Sabres vs Wild Prediction NHL Picks 2/17/24

Minnesota Wild (25-23-5) vs Buffalo Sabres (23-26-4)

Game Info: Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 5:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Wild -179 / Buffalo Sabres +144 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Buffalo Sabres need a win after losing 3 of their last 4 games. The Minnesota Wild are riding a 4-game winning streak. Let’s preview this game and give out a Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild prediction.

Buffalo Sabres Betting Preview

The Buffalo Sabres recently beat the Kings while losing to the Blues and Panthers. The Buffalo Sabres are averaging 2.92 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. JJ Peterka leads Buffalo with 19 goals, Casey Mittlelstadt has 31 assists and Rasmus Dahlin has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Buffalo Sabres are allowing 3.08 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Devon Levi has given up 62 goals on 571 shots faced, while Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has allowed 68 goals on 778 shots.

Minnesota Wild Betting Preview

The Minnesota Wild beat the Blackhawks, Penguins, Golden Knights and Coyotes during this streak. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Eriksson Ek leads Minnesota with 24 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 31 assists and Kirill Kaprizov has 156 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.23 goals per game and are killing 74.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Filip Gustavsson has allowed 92 goals on 896 shots faced, and Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 66 goals on 674 shots.

Buffalo Sabres vs Minnesota Wild prediction

The Minnesota Wild have put together a nice week which includes 4 straight wins and some of that damage coming on the road. Meanwhile, the Sabres have lost 3 of their last 4 games, and they've been held to one or fewer goals in three of those games. It's a small sample size for both teams, but this feels like two teams heading in different directions. The home team has also won 6 of the last 9 meetings between the Sabres and Wild. The Sabres can't score, and the Wild's defense has led the way in recent wins. I'll gladly lay the reasonable price with the Wild at home.

Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -179

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