Buffalo Sabres at Minnesota Wild 11/13/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 11/12/2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul
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The Buffalo Sabres and the Minnesota Wild will both be looking to get more from their power play units when they face each other on Thursday night. Last season, the Wild were able to defeat the Sabres in both of their games against each other.
The Sabres' defensive struggles continued on Tuesday when they were blown out 6-1 by the St. Louis Blues on the road. They had nine penalties in that loss and allowed the Blues to score on three of their eight power play chances.
Buffalo has only been able to score 1.1 goals per game this season while giving up 3.5 goals per game. Right wing Drew Stafford leads the team with nine points through 17 games, but even he has a plus/minus of -10. Goalie Jhonas Enroth is just 1-7-1 this year with a .901 save percentage and a 3.63 GAA.
On Tuesday night, the Wild lost their third straight game when they were beaten 3-1 by the New Jersey Devils on the road. They had just 23 shots on goal in that game and they were 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Wild currently have the worst power play percentage in the NHL by scoring just 4.5 percent of the time when they have the extra man. Their best player has been left wing Zach Parise, who has four goals and six assists.
Buffalo Sabres Betting Trends
Buffalo Sabres are 3-14-0 Against the Spread
Buffalo Sabres are 6-8-0 against the Over/Under
Minnesota Wild Betting Trends
Minnesota Wild are 7-7-0 Against the Spread
Minnesota Wild are 4-8-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
11/11/14 RW Patrick Kaleta Eye "?" Thursday vs Minnesota
10/31/14 GO Matt Hackett Knee out indefinitely
11/05/14 LW Matt Cooke Lower Body out indefinitely
11/05/14 LW Zach Parise Concussion out indefinitely
10/31/14 D Jared Spurgeon Shoulder out indefinitely
09/18/14 GO Josh Harding Foot out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Buffalo
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