Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: NHL DraftKings Ideal Lineup Picks for March 16

Tom Urtz Jr.@@TomUrtzJrContributor IMarch 16, 2015

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14: Brendan Gallagher #11 and P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens confer during a break in the first period against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 14, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The NHL playoff race is really starting to tighten up, and there are only a few more spots up for grabs. There are four important matchups Monday night, including Montreal vs. Tampa Bay and Los Angeles vs. Arizona.

Los Angeles needs to pick up points to keep its playoff dreams intact, and both Montreal and Tampa are trying to secure a top spot in the division. With only four games, you will have to be careful about your picks, because you want to avoid choosing players who could cancel the other out.

As always there is a $50,000 salary cap to keep in mind, so here are some ideal lineup choices for March 16.

Daily Fantasy Hockey Picks for March 16
CJeff CarterAri@LA3.4$7,000
CDavid DesharnaisMon@TB2.2$3,400
WDavid Booth Tor@Edm1.5$4,100
WBrendan GallagherMon@TB3.2$6,000
WCurtis GlencrossWas@Buf2.5$4,800
DP.K. SubbanMon@TB3.5$6,500
DJake MuzzinAri@LA3.1$5,200
GJonathan Quick Ari@LA4.2$9,000
UTILTrevor LewisAri@LA2$3,100

Center: Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings ($7,000) and David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens ($3,400)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings handles the puck during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at STAPLES Center on March 07, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Jeff Carter has been one of the Los Angeles Kings' top players of late, and he could really break out against the Arizona Coyotes. Carter has 24 goals and 52 points in 68 games, and there is a good chance he'll continue his hot streak Monday night. He has six goals in his last 10 games and averaged 3.3 fantasy points per game during that span.

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David Desharnais is a solid bargain pickup, and he's played very well as of late. The Canadiens center has six points in his last 10 games, and he'll provide value for $3,400. By spending less money on Desharnais, you can invest some cap space on other positions.

Wingers: Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens ($6,000) and Curtis Glencross, Washington Capitals ($4,800) 

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 10:  Brendan Gallagher #11 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bell Centre on March 10, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Lightning defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in overtime.
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Brendan Gallagher is having a successful season for the Habs, and he's been very productive lately. The Habs' feisty winger has four goals and eight points in his last 10 games, and he's averaged 3.8 fantasy points per game during that span.

COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 3:   Curtis Glencross #22 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 3, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Curtis Glencross was traded at the deadline, and he has embraced his new life with the Washington Capitals. Glencross has 33 points in 58 games this season, and seven have come in the last 10 games.

The Capitals' top left winger has averaged 3.0 fantasy points during that span, and he should be a factor against the lowly Buffalo Sabres.

Defense: P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens ($6,500) and Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings ($5,200)

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 07:  PK Subban #76 the Montreal Canadiens skates up ice against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 7, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
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P.K. Subban is in the midst of a career year in Montreal, and he's worth every cent of his $6,500 price tag. The Habs' alternate captain has an average of 3.4 fantasy points per game over his last 10 games, and he's also tallied eight points. Subban is playing some of the best hockey of his career, and he should be a factor against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jake Muzzin is quietly having a solid season for the L.A. Kings, and he's tallied 33 points this season. Over the last 10 games, Muzzin has six points, and he's one of the better options available for action Monday.

Goalie: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings ($9,000)

WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 1: Goaltender Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings guards the net during second period action against the Winnipeg Jets on March 1, 2015 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Kings 5-2. (Pho
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Jonathan Quick has played some of his best hockey over the last 10 games, and he is single-handedly pushing the Kings into a playoff spot.

Over the last 10 games, Quick is 6-3-1, and he has a 1.65 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage with two shutouts. He's been one of the hottest goaltenders outside of Carey Price lately, and he's almost guaranteed to shut down the lottery-dwelling Arizona Coyotes.

DraftKings stats and details per its official site.