Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: Best NHL DFS DraftKings Lineup for Feb. 5

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01:  Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals looks on in the first period during an NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on February 1, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The first Thursday night in February is loaded with several juicy NHL matchups for fantasy players to salivate over. Prior to the start of a full slate on Feb. 5, here's a look at an optimal lineup for DraftKings owners.

DraftKings Fantasy Lineup for Feb. 5
Pos.PlayerOpp (OPRK)FPPGSalary
CNicklas Backstrom@ OTT (17th)3.8$7,000
CDavid Backes@ BUF (30th)3.5$5,500
WT.J. Oshie@ BUF (30th)3.4$5,700
WRadim VrbataSJ (24th)3.7$5,700
WAlex Killorn@ DAL (29th)2.3$4,600
DMike Green@ OTT (30th)3.2$5,500
DTravis Hamonic@ PHI (25th)2.2$4,200
GRoberto LuongoLA (27th)4.4$7,300
UTILPatrick EavesTB (15th)2.2$4,200
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C Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals ($7,000)

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 17: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals handles the puck against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on January 17, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Backstrom Last 10 Games
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For a player who has consistently been a contributor for the Washington Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom is often overlooked. While he comes at a high price, the center is worth it with his recent production.

Facing the struggling Ottawa Senators, Backstrom will excel for daily owners. If the Capitals are going to continue their output from the 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings, they'll need Backstrom to keep up his impressive play.

W T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues ($5,700)

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It took a while for him to get going, but T.J. Oshie finally has the look of a reliable fantasy option. The St. Louis Blues winger had three assists on Sunday against the Capitals. While he didn't replicate that success on Tuesday, he still had over 22 minutes of ice time.

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Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers his take on Oshie's recent play:

Oshie had a five-game scoring streak with seven points over that span before being shut out against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Getting a chance to begin anew versus the porous Buffalo Sabres defense, look for Oshie to get back on the board in a big way.

D Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders ($4,200)

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 29: Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders is pursued by Gregory Campbell #11 of the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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He may be young, but Travis Hamonic has been relied upon more heavily by the New York Islanders recently. With over 20 minutes in ice time in all but one game during January, the 24-year-old looked much more comfortable offensively.

Quietly increasing his production over the last five games, he's had at least two blocked shots in every game and an assist in three of the last four. At such a low cost, expect Hamonic to outplay his value against the Philadelphia Flyers.

G Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers ($7,300)

The last time out, Roberto Luongo gave up five goals and looked dreadful against the New York Rangers. Now that that's out of the way, let's take a look at why he should be started against the Kings.

LA has been awful recently on offense, scoring just one goal in the last two road games. Even with Luongo struggling, he is experienced enough to recover against the Kings. With a .915 save percentage this season at home, the veteran will produce at a reasonable asking price for a goaltender.

UTIL Patrick Eaves, Dallas Stars ($4,200)

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 27:  Patrick Eaves #18 of the Dallas Stars celebrates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL game at the Bell Centre on January 27, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty
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Though he's not one of the biggest names, Patrick Eaves is a quality utility player at his salary. His value has slowly crept up in the last four games with an average of 4.75 points per game. Being on a top line with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn will do that for a player.

Even with the Tampa Bay Lightning playing well recently, they have six goals in their last two road contests. If Eaves can connect with his teammates and continue to block shots, he will make a perfect addition to any lineup as a utility player.

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