It’s an interconference tilt on the ice in Western New York. The Minnesota Wild is on the road as they make the trip to face the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night. Minnesota comes in off a 4-3 overtime loss at home to Carolina Saturday afternoon in their previous contest. Buffalo was dropped 4-1 on the road by Chicago in their previous game Sunday night. The teams split their two meetings a season ago with Buffalo skating off with a 5-4 shootout victory at home in the most recent matchup on February 5, 2019.
Minnesota Wild Looking to Get Back on TrackMinnesota suffered their sixth loss in the last nine games as they were upended in overtime at home by Carolina Saturday. The Wild enters this game in the basement of the Central Division, nine points behind Winnipeg for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 13 back of St. Louis for the division lead. Minnesota is a dismal tied for 25th in the league in goals for as they average 2.65 goals per contest. The Wild is 24th in the league in goals against by giving up 3.45 goals per game on the year. Minnesota is 18th in power play success as they convert 17.7 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Wild is tied for 9th in penalty killing as they have successfully gotten through 83.6 percent of their shorthanded situations.
In their last game, the Wild had their chances but ended up falling short in overtime against Carolina. Minnesota owned a 10-9 edge in shots in the opening period of the contest but found themselves in a 2-0 hole after 20 minutes of play. During the second period, the Wild held a 15-7 edge in shots and a 3-1 advantage on the scoreboard to tie the game after 40 minutes. Luke Kunin scored his fourth of the year off assists from Jonas Brodin and Jordan Greenway at 4:27 to make it a 2-1 game. After giving up a goal to trail 3-1, Zach Parise scored his sixth goal of the year, a shorthanded marker, at 15:43 off assists from Matt Dumba and Mikko Koivu to make it 3-2. Carson Soucy netted the equalizer with his first of the year off an assist from Victor Rask at 17:04 of the period. In the third period, the Wild was outshot 11-9 with neither team lighting the lamp to send the game to overtime. The extra session saw the shots even at one but Carolina’s found the back of the net, sending Minnesota to the OT loss: they did earn a point in the game. Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves for the Wild, who owned a 35-28 edge in shots in the game.
Buffalo Sabres Seeking to Right the ShipBuffalo dropped to 2-6-2 in their last 10 games as they were unable to take down Chicago in the Windy City on the second night of a back to back set Sunday night. The Sabres enter this one fourth in the Atlantic Division and stand two points behind the Panthers for the final guaranteed playoff spot and six back of division leading Boston. Buffalo is tied for 19th in the league in goals for as they average 2.90 goals per game so far this season. The Sabres are 12th in the league in goals against as they allow 2.90 goals per contest this year. Buffalo’s power play has been above average this season as the team is 11th in the league by cashing in 21.5 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Sabres are just 26th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 74.6 percent of their shorthanded situations thus far.
In their last game, Buffalo simply ran out of steam in Chicago after knocking off Ottawa at home Saturday night. The Sabres held a 13-10 edge in shots in the opening period of play but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of action. In the second period, Buffalo had an 11-10 advantage in shots on goal and gave up the lone goal of the stanza to trail 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. The third period of action saw the Sabres hold a 10-7 advantage in shots but were outscored 2-1 to put the game away. After spotting Chicago two more goals to extend their edge to 4-0, Jack Eichel scored his 13th goal of the season, unassisted, at 9:39 of the third to break up the shutout. Buffalo would get no closer as they ended up with the defeat. Carter Hutton made 23 saves in the loss as the Sabres owned a 34-27 edge in shots on goal. Linus Ullmark is expected to get the start in goal for this contest.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Wild is 5-1 in their last six road games vs Sabres
- Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 overall