Buffalo Sabres vs. Minnesota Wild Pick – NHL December 16, 2021

The Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild meet at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night. The Sabres are looking to make it back-to-back wins after going on a seven-game losing streak. They hadn’t won since November 6 before a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on December 14.

Conversely, on the other side tonight, the Wild recently said bye to a lengthy winning streak. The Wild had eight straight wins, and then slipped up in back-to-back attempts on December 11 and December 12.

They were losers in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, 2-1, and then a 6-4 loss the next night in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena. Back home after a four-game road trip, the Wild will look to get back to form at the Xcel Energy Center.

In the first two games of the road trip, the Wild looked good in a 4-1 win over the Oilers, and then a 5-2 victory in San Jose against the Sharks. They were just coming off a big 4-3 win in a shootout over the Maple Leafs at home.

Despite their recent slip ups, the Wild are at 19-8-1 on the season and in a good position. The Wild go into Thursday night in first-place in the Central Division with a two-point advantage over the St. Louis Blues.

The Avalanche were the team expected to be up in the Central, but there’s a lot of hockey to play and the Avs are only 3 points behind the Wild. Minnesota can’t get too comfortable with this small lead.

They welcome a Sabres team that is coming off a 4-2 win over the Jets to get to 9-15-3 on the year. Going to Winnipeg and playing good hockey isn’t always so easy. In any event, the Sabres are sixth in the Atlantic Division and not a playoff team.

Head below for our free Wild vs. Sabres pick on December 16, 2021.

Buffalo Sabres vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Buffalo Sabres +1.5 (+100) +270 Over 6 (-116)
Minnesota Wild -1.5 (-120) -307 Under 6 (+105)
Team Data Buffalo Sabres Minnesota Wild
Overall Record 9-15-4 19-8-1
Puckline Record 16-12 15-13
Away/Home Record 3-7-2 10-2-0
Puckline Away/Home 7-5 7-5
Goals Per Game 2.71 3.68
Goals Against Per Game 3.50 2.89
Shots Per Game 29.43 33.25
Shots Against Per Game 31.75 33.68

Sabres vs. Wild Prediction:

The Sabres won only their third game on the road in Winnipeg. Despite the win, they’ve struggled with a record of 3-7-2 away from Buffalo. The Sabres’ defense has been bleeding on the road this season.

Buffalo has allowed 3.92 goals per game on the road going into Minnesota. That’s not the best formula versus a Wild team that can bury the puck in a hurry.

They are scoring an impressive 4.5 goals per game at the Xcel Energy Center in the 2021-22 campaign. In their previous ten attempts, the Wild have netted 4 goals per game entering tonight.

As a betting favorite this season, Minnesota has scored the same as they’ve netted at home with 4.5 goals per game. They’ve made good on the vast majority of their matchups against inferior competition.


Buffalo Sabres vs. Minnesota Wild Betting Trends:

Sabres

  • 18-50 overall in their previous 68 games
  • 21-63 overall in their previous 84 games as an underdog
  • 2-6 overall in their previous eight games versus the Western Conference
  • 3-15 overall in their previous 18 games on the road
  • 4-9 overall in their previous 13 games versus the Wild

Wild

  • 8-2 overall in their previous ten games
  • 4-1 overall in their previous five games versus the Eastern Conference
  • 6-1 overall in their previous seven games on one-day rest
  • 41-16 overall in their previous 57 games as a favorite at the Xcel Energy Center
  • 39-13 overall in their previous 52 games as a favorite

Overall this season, the Sabres are 28th in the NHL with 3.5 goals against per game. This isn’t a case of just blaming an easy target in the goaltending. The blueliners have to step up and provide more help.

Buffalo has allowed 33.7 shots per game for 29th in the league. That’s bad enough, but on the road it gets much worse. The Sabres have conceded an average of 36.5 shots per game on the road.

Conversely, the Wild have put 36.67 shots on target per game at home, while allowing less than 30 shots per game on defense. On their return home after struggling in LA and Las Vegas, expect the Wild to respond well.

Look for the Wild to get out of tonight with a 4-2 or 5-2 win over the Sabres in Minnesota.

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Kyle E / Author

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