Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: Best NHL DFS DraftKings Lineup for March 8

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMarch 8, 2015

Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds in action during an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Another exciting Sunday is set to hit the DraftKings NHL slate, with six matchups stretching from early in the afternoon to late at night that offer plenty to pick from.

With due respect to the early games between Detroit and Boston as well as Edmonton and Carolina, only the contests starting at 5 p.m. ET, featuring a quartet of interesting games, are included in the below lineup picks. Having just four games to choose from can simplify fantasy drafters' mindsets, as they can pinpoint one or two squads to favor and load up on players from said team. 

Here's the optimal DraftKings NHL lineup for Sunday.

NHL DraftKings Lineup Picks for March 8
Pos.Player (Team)OppLast 10 GamesSalary
CClaude Giroux (Flyers)NJ2 goals, 3 assists$8,700
CMikael Granlund (Wild)COL2 goals, 7 assists$4,200
WBobby Ryan (Senators)CGY3 goals, 7 assists$7,000
WWayne Simmonds (Flyers)NJ5 goals, 2 assists$5,100
WJohnny Gaudreau (Flames)OTT1 goal, 5 assists$4,500
DT.J. Brodie (Flames)OTT2 goals, 1 assist$4,700
DMatt Dumba (Wild)COL4 goals$3,400
GKarri Ramo (Flames)OTT4-2-0, 1.92 GAA$8,100
UTILMartin St. Louis (Rangers)CHI4 goals, 3 assists$4,300

Centers: Claude Giroux ($8,700) and Mikael Granlund ($4,200)

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Philadelphia Flyers star Claude Giroux added his fourth point in his last five games with an assist Saturday in Boston and is a safe bet to continue racking up the points in Sunday's trip to New Jersey. He's averaging two points per game in two contests this season against the Devils, who rank just 20th against opposing centers.

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Not even Giroux has been putting up points quite like the more affordable Mikael Granlund of Minnesota, who is coming off a goal-and-assist performance Friday in Carolina and has nine points in his last 10 games. While Granlund's Wild are red hot having won five straight and had Saturday to rest, they face an Avalanche team on the last half of a road back-to-back after a taxing game in Columbus last night.

Wingers: Bobby Ryan ($7,000), Wayne Simmonds ($5,100) and Johnny Gaudreau ($4,500)

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 6: Mika Zibanejad #93 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his third period goal against the Buffalo Sabres with teammate Bobby Ryan #6 at Canadian Tire Centre on March 6, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via
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Two of the hottest teams of late will show down when the Ottawa Senators host the Calgary Flames, and the most potent scorer on the ice is well worth targeting. Bobby Ryan has a point in three straight games, including goals in two of the three. Oh, and he scored in the Senators' only meeting with Calgary this season and is averaging over a point per game in home games. 

Wayne Simmonds is coming off a quiet game Saturday in Boston, but his other recent performances have been quite boisterous. He still has a whopping five goals in his last 10 contests, and he has scored three times in three meetings with New Jersey during the season. For some reason, the Flyers right winger's salary has drooped from the $7,000 range to $5,100 in the last few weeks—which makes him an even easier selection.

Wayne Simmonds vs. Devils (2014-15)
DateGA+/-SOG
10/92124
12/111005
1/300-11
Hockey-Reference.com

With some big-money picks, begin making up some salary ground with Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames winger has five of his 31 helpers in his last 10 games, and he broke a scoring drought Thursday to net his 16th goal of the year.

Defensemen: T.J. Brodie ($4,700) and Matt Dumba ($3,400)

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Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie has been anchoring the blue line for his team's latest spurt, and his offensive statistics reflect that with two goals and an assist in his last nine appearances. With 23 blocked shots in that span, Brodie is a safe bet for a couple of fantasy points with an off chance for a goal against the Senators—who rank 29th against opposing D-men.

Matt Dumba doesn't have the same type of role in Minnesota, but his stats would make you think he did. Four of his six goals on the season have come in his last 10 games, and a plus-12 rating in that span gives him a real chance to blow up on a bargain $3,400 price tag.

Goalie: Karri Ramo ($8,100)

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Picking a goaltender on Sunday is best served for the last minute with so many teams targeting it as a rest day for their top netminder. But folks should feel safe about picking Flames goalie Karri Ramo between the pipes Sunday against the Senators.

Karri Ramo's Last 4 Games
Date/OppWGAFPTS
3/5: at Boston136.8
3/3: at Philadelphia128.0
2/27: at NY Islanders016.4
2/25: at New Jersey117.2

After giving up just nine goals in five straight appearances for the Flames, including a heroic performance Thursday in a shootout win over Boston, Ramo got a much-deserved rest Friday before an off day on Saturday. That means he should pick up right where he left off, even against a Senators squad that hasn't lost in regulation since Feb. 16.

Ramo gave up two goals in a victory over Ottawa during the teams' earlier meeting this season, and a similar performance Sunday would be coveted with no other surefire goalies to target.

Advanced stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

Steven Cook covers Daily Fantasy sports for Bleacher Report. Follow and interact with him on Twitter.