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NHL Game Preview - Sabres underdogs vs Wild at Minnesota

Buffalo Sabres

Minnesota Wild
11-25-4 January 02, 2014, 08:00 PM | Xcel Energy Center 20-17-5

NHL wagering interest swings to the Minnesota vs Buffalo battle on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center as the Wild try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Wild bring a 20-17-5 record to the battle against the 11-25-4 Sabres. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Minnesota go 12-21-9 so far and the Sabres go 11-22-7.

View Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Wild as -186 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5 at BetOnline.

The Wild - Sabres odds would favor the Sabres if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 27 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Buffalo is at No. 26.

In their last action, Buffalo was a 3-0 loser on the road against the Jets. Bettors on Winnipeg at -170 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Wild were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blues. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -130 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 29-ranked offense (2.31 goals per game) against a Sabres defense that ranks No. 16 at 2.83 goals per game allowed. The Wild powerplay has clicked at a 18.94% rate while the Sabres have a 81.75% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Buffalo home to New Jersey, Saturday, January 4th
Minnesota home to Washington, Saturday, January 4th