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Daily Fantasy Hockey 2015: DraftKings NHL Optimal Lineup for November 25

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer INovember 25, 2015

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks (l) scores at 15:11 of the second period against the New York Islanders and is joined by Artemi Panarin #72 (c) and Jonathan Toews #19 (r) at the Barclays Center on October 9, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The game is the first for the Islanders in their new arena.  The Blackhawks defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NHL fans might already be prepping for Thanksgiving, but there's a massive slate of games for daily fantasy hockey fans on Wednesday night. With 13 matchups to pick apart, DFS players have plenty of roster choices to make.

You know what? We'll help you out with those grueling decisions while you focus on finally picking up that ham you promised your wife you'd get days ago. Here are a few players to lock into every optimal lineup for November 25 to make some extra dough for the holiday season.

Center: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks ($6,400)

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Jonathan Toews isn't putting together a massive season like Blackhawks fans are used to, but he's been heating up recently. Five points in his last six games on 17 shots over that span proves he's not shying away from filling up the stat sheet.

Chicago's captain is finally rounding back into form and still comes at an affordable price. While John Tavares or Joe Pavelski might be enticing, Toews at over $1,000 less against the San Jose Sharks is the smarter option for owners looking to build a balanced lineup.

Winger: Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks ($5,700)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Artemi Panarin #72 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on October 9, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The game is the first for the Islanders in their new arena. The
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Yes, we're sticking with the Blackhawks for the second player as well. With a favorable matchup against San Jose, stacking Artemi Panarin with Toews is a solid strategy.

Panarin hasn't been especially productive in the last two games, but he is still a first-line player at less than $6,000. Playing alongside Patrick Kane, Panarin will always have opportunities to tally assists while also getting open looks with defenses zeroing in on his teammate.

While he might not return to his 11 points in eight games to start November, he will still shine on one of the most productive lines in the NHL. Tab Panarin as a second winger and feel confident he'll get back on the stat sheet.

Defenseman: Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes ($5,900)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 23:  Justin Faulk #27 of the Carolina Hurricanes passes the puck in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 23, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Quick! Who leads the NHL in power-play goals? Patrick Kane? No. Jamie Benn? No. It's actually not an offensive player at all. Justin Faulk, the Hurricanes' do-everything defenseman, is pacing the entire league in PPG this season.

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.@JustinFaulk27 is the first d-man in more than a decade to score 8 PPG in the 1st 20 games of a season. https://t.co/X9EEYQ9rws

With over 24 minutes on the ice in nine of his last 10 games, Faulk is one of the best offensive options at the position. Faulk is riding high for the Canes with a six-game scoring streak and nine points in his last eight. Going against a porous Edmonton Oilers defense, expect great numbers from Faulk.

Goalie: Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning ($7,700)

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save against the Calgary Flames at the Amalie Arena on November 12, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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If you have the extra $600 sitting around, maybe Henrik Lundqvist is a great option. For those who would rather spend that on an elite scoring threat to tack onto their lineup, Ben Bishop is the perfect target.

Bishop is coming off his best start of the season in a shutout victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Sure, he was peppered by the Florida Panthers in mid-November, but he has won three of his last four starts. Back at home against a Los Angeles Kings team that has lost two of its last three on the road, look for Bishop to prove himself again for DFS owners.

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