Buffalo Sabers (10-20-9) vs. Minnesota Wild (21-16-3)
Free NHL Game: Thursday January 4th, 8:00 PM @Xcel Energy Center
Spread: Sabers +1.5, Wild -1.5
FREE NHL GAME PICK SABERS VS. WILD
The Minnesota Wild come into this game at 21-16-3. The Wild are 3-2 in their last 5 games. Minnesota has 45 points on the season which puts them in 5th place in the Central Division. Eric Staal has been a one man recking crew for this Wild team. Staal has 35 points, 17 goals and 18 assists. All of which lead Minnesota except for assists, which is lead by Ryan Suter with 19. Minnesota is middle of the pack in goals per game (17th) and goals against (14th). What the Wild have done really well is power play success rate (16th) and penalty kill (4th).
The Buffalo Sabers are just 10-20-9 this season. Buffalo has won just 2 games in their last 5. So far this season, the Sabers have just 29 points which puts them in 8th place in the Atlantic Division. Just like Minnesota, Buffalo has one guy who has been dominate. That guy is Jack Eichel. Eichel has 35 points, 15 goals, and 20 assists, which leads Buffalo in all of these categories. There is no question why this team only has 10 wins this season. Buffalo is ranked 31st in goals per game, 28th in goals against, and 30th in power play success rate. The only thing that this team has done alright is penalty kill, where they rank 13th in the league.
FREE NHL GAME PREDICTION WILD VS. SABERS
This game seems like a slam dunk. Minnesota is the better team in this matchup. The Wild are 13-4-2 at home this season, and are easily two goals better than the Sabers. What is interesting for Buffalo is the goals per game in their last 5. In Buffalo’s last 5 games, there have been at least 5 goals scored in every single one. For Minnesota, in their last 3 wins, they have scored at least 4 goals per game. To me, this sounds like the over of 5.5 is going to be reached. Take the Minnesota Wild to win this game, cover the spread, and bet the over.
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