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On Saturday, Oklahoma will host Kansas. That’s a huge game for the Sooners, as those teams are battling for top spot in the Big 12. Additionally, the Sooners will be looking to avenge an earlier loss at Kansas. That wasn’t just any loss either – it was a triple-OT heartbreaker.
Off that big “revenge” game, the Sooners may have a letdown in their next game, which will be at Texas Tech. After all, they beat the Red Raiders by 24 when the teams played on January 26.
Regularly two of the top teams in the Metro Atlantic Conference, Siena and Iona have long been rivals. Last season, Iona won all three meetings. The Gaels took both regular season meetings and then knocked the Saints out of the MAAC tournament.
Saturday will be this season’s first meeting between Iona and Siena and it’s a game which the Saints have had circled. On Thursday, Siena will host Canisius. Considering that the Saints already beat the Golden Griffins by 21 points, at Canisius, it should be easy to look ahead to Saturday’s showdown. Canisisus snapped a losing streak last time out and will be looking for some redemption after getting embarrassed earlier. Take a look at the Golden Griffins as a road underdog Thursday.
The Nashville Predators are an ugly 10-23 (-12.6) when playing the second of back-to-back games the past few years, including 1-6 this season. They were dominated in those games too, getting outscored by a combined 25-10 margin. Five of the six losses came by multiple goals.
Part of the reason, perhaps, for the Preds’ problems in back-to-back spots is a tendency to give No. 1 goalie Pekka Rinne the night off. He’s only played back-to-back games once this season.
The Preds play Friday night and then again Saturday at Florida. While the Panthers will also be playing their second game in two nights, they’ve been much better than Nasvhille in that situation. The last time that the Panthers played a home game, after playing the previous night, they knocked off Tampa by a 5-2 score. Consider Florida Saturday night.