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December 13, 2013 | 1:07pm ET
Starting Fresh
By Tab Bamford, TheFourthPeriod.com

Fantasy hockey is hitting the mid-season point, and there are managers everywhere that might want Brian Burke to fire them, too. But don't lose hope! There's a daily fantasy contest that can give you a fresh start every Saturday.

This year, The Fourth Period is working with the fine folks at DraftStreet.com. They're offering a free $500 NHL contest for Saturday games only this season that's remarkably easy to join.

This free contest will be salary-cap style drafting where everyone tries to assemble the best team out of the available players. You will have a $100,000 budget to build a team of 2 LWs, 2 RWs, 2 Centers, 2 Defensive players, 1 Goalie, and a FLEX. Each NHL player has been allocated a price based on their expected fantasy performance.

You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Saturday, December 14th at 1:00pm ET at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available.

With that in mind, here are a few players to consider from each matchup this weekend:

Calgary at Buffalo -- Matt Moulson
After Brian Burke's comments in Calgary after letting Jay Feaster go, the entire building is on the hot seat. And while Buffalo isn't setting the world on fire, they're far enough removed from their own GM getting fired to have some confidence in their job security. We'll take Moulson to have a big night.

Los Angeles at Ottawa -- Drew Doughty
The Sens' injury report is brutal right now, and LA is rolling. Doughty's had a strong season to date, and will look to continue it at the expense of the Sens. With Erik Karlsson on the other end of the rink, look for Doughty to have a big night.

Dallas at Winnipeg -- Tyler Seguin
Seguin has been everything Dallas hoped for when they dealt Loui Eriksson to Boston this summer, and he'll travel to Winnipeg this weekend looking to skate circles around the Jets' defensemen.

Chicago at Toronto -- Patrick Kane
With points in 19 of his last 20, Kane is pushing Sidney Crosby for the league lead lately. He's playing the best hockey of his career, and the mash unit on Toronto's blueline could be exposed by his playmaking ability.

Pittsburgh at Detroit -- Sidney Crosby
We just mentioned that Kane is right behind Crosby for the league's point lead, so let's play them against each other this weekend. Detroit just announced Jimmy Howard will miss 2-4 weeks, so look for Crosby to attack early and often.

Tampa Bay at NY Islanders -- Martin St. Louis
The Islanders have fallen apart this season, and have allowed some big individual performances over the last few weeks. While Steven Stamkos has been out of the lineup, St. Louis has emerged as enough of an offensive superstar to keep the Bolts in the playoff race.

St. Louis at Columbus -- David Backes
The easy pick here would be Alex Steen, but David Backes has traditionally owned the Jackets. Columbus is another team that's struggling defensively, and the Blues will look to exploit their former division rival.

San Jose at Nashville -- Joe Pavelski
Pavelski has 16 points on the power play this year, and while the Preds are doing a nice job killing penalties (84.8 percent), they've taken 105 in 32 games. If the Sharks have an advantage, look for Pavelski to cash in.

Carolina at Phoenix -- Mike Ribeiro
Quietly, the Coyotes are distributing the puck exceptionally well this year; seven different players have at least 20 points already on the Phoenix roster. At the top of their list is Ribeiro, who has proven to be a great free agent addition this year with nine goals and 17 assists in 31 games.

Minnesota at Colorado -- Zach Parise
Colorado got off to such a great start this year, but they’ve slipped over the last couple weeks. Meanwhile, Parise is having another strong year and is headed towards a significant leadership role with USA Hockey in Sochi.

Boston at Vancouver -- Milan Lucic
Lucic terrorized the Canucks during the epic 2011 Cup Final, and will get another chance to leave his mark on the Vancouver roster this weekend.

CLICK HERE to sign up for free and join the $500 Freeroll on DraftStreet.com. 


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