Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Ideal Lineup Picks for March 9

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IMarch 9, 2015

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 16:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 16, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. Rangers defeated the Islanders 6-5.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The NHL has only five games on tap for Monday, but there are some interesting matchups you should monitor, and some you should avoid for the best chance at overall success.

There are some players who are just too hot right now to ignore, and it is worth it to devote a significant portion of your precious cap space to draft them.

As always, you need to keep your overall total at or under $50,000, and the lineup below offers a balance of scoring from a multitude of price brackets. Without further delay, here are your ideal lineup picks for March 9.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks for March 9
CPavel Datsyuk vs. EDM3.8
CJohn Tavares @ TOR4.5
WTomas Tatar vs. EDM3.3
WNail Yakupov@ DET2.1
WJ. Abdelkader vs. EDM2.6
DJohnny Boychuk @ TOR3.6
DNiklas Kronwallvs. EDM2.6
GFrederik Andersen@ VAN4.9
UTILHenrik Sedin vs. ANA2.8

Centers: Pavel Datsyuk ($5,400), Henrik Sedin ($4,600) and John Tavares ($9,000)

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings handles the puck during a game against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center on February 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings are set to take on the struggling Edmonton Oilers, and The Magic Man has been hot lately.

Datsyuk has 13 points in his last 10 games, and he's averaged 5.3 fantasy points per game during that span. He has 52 points in 52 games this season, and he should add to that against Edmonton.

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 3: Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal and his 900th NHL point during their NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena March 3, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NH
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Henrik Sedin has quietly had an amazing season for the Vancouver Canucks, and most people look past him and his $4,600 price tag. He has 60 points in 65 games, and 14 have come over the last 10 games. He's tallied 4.4 fantasy points per game during that span, and that's a true bargain value for the utility spot.

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 7: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at the BB&T Center on March 7, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
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John Tavares may cost $9,000, but it is a solid investment when you consider that the New York Islanders' captain has really put his nose to the grindstone recently.

He leads the NHL in points with 70, and Tavares has 14 points in his last 10 games. He's averaged 5.4 fantasy points per game during that span, and he shouldn't have a problem continuing his climb to the top against the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wingers: Tomas Tatar $4,600 and Nail Yakupov ($3,900)

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 18:  Tomas Tatar #21 of the Detroit Red Wings reacts after scoring the game winning goal in the shoot-out against the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL game at the United Center on February 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by
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I decided to allocate a majority of the salary cap to centers, so the wingers listed here are under $5,000 in average value. Tomas Tatar at $4,600 is a great value because he's a 25-goal scorer with seven points in his last 10 games.

According to Hockey Reference, Tatar is coming off of a month in which he had 11 points in 11 games, and that should continue during the month of March.

EDMONTON, AB - FEBRUARY 21: Nail Yakupov #10 of the Edmonton Oilers skates on the ice during the game against the Anaheim Ducks on February 21, 2015 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Nail Yakupov is a solid bargain at $3,900, and he's got a low salary because he's had a disappointing season. Despite his down year, Yakupov has performed well lately. In his last nine games, he has three goals and seven points. He's averaged 3.2 fantasy points per game during that span, and that is a solid value for a low-cost winger.

Defense: Johnny Boychuk ($5,100) and Niklas Kronwall ($3,900)

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 5: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Nashville Predators during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on March 5, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Ge
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Johnny Boychuk is having a great year for the New York Islanders, and Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has to regret making the deal that sent Boychuk out of Beantown.

The Islanders' rear guard has six points in his last 10 games and a fantasy points-per-game average of 3.7. Boychuk hasn't disappointed yet, and he will have an opportunity to improve his production against the Maple Leafs.

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 16: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings passes the puck during a NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 16, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Canadiens defeated the Wings 2-0. (Photo by Dave Reg
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Niklas Kronwall has been an ox for the Detroit Red Wings this season, and at $3,900 he's an absolute steal. The Detroit Red Wings' veteran defender has seven points in his last 10 games and 37 on the entire season. According to Hockey-Reference, Kronwall has 17 points in 27 career games versus Edmonton, and that's his fourth-best total against an individual NHL team.

Goalie: Frederik Andersen ($8,700)

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 03:  Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks gets ready to make a save against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 3, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Jaroslav Halak was originally listed, but he will be on the bench against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Therefore you should go with Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks, because he's 30-9-5 this season. He averages 4.9 fantasy points per game, and his ability to consistently win games makes him a valuable commodity.  

DraftKings stats and details per its official site.  


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