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Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild Odds Preview with Prediction

The Minnesota Wild battle the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Thursday in NHL betting odds action at Xcel Energy Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Minnesota Wild in this one found them earlier as -185 favorites on the NHL money line at Bet365. Betting the over under total instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3-2.8 win for the Wild on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Wild currently sport a record of 21-16-3. The Buffalo Sabres are 10-20-9. Betting totals have seen the Wild post a 21-17-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sabres have gone 15-21-3 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Buffalo injuries news.

The Minnesota Wild sit at No. 26 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Buffalo Sabres sit at a No. 30 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Wild No. 16-ranked offense (2.88 goals per game) against a Buffalo Sabres defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.31 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 19.01% rate while the Sabres have a 81.51% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Sabres were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -165 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Panthers on January 02. Bettors who backed the Wild at -163 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Buffalo is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Buffalo is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Buffalo's last 25 games
  • Buffalo is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games
  • Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Minnesota is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Buffalo at Winnipeg, Friday, January 5th
Minnesota at Colorado, Saturday, January 6th