Betting on today’s Sabres and Wild game? Catch the action at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, as the Wild hosts this showdown at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Wild as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals.

BUFFALO SABRES VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK

The Pick: Minnesota Wild -1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 5:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Sabres.
  • We like the Sabres on the moneyline (+126)
  • The Sabres are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can the Sabres Grab a Win in St. Paul?

Buffalo comes into this game with an overall record of 23-26-4, which has them in 7th place in the Atlantic Division. In the Eastern Conference, the Sabres are in 14th place. Over their last ten games, Buffalo has gone 5-5 and they have lost two of their last three games.

On the road this year, the Sabres have gone 11-11-3, and they have won their last two road games. As the underdog, Buffalo has gone 12-18-3 this season.

Buffalo enters the game with a puck line mark of 28-25 this season, including going 6-4 over their last ten games. On the road, the Sabres are 16-9 against the puck line.

So far this year, the team’s average scoring differential is at -0.2 goals per game. They have gone 21-12 against the puck line as the underdog, and 18 of their losses have been by multiple goals.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Buffalo is 6. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Sabres come in with an over/under record of 22-29-2.

The Sabres are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.

On offense, the Sabres are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. This year, the Sabres have recorded a 15-17 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-9 record.

Buffalo’s current leading scorer is JJ Peterka. This season, he has 19 goals, which puts him 45th in the NHL. Peterka also comes into the game with 17 assists.

Defensively, the Wild are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 19th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen gets the start and has made 26 starts this season. His record at this point is 13-13, and his save percentage is 0.736%.

Do the Wild Have a Shot at a Home Win?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 13-11-3 and are currently on a four-game winning streak. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in 6th place and has gone 5-8 against divisional opponents. For the year, the Wild are 25-23-5 and have 55 points. Over their last 10 games, Minnesota has gone 7-3.

Against Western Conference teams, the Wild have gone 11-13 this season and are in 11th place. When favored, Minnesota has gone 16-6-2, and they have won their last two games when favored. Over their last five games, the Wild have gone 4-1.

Minnesota has a puck line record of 28-25 this season and has gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games. So far, the Wild have 16 wins by multiple goals and have gone 13-14 against the puck line at home.

Through their first 24 games as the favorite, Minnesota has gone 10-14 against the puck line, and they are 3-0 against the puck line in their last three games. Overall, the Wild have an average scoring margin of -0.2 goals per game.

This season, Minnesota’s games have an average of 6.3 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Wild come in with an over/under performance of 25-24-4.

The Sabres are 2-1 puck line in their three last road games and 2-1 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Wild come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 18th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. The Minnesota offense is ranked 12th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 26th in the NHL.

Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Joel Eriksson Ek who leads the team in scoring with 24 goals, ranking 22nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 20 assists so far.

Defensively, the Wild are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 19th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Filip Gustavsson has started 30 games this season. His current record stands at 15-13, and his save percentage is 0.811%.