oilers and the Winnipeg Jets vs. the Calgary Flames.

Although there are only three games on the docket, there are a number of great opportunities to take advantage of, and here are your ideal lineup picks for February 2.

Daily Fantasy: DraftKings Lineup for February 2
CBryan LittleWpg @ Cgy$4,800
CDerek StepanFla @ NYR$5,600
WAndrew Ladd Wpg @ Cgy$7,400
WBenoit PouliotEdm @ SJ$3,800
WChris Kreider Fla @ NYR$4,700
DDennis WidemanWpg @ Cgy$5,800
DAaron Ekblad Fla @ NYR$4,400
GHenrik Lundqvist Fla @ NYR$9,200
UTILMathieu PerreaultWpg @ Cgy$4,300

Centers: Bryan Little ($4,800) and Derek Stepan ($5,600)

Down the middle, you should pick up two value centers that have been on a hot streak over the last 10 games. Bryan Little has three goals and four assists for seven points and has 38 points on the season as a whole. He’s been a solid contributor for the Jets, and he can provide some quality value at a price tag of $4,800.

Derek Stepan has been just as good with seven points in his last 10 games, and he has 32 points in 34 games this season. The Rangers’ pivot tallied two points against the Panthers earlier this season, and he should be able to replicate that success Monday night. Stepan is in the midst of his best season, and he's a center most people sleep on.

Wingers: Andrew Ladd ($7,400), Chris Kreider ($4,700) and Benoit Pouliot ($3,800)

Andrew Ladd has been one of the Jets’ hottest forwards with nine points in his last 10 games, including three goals and six assists. The Jets captain has 42 points in 51 games this season and continues to come through in the clutch. With 12 points in 15 career games vs. the Flames, Ladd is a solid bet to produce Monday night.

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Chris Kreider of the Rangers is a great bargain at $4,700, and he’s tallied seven points in his last 10 games, including four goals. The Rangers’ sophomore winger has only 25 points this season, but he’s certainly starting to turn things around after getting over the sudden death of his grandfather.

The last winger to pick up for the bargain rate of $3,800 is Benoit Pouliot. The 6’3” winger is in his first season with the Edmonton Oilers, and he’s played better over the last 10 games than he did in the first 22.

Seven of Pouliot’s 11 goals have come in the last 10 games, and snagging him for $3,800 is a great deal while he’s in the midst of a hot streak.

Defensemen: Dennis Wideman ($5,800) and Aaron Ekblad ($4,400)

To best use your funds, it makes sense to pick up Dennis Wideman of the Flames and Aaron Ekblad of the Panthers.

Wideman is a veteran offensive defender with seven points in his last 10 games and 29 total points this season. He isn’t as proficient as Mark Giordano offensively, but you cannot go wrong by spending just $5,800.

To complete the pairing, do yourself a favor and pick up rookie sensation Ekblad.

SUNRISE, FL - JANUARY 27:  Aaron Ekblad #5 of the Florida Panthers passes during a game against the Detroit Red Wings at BB&T Center on January 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Ekblad is coming off an amazing month of production, and he’s recorded seven points in 10 games. The Panthers rear guard has 28 points in 47 games this year, and he’s bound to finish as a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie.

Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist ($9,200)

New York's Henrik Lundqvist is the most expensive netminder in play Monday night, but he’s worth the investment because of how he’s played this season.

King Henrik is 7-3-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .946 save percentage over his last 10 games, and not even a shot to the throat can knock him off his game.

Utility: Mathieu Perreault ($4,300)

Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault is on fire, and his play as of late has come out of nowhere. In the last nine games, Perreault has found twine eight times, and he’s added three tallies for 11 total points.

He is averaging 4.9 fantasy points per game over the last nine games, and he should continue his hot streak against the Flames.

DraftKings stats and details per official site.

NHL stats via The Hockey News and Hockey-Reference.