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Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: DraftKings NHL Optimal Lineup for November 3

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVNovember 3, 2015

Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog (92) of Sweden,  is challenged by Carolina Hurricanes' Kris Versteeg (32) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
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Another jammed mid-week slate of NHL games awaits entering Tuesday night, providing one of the best early-season opportunities to rack up winnings on DraftKings.

With nine games on tap, well over half of the league is available to choose from, and there are plenty of mouth-watering matchups that have the ice tilted one way or another. That being said, let's put together an optimal lineup for Tuesday while still leaving you more than enough salary for a strong utility option.

Pos.Player (Team)Opp.FPPGSalary
CCarl Soderberg (Avalanche)CGY2.4$4,200
CLeon Draisaitl (Oilers)PHI8.5$2,600
WGabriel Landeskog (Avalanche)CGY4.0$7,000
WJoel Ward (Sharks)COL3.9$4,300
WTaylor Hall (Oilers)PHI4.8$6,500
DP.K. Subban (Canadiens)OTT3.3$6,000
DAlex Pietrangelo (Blues)LA2.5$4,900
GJhonas Enroth (Kings)STL9.8$6,900
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Forwards

LW Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche ($7,000)

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Gabriel Landeskog is one of the highest-priced wingers with very good reason, averaging nearly three shots and a point per game. He's cooled off somewhat since a season-opening tear but still has four or more DK points in three of the last four games. Against a Calgary team ranking 26th against his position, Landeskog should feast again.

RW Joel Ward, San Jose Sharks ($4,300)

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Sharks right winger Joel Ward is averaging nearly the same fantasy output as Landeskog—only he's considerably cheaper. In place of the injured Logan Couture, Ward has blossomed in San Jose with a hat trick to his name this season, putting his season tally at seven goals. On the Sharks' top power-play line, Ward should dominate against lowly Columbus.

C Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers ($2,600)

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Leon Draisaitl's 2015-16 Season
Date/OppGAFPTS
10/31: CGY128.5
10/29: MON208.5
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Welcome to the biggest steal in daily fantasy of this early season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Leon Draisaitl has immediately come into his own since being called up from the AHL, with 8.5 DK points in each of his first two games—a total of three goals and two assists to his credit. He's logged over 18 minutes and a power-play point in each game. 

Stack Draisaitl with fellow linemate Taylor Hall ($6,500, 4.8 FPPG) for one of the best one-two punches you'll find. On top of that, Edmonton is facing the Philadelphia Flyers—who are on the second game of a back-to-back.

C Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche ($4,200)

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Carl Soderberg's output is a little more tempered than the other forwards on this list, but he's hit three DK points in five of his 11 games—with a goal and five assists. He's breaking through from an early-season slump with points in two straight, and the opposing Calgary Flames rank dead last in DK against centers.

Defensemen

D P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens ($6,000)

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With outstanding goalie Carey Price injured and on the shelf, more responsibility is on P.K. Subban's plate defensively for the Montreal Canadiens. That should allow him to up his blocked-shot totals (just 11 so far), but his incredible 11 assists and 12 points in 13 games should have daily fantasy owners flocking Subban's way yet again.

Goaltender

G Jhonas Enroth, Los Angeles Kings ($6,900)

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It's usually wise to stay away from second-string goaltenders in daily fantasy, but this may be an exception. Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is fresh off losing to Chicago Monday night, meaning Jhonas Enroth is in line for Tuesday's start against the St. Louis Blues. He's done quite well against them as Cristiano Simonetta of Last Word on Sports reported:

The Blues offense can be potent when it is clicking, but it hasn't as of late. St. Louis hasn't scored more than two regulation goals in its last five games, leaving Enroth in position for a strong outing Tuesday in relief of Quick.

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