In a matchup between two teams with different aspirations this year, the Minnesota Wild are hosting the Buffalo Sabres in Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN on December 16, 2021.
- Minnesota Wild vs Buffalo Sabres
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 16/12/2021
- Starting time – 8 PM ET
- Venue: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Wild Stats & Form
The Minnesota Wild are having a fantastic season so far as they are leading the Western Conference with a 19-8-1 record. Minnesota has dropped the last two games after winning the previous eight. This is only the third time this year the Wild to lose consecutive games.
In their last one, they lost 6-4 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
Alex Goligoski, Mats Zuccarello, Nick Bjugstad and Marcus Foligno scored for the Wild. Cam Talbot stopped 30 shots. Minnesota has scored a power-play goal in five straight games and has scored on six of its last 17 attempts.
The Wild are 10-2-0 at home. Minnesota averages 10.4 penalty minutes per game, the third-most in the Western Conference. Marcus Foligno leads the team serving 48 total minutes. Ryan Hartman leads the Wild with a plus-20 in 28 games this season. Kirill Kaprizov has 14 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
Minnesota Wild News
Defenseman Jonas Brodin is the only injured player in Minnesota and he might return tonight against Buffalo.
Buffalo Sabres Stats & Form
The Buffalo Sabres are having another disappointing season as they are sixth in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 9-15-4 record. After dropping seven straight games, the Sabres won their last one, 4-2 against the Jets in Winnipeg.
Rasmus Dahlin scored twice and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 32 shots. Anders Bjork and Jeff Skinner also scored for the Sabres who are 1-5-2 in their last eight games. Tage Thompson and Victor Olofsson each had two assists.
The Sabres have gone 3-7-2 away from home. Buffalo has given up 14 power-play goals, killing 79.7% of opponent chances. Kyle Okposo has 19 total points while scoring six goals and totalling 13 assists for the Sabres. Jeff Skinner has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
Buffalo Sabres News
Alex Tuch, Dustin Tokarski, Casey Mittelstadt, Drake Caggiula and Craig Anderson are all out of tonight’s game against Minnesota.
Minnesota Wild vs Buffalo Sabres Head-to-Head Stats
The Minnesota Wild have won three of the last five and six of the last ten against the Buffalo Sabres. These two haven’t faced each other since November 2019 when Minnesota won 4-1.
Seven of the last ten games between Minnesota and Buffalo have finished under 5.5 goals.
Minnesota Wild vs Buffalo Sabres Betting Odds
The Minnesota Wild are huge favorites to win tonight with the odds set at -206, while the Sabres are at 435. The draw is at 420.
The total goals margin is set at 5.5 with -119 to go over and -103 for under.
Minnesota is eager to stay on top of the Western Conference and will not allow losing that in a game against one of the worst teams in the league. The Wild have won 10 of their 12 games at home and this will be another dominating performance for Dean Evason’s team. Buffalo has only three wins in 12 games on the road this season.