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NHL Hockey Picks: Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings Prediction: February 5th 2013

| February 5, 2013

NHL HOCKEY PICKS FEBRUARY 5TH 2013NHL Hockey Picks: February 5th 2013
Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings
Prediction: Calgary +144

The crowd at the Saddledome was stunned on Saturday night, when the Flames hosted the Blackhawks, who were playing just 24 hrs after a shootout loss to Vancouver the night before. I had Calgary in that game, and the Flames dominated from start to finish, but in the end they got robbed.

They out-shot the Hawks 47-19, and carried the play for the entire game. With a 2-1 lead with just two seconds remaining on the clock, the Hawks tied it to force overtime, and went on to win in a shootout.

Calgary played that game with a level of desperation that you don’t normally see less than 10 games into the season, but with just a single victory so far, you can expect a similar effort in Detroit tonight.

Coach Bob Hartley was pleased with his team’s effort on Saturday: “I see many positive signs all over our game, and it’s just a matter of collecting a couple of wins and growing a little confidence,” coach Bob Hartley said. “If we play every game like we played (Saturday), we’re going to turn our season around, that’s for sure.”

I couldn’t agree more with coach Hartley. A similar effort from the Flames on the road in Detroit tonight should result in a victory. Take the Flames -Jesse Schule

Fairfield vs. Siena College Basketball Prediction & Odds: February 4th 2013

| February 4, 2013

Fairfield vs. Siena OddsFairfield vs. Siena
College Basketball Prediction: Siena +7.5 -110 odds (February 4th 2013)

Difficult choice this evening because of the points involved, but still would take a shot with the Saints at the current price of +7 1/2. Hard to believe but, the Connecticut MAAC unit has jumped out of last place in the conference. They were able to do so after putting together wins over Rider (7-5) and St. Peter’s (2-10). In the MAAC at home Siena is 3-3 SU with opposing Fairfield 3-3 SU on the road. After hovering at 10-10 SU the Stags have won three straight setting the pace against Rider last time out 69-59. Fairfield had 17 points after a turnover and 17 points in second chances. Their aggressiveness simply over took the 11-12 Broncos.

Critical for the Saints is to forge a lead early and then keep pace with the more talented visitor. Siena does bring 4 players to the floor hitting double figures. They have won 7 of 11 in the series going into Charity Night (Bridgeport). Remember, the reason why the Saints have found little respect from Uncle Vegas is their earlier 11 game losing streak. However, former Villanova player (1985 National Championship Team) and assistant coach and current HC at Siena, Mitch Buonaguro will tell you, “I have four sophomore starters.” Obviously, they are just starting to jell into an improved unit after being thrashed early in the season. Over their last three games the offense has perked up putting 71.3 points per on the stat sheet. Defensively, they will continue to use the old Villanova Zone to help frustrate the offensive talent of the Stags. In 4 MAAC victories this season that zone has held the opposition to 61.2 points on average. If they can curtail the Fairfield offense to 75 points (0-3 SU 80-89) they will get the cover with the hefty number. The UNDERDOG is 5-1 ATS the L6 in the series.

Join us for a major move on the NBA card later Monday and our special notes column Tuesday on the junior boards. Also, on Wednesday I will have my FUNDAMENTAL GAME OF THE YEAR. Have a great week everybody, and best of luck!