2011 NHL Friday Night Hockey – Free Predictions: Red Wings vs Flames
Detroit Red Wings (25-10-5) at Calgary Flames (18-20-3)
Date/Time: Friday, January 7, 2011, 9:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
Broadcast: FS-D (HD), SNET-W (HD)
Red Wings vs. Flames Betting Lines from Sportsbook.com
Spread: Detroit -1.5 (+240): Calgary + 1.5 (-280)
Moneyline: Detroit -135: Calgary +115
Over/Under: 5.5 goals
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It is pretty difficult to see anything good coming out of Calgary right now. The team is bad and now they have to face one of the best teams in the land, Detroit. The long season just won’t subside for the Flames who may be preparing to be kicked when they are down.
Detroit has been forced to play without two of their top offensive performers and have still put together a 5-3-2 record in then and four straight road wins. Henrik Zetterberg and Nick Lidstrom both have eight game point streaks – Zetterberg has 12 in eight and Lidstrom has 10 in his last five. Players like Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi are stepping up and guiding the #1 offense in the NHL (3.5 goals per game).
Defensively, Jimmy Howard has struggled but will be back in goal on Friday. Howard has lost his last two starts while Chris Osgood has won his last two.
The Flames are a mess. Players like Tim Jackman and David Moss are the hottest offensive players on the team! Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Curtis Glencross are pointless in eight games. Jarome Iginla hasn’t scored in three and second leading scorer Renee Borque has one goal and one assist in his last 13 games. Brutal!
The reliable Mikka Kiprusoff has been pretty bad lately and is 0-2-1 against Detroit this year with a 3.65 goals against average. For some reason, he will start for Calgary.
Betting Prediction: Everything is going wrong in Calgary – it is a sinking ship! It will be an embarrassment if Detroit loses this game! Don’t waste your money on the Flames in this one!
DET are 12-4 in their last 16 Fri. games.
DET are 54-25 in their last 79 vs. Northwest.
Under is 9-3-1 in CAL last 13 overall.
Under is 38-16 in CAL last 54 home games.
CAL are 6-14 in their last 20 vs. Central.
Under is 13-4-4 in the last 21 meetings in Calgary.
Pick: Detroit Red Wings -135