Minnesota Wild (2-1-2) at Buffalo Sabres (0-5-1)
|Date & Time||Monday October 14, 2013, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +108 / Minnesota Wild -119 --- Over/Under: 5
The Minnesota Wild look for their third straight victory as they head to the First Niagara Center to take on the winless Buffalo Sabres.
The Wild were pegged by many as a team to watch out for last season and while they showed signs of life down the stretch, they ultimately missed the postseason and were forced back to the drawing board this offseason. However, it looks as though the Wild were a year premature as they look good so far this season and are aiming for their third straight victory when they take on the Sabres in Buffalo. Ryan Suter continues to be a rock on the Wild blue line and with the offensive load getting spread around Minnesota is making a charge up the standings and should be able to handle the Sabres in this spot. Zach Parise headlines an offensive unit for the Wild that includes Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu and if they can establish some more consistent secondary scoring than Minnesota will be a very tough team to beat.
Buffalo has been abysmal to start the season and while they have been competitive in the majority of their losses, the bottom line remains that they are winless on the year and have just a single point through six games. Buffalo went all in last year and didn’t have the hand to win the pot as they firesaled some big contracts and are likely to do the same this season if they can’t turn things around as they’d prepare for a full blown rebuild. The weird thing is, Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller has looked very sharp to begin the year sporting a 2.29 GAA which is very respectable considering the Sabres are without a victory but the telling stat is in goals for as the Sabres have just six- yes six goals through their first six games which is preposterous and is easily the worst mark in the league. While the Sabres are going to bust through and come away with a win and against a team like the Wild who can go dry in the offensive zone themselves at times could be favourable for the Sabres but Minnesota to me is just too strong defensively to let an already anemic offense break out. I see this being another low scoring affair and I think that plays into the favour of Minnesota.