Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: Best NHL DFS DraftKings Lineup for March 15

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVMarch 15, 2015

Feb 28, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; St. Louis Blues forward David Backes (42) screens Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens (30) during the second period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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NHL daily fantasy regulars will feel like it's Christmas morning waking up for Sunday's DFS slate. For the first time in almost a month, seven games will be on tap for folks to choose from.

Sundays are typically light on strong matchup plays, and the pickings can be slim when only one or two favorable matchups present themselves. But with almost half of the league in action, there are plenty of strong options available for your DraftKings lineups.

NHL DraftKings Lineup Picks: March 15
Pos.Player (Team)OppLast 10 GamesSalary
CDavid Backes (Blues)DAL3 goals, 3 assists$5,800
CKyle Turris (Senators)PHI3 goals, 3 assists$5,100
WVladimir Tarasenko (Blues)DAL4 goals, 7 assists$7,800
WNick Foligno (Blue Jackets)CAR1 goal, 7 assists$5,400
WMark Stone (Senators)PHI3 goals, 5 assists$4,700
DShea Weber (Predators)ANA1 goal$5,300
DLuke Schenn (Flyers)OTT1 goal, 4 assists$3,800
GFrederik Andersen (Ducks)NSH5-4-0, 2.72 GAA$7,300
UTILPaul Stastny (Blues)DAL2 goals, 3 assists$4,800

Centers: David Backes ($5,800) and Kyle Turris ($5,100)

Feb 12, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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A number of St. Louis Blues players are strong picks heading into a favorable game against the Dallas Stars, but David Backes could end up leading the way. He has two goals and two assists in his last four contests, including the team's only score on Saturday, and his Blues will be intent on making up for a 4-1 loss in February to the Stars.

Kyle Turris is an affordable pick who frees up salary for the rest of the lineup, but he's more than capable of stuffing the stat sheet, as he did Friday against the New York Islanders with a goal and four shots on goal. The Philadelphia Flyers rank just 23rd against opposing centers.

Wingers: Vladimir Tarasenko ($7,800), Nick Foligno ($5,400) and Mark Stone ($4,700)

Feb 20, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) as seen waiting for a face-off during the second period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
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Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko is well worth being your most expensive pick in Sunday's slate. With a whopping four goals and seven assists in his last 10 contests, Tarasenko's Blues face a Stars squad that gives up the most points in the league to opposing wingers.

Tarasenko vs. Dallas: 2014-15
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The list of wingers is a hot bed for finding assist dynamos, and Nick Foligno is a chief option in that department with seven helpers in his last 10 contests. He also has put an average of 2.8 shots on goal in that span, and he faces a hapless Carolina Hurricanes team on a three-game skid.

Mark Stone is a great value pick, simply because his stats don't resemble that of a $4,700 winger. With three goals and five assists in his last 10 games, his Ottawa Senators host a Philadelphia team that ranks 23rd in goals against.

Defensemen: Shea Weber ($5,300) and Luke Schenn ($3,800)

Mar 5, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) skates the puck across center ice during the first period against the New York Islanders at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nashville Predators' recent slump means Shea Weber at $5,300 is the most affordable he's been in the last 10 games and likely all season. Only one goal in his last 10 games is the reason why, but Weber's impact on the game and his more than 26 minutes of ice time per game will leave him with plenty of offensive chances.

Luke Schenn is even cheaper at $3,800, but is perhaps a better bet to impact the score line if recent play is any indication. He had a goal and four assists in his last 10 games prior to Saturday, and he is getting more and more ice time as he exerts himself as an offensive force on the blue line.

Goalie: Frederik Andersen ($7,300)

March 6, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) allows a goal scored by Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the third period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Frederik Andersen has been the No. 2 guy between the pipes for the Anaheim Ducks since his return from injury with John Gibson playing spectacularly, but he's a strong bet to start Sunday after Gibson played on Wednesday and Friday.

Two losses in his last two starts and a Sunday matchup with the high-caliber Predators would typically spell doom, but recent play would suggest otherwise, with Nashville losing seven of its last eight before a comeback win Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Sunday will mark the third road game in four nights for the Preds, who will likely be without Pekka Rinne after his Saturday start. The Ducks got the best of their fellow Western Conference powerhouse in their first two meetings this season.

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.