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Sabres vs. Wild - 1/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Wild (18-19-5) at Buffalo Sabres (14-27-3)
Date & Time Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +136 / Minnesota Wild -150 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
FSN, MSGB
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NHL | Minnesota Wild (18-19-5) at Buffalo Sabres (14-27-3)
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The Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres play Thursday night at the First Niagara Center.

The Minnesota Wild have lost six straight games and end a three-game road trip. The Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have scored one power play goal in their last five games and have lost four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Jason Pominville has 24 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing three goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 661 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 51 goals on 452 shots. The Wild have lost four straight road games.

The Buffalo Sabres are dead last in the Atlantic after losing eight straight games. The Sabres are averaging 1.7 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Buffalo Sabres have scored one power play goal in their last six games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Zemgus Girgensons leads Buffalo with 11 goals, Tyler Ennis has 15 assists and Matt Moulson has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sabres are allowing 3.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Jhonas Enroth has allowed 92 goals on 980 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 52 goals on 570 shots.

The Wild are 11-4 in their last 15 vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sabres are 12-44 in their last 56 vs. a team with a losing record and 16-35 in their last 51 vs. Western Conference. The Wild are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Buffalo and the road team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

Not sure how anybody can pay chalk with a team on a massive losing streak. Give me Buffalo for the sake of the value in a toss up game. 

Pick:
Buffalo Sabres +136

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