Sabres vs. Wild - 3/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (30-25-10) at Buffalo Sabres (26-31-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +122 / Minnesota Wild -135 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, MSGB
The Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres square off Saturday at the First Niagara Center.
The Minnesota Wild look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Charlie Coyle leads Minnesota with 21 goals, Zach Parise has 21 assists and Thomas Vanek has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their power play chances. Devan Dubnyk has allowed 117 goals on 1,428 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 35 goals on 428 shots. Dubnyk has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Buffalo Sabres could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power plays. Jack Eichel leads Buffalo with 18 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 32 assists and Sam Reinhart has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their power play chances. Chad Johnson has allowed 77 goals on 931 shots faced and Linus Ullmark has given up 46 goals on 541 shots. Johnson has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Wild are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. The Sabres are 16-38 in their last 54 home games and 22-47 in their last 69 games following a win. The Wild are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Buffalo and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
We've made good money over the years fading the Sabres, as they're a team that's just hard to back whether at home or on the road. The Wild are playing solid hockey and have won six of their last seven in Buffalo. Give me the road team and fair price.