Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Ideal Lineup Picks for March 5

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2015

Calgary Flames goalie Joni Ortio makes a save as Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter tries to score during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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Another huge NHL weekend will soon be upon us, and with 16 teams in action Thursday night, we have an opportunity to clean up and play from ahead before the weekend starts.

Contending teams that made moves at the trade deadline will have a chance to field their new lineups as they try to round into playoff form.

There are a number of players who are in excellent position to have big games, and you can insert them into your lineup without exceeding your $50,000 salary cap.

DraftKings NHL Daily Fantasy Lineup for March 5

POSPLAYEROPPFPPGSALARY
CHenrik SedinVan. at Ariz.2.9$5,000
CJeff CarterMtl. at LA3.4$6,400
WBrad MarchandCgy. at Bos.2.9$4,900
WRyan CallahanTor. at TB3.3$5,500
WFilip ForsbergNYI at Nash.3.6$5,000
DTorey KrugCgy. at Bos.2.9$4,900
DMike GreenMinn. at Wash.2.9$4,500
GJonathan QuickMtl. at LA4.2$9,100
UJames NealNYI at Nash.3.3$5,100

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Center: Henrik Sedin ($5,000) and Jeff Carter ($6,400)

Henrik Sedin has been on a Hall of Fame track throughout his career, and he is enjoying a renaissance season in 2014-15 with 15 goals and 44 assists. He has been especially hot lately, scoring six goals and seven assists in his last 10 games to go along with an impressive 28.6 shooting percentage. He's also going up against the lowly Arizona Coyotes, so his scoring chances should come frequently.

Jeff Carter is not going up against a pushover opponent, but the Montreal Canadiens are on a West Coast swing and played last night against the physical Anaheim Ducks and dropped a 3-1 decision.

The Kings should be in a good position to take advantage of the road-weary Habs, and Carter's wicked shot could do much of the damage. Carter is a shoot-first center who has six goals and five assists in his last 10 games, and he will try to unleash his wrister at goalie Carey Price and make life miserable for the netminder.

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 Wingers: Brad Marchand ($4,900), Ryan Callahan ($5,500) and Filip Forsberg ($5,000)

The Boston Bruins have been resting since securing an easy 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night, and that means they should be able to come with one of their sharpest efforts of the season.

In the win over the Desert Dogs, Brad Marchand snapped home a beautiful shot into the top corner of the net from about 25 feet, and he should be able to secure at least a few opportunities against the Calgary Flames, who will be playing the fifth game of a seven-game road trip. Marchand has 18 goals and 34 points for the season and seven points (including three goals) in his last 10 games.

Ryan Callahan's grinding style means he is going to win the battles in the dirty areas on a regular basis. He has 20 goals and 25 assists this season, including nine goals scored on the power play. The Lightning forward has four goals and two assists in his last 10 games, and he scored a goal and an assist when the Bolts hosted the Maple Leafs in their only previous visit to Tampa earlier this year.

Filip Forsberg continues to enjoy a bountiful rookie season with 51 points in 58 games. While he has just two assists in his last 10 games, he had a marvelous rush in Nashville's 3-1 loss at New Jersey Tuesday night in which he made several eye-catching moves before he was foiled by the razor-sharp Cory Schneider. Forsberg is likely to make the suddenly struggling New York Islanders (four losses in last six games) pay.

Schneider makes a fantastic save on Filip Forsberg's shot through a screen. http://t.co/eHv5nBWH3H

— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) March 4, 2015

Defensemen: Torey Krug ($4,900) and Mike Green ($4,500)

The Bruins want to use Torey Krug to trigger their power play, and he is also one of the team's best playmakers when he has the puck in the offensive zone. Krug has 11 goals and 20 assists this season, and he scored a goal against the Flames when the two teams met in Calgary in mid-February. Krug has a goal and four assists in his last 10 games.

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Mike Green remains a dangerous point producer from the blue line, and head coach Barry Trotz is hoping the defenseman can light up the Minnesota Wild. Green has scored five goals and 31 assists this year, including one goal and 14 assists on Washington's potent power play. 

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Goalie: Jonathan Quick ($9,100)

Good goaltending stops good scoring, and we are banking on that axiom holding up as the Kings host the Montreal Canadiens. Quick has been at his best over the past 10 games with an 8-2-0 record that includes a 1.87 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage. The Kings are coming off an easy 5-2 win at Edmonton Tuesday night, while Montreal scored just one goal per game in losses this week at San Jose and Anaheim.

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Utility: James Neal ($5,100)

A bit of a gamble here since the Preds have lost four straight and Neal has just two goals in his last 10 games. However, the Preds return home against an Islanders team that has dropped four of its last six and has allowed 4.0 goals per game in its last two.

Neal is averaging better than 20 minutes per game in his last four games, sees heavy power-play action and has 14 shots on goal in his last three games. He breaks through here.

DraftKings stats and details per official site.