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

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IMarch 2, 2015

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 11:  Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks grabs the puck as Chris Tanev #8 of the Vancouver Canucks skates behind during the NHL game at the United Center on February 11, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Today is Monday, March 2, a day that many NHL fans have circled on their calendars because of the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. A number of players have been traded already, and more deals will certainly be completed by Monday afternoon.

In addition to Monday being deadline day, it is another great day to field a lineup for daily fantasy hockey with DraftKings. There are six teams in action and a number of players you should definitely pick up as long as they fit your $50,000 salary cap.

Without further delay, here are your ideal lineup picks for Monday's action. 

DraftKings NHL Daily Fantasy Lineup for March 2
CJoe ThorntonMon@SJ2.9$4,000
CDerek Stepan Nsh@NYR3.4$5,100
WMarian Hossa Car@Chi3.4$5,900
WBrendan GallagherMon@SJ3.2$8,000
WKevin Hayes Nsh@NYR2.1$3,600
DDuncan KeithCar@Chi3$5,200
DAndrei Markov Mon@SJ3.3$5,800
GCorey CrawfordCar@Chi4.7$8,800
UTILAntoine Vermette Car@Chi2.3$3,500

Center: Joe Thornton ($4,000) and Derek Stepan ($5,100)

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks in action against the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on February 26, 2015 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Joe Thornton is an amazing center who keeps on producing year after year, and he's tallied 52 points in 59 games this season. The San Jose Sharks' top pivot has eight points in his last 10 games, and for $4,000, you can ensure you will get a solid return on your investment.

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Derek Stepan, like Joe Thornton, is a value center who will provide a nice return on your investment. The New York Rangers pivot is having a career year, and he has nine points in his last 10 games. During that span, he's averaged 3.6 fantasy points per game, and that is higher than his season average of 3.4.

Wingers: Marian Hossa ($5,900) and Brendan Gallagher ($8,000)

Marian Hossa is an enigma who keeps proving his worth to the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite the fact that he is aging, Hossa has 10 points in his last 10 games and 46 points this season. He's averaged 4.2 fantasy points per game over the last 10 games, and that's a great number for a 36-year-old winger.

Brendan Gallagher has been red-hot over the last 10 games, and he's averaged 4.4 fantasy points per game while recording five goals and five assists. The Montreal Canadiens right wing continues to improve, and with 38 points thus far, he's on pace to surpass his career high of 41 points set last season.

Defensemen: Duncan Keith ($5,200) and Andrei Markov ($5,800)

WINNIPEG, CANADA - FEBRUARY 6: Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks plays the puck up the ice during second period action against the Winnipeg Jets on February 6, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Hawks defeated the Jets 2-1 i
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Duncan Keith is a talented defender for the Chicago Blackhawks whose workload will become a bit more balanced after the addition of Kimmo Timonen. Keith has averaged 3.1 fantasy points per game over his last 10 games, and he's totaled six points during that span.

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 08: Andrei Markov #79 of the Montreal Canadiens skates against the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on February 8, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Andrei Markov is one of the NHL's hottest defensemen over the last 10 games, and he's worth picking up for $5,800.

Markov has nine points in his last 10 games and a 4.2 fantasy points-per-game average during that span. He continues to impress for the Canadiens, and with 39 points, he is on pace to surpass the 43 points he tallied last season.

Goalie: Corey Crawford ($8,800)

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Goaltender Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates back to the net after a break in the action against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on February 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NH
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Corey Crawford has played pretty well for the Blackhawks as of late with a 5-3-2 record in his last 10 starts. During that span, he's posted a 2.37 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

The Carolina Hurricanes haven't been a great team this season, and Crawford should have no problem earning a win on Monday night.

DraftKings stats and details per official site.