|5||BUFFALO||+170||Ov 5.5,-115||+180||Ov 5.5,-105|
|6||MINNESOTA||-200||Un 5.5,-105||-215||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-5-0||+1.9||5-5||+1.9||5-4||2.9||33.5||3.0||30.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.9||4-1||+3.9||2-3||3.0||31.8||2.6||30.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||19||57||16||19||19||3||5||612||9.3%||65||12||18.5%||99|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||29||8||7||12||2||3||335||8.7%||38||6||15.8%||50|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||5||2||5||3||2||159||9.4%||13||1||7.7%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||54||15||20||17||2||5||601||9.0%||56||10||17.9%||90|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||30||9||12||8||1||4||306||9.8%||33||7||21.2%||51|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||8||2||0||1||154||8.4%||12||0||0.0%||23|
|CARTER HUTTON (All Games)||15||14||442||406||91.9%||0||7-7||+0.9||7-7-0||+1||6-7|
|CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)||7||6||177||162||91.5%||0||2-4||-1.3||2-4-0||-1||2-3|
|CARTER HUTTON(vs. Non-Conference)||8||8||264||241||91.3%||0||4-4||+1.2||4-4-0||+1||5-3|
|CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||100||95||95.0%||0||3-0||+3.8||3-0-0||+4||1-2|
|LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)||5||5||154||141||91.6%||0||4-1||+4.2||4-1-0||+4||4-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)||4||4||125||114||91.2%||0||3-1||+3.2||3-1-0||+3||3-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK(vs. Non-Conference)||2||2||56||55||98.2%||0||2-0||+3||2-0-0||+3||1-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||118||105||89.0%||0||3-1||+2.8||3-1-0||+3||4-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-3-0||+2.2||6-3||+2.2||5-4||3.4||30.2||2.8||34.2|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.5||4-1||+2.5||3-2||3.8||28.4||2.2||28.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||19||62||15||21||24||2||5||583||10.6%||63||13||20.6%||105|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||31||6||10||13||2||3||272||11.4%||30||6||20.0%||52|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||4||9||6||0||1||142||13.4%||17||4||23.5%||30|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||51||18||14||17||2||5||596||8.6%||69||10||14.5%||82|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||10||3||10||2||1||308||8.1%||43||5||11.6%||43|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||4||4||3||0||0||140||7.9%||15||2||13.3%||19|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||15||15||476||441||92.6%||0||9-6||+1.4||9-6-0||+1||7-8|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||8||8||277||257||92.8%||0||5-3||+1||5-3-0||+1||4-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)||2||2||90||80||88.9%||0||0-2||-2.8||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||109||91.6%||0||3-1||+1.5||3-1-0||+1||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||4||4||116||105||90.5%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||3-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)||1||1||31||27||87.1%||0||1-0||+1.2||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||31||27||87.1%||0||1-0||+1.2||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||105||90.5%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 2.94, MINNESOTA 2.99|
|10/21/2018||at ANAHEIM||4-2||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/25/2018||MONTREAL||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/27/2018||at COLUMBUS||4-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 ov||O|
|10/30/2018||CALGARY||1-2||L||0, -120||L||6 ev||U|
|11/1/2018||at OTTAWA||2-4||L||0, -130||L||6 ev||P|
|11/3/2018||OTTAWA||9-2||W||0, -175||W||6.5 ev||O|
|11/4/2018||at NY RANGERS||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|11/8/2018||at MONTREAL||6-5||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/10/2018||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, -170||W||6 ov||O|
|11/13/2018||TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, +105||W||6 ov||U|
|11/16/2018||at WINNIPEG||2-1||W||0, +170||W||6 ov||U|
|11/17/2018||at MINNESOTA|| |
|11/19/2018||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|11/24/2018||at DETROIT|| |
|11/27/2018||SAN JOSE|| |
|10/25/2018||LOS ANGELES||4-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/27/2018||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 ev||U|
|10/29/2018||at VANCOUVER||2-5||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/30/2018||at EDMONTON||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/3/2018||at ST LOUIS||5-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||O|
|11/6/2018||at SAN JOSE||3-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 ov||O|
|11/8/2018||at LOS ANGELES||3-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/9/2018||at ANAHEIM||5-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/11/2018||at ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -110||W||6 un||U|
|11/13/2018||WASHINGTON||2-5||L||0, -150||L||6 un||O|
|11/15/2018||VANCOUVER||6-2||W||0, -255||W||5.5 ev||O|
|11/18/2018||at CHICAGO|| |
|11/21/2018||at WASHINGTON|| |
|BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
|MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. |
LOST to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Zach Parise. After missing the first 39 games because of a lower back problem that required surgery, Parise's delayed start was predictably slow. He scored 12 goals in his last 18 games of the regular season, though, and scored in each of the first three playoff games until being knocked out of action again by a broken sternum. Parise, who's entering his 14th NHL season at age 34, isn't built to be the team's premier scorer but needs to replicate that productivity down the stretch to help keep the offense balanced.
OUTLOOK: New GM Paul Fenton made only minor moves this summer for fresh faces on the fourth line and more depth on defense, so the Wild will rely on the same core that has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round three straight times and won only two series over the last six years. Just reaching the postseason again in the rugged Western Conference would be an accomplishment in itself, and Boudreau has as strong of an 82-game track record as any bench boss in the league. Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, who's coming off a serious ankle injury that kept him out of the playoffs, must stay healthy throughout the seventh year of their identical $98 million megadeals. Wings Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter also have to bounce back from down seasons.
|Wild host surprising Sabres|
When the schedule came out during the summer, Minnesota Wild fans might have looked at Saturday's visit from the Buffalo Sabres as a pretty sure two points.
Given what's happened the first quarter of the season, they might want to rethink that notion. Not because the Wild aren't playing well, because at 12-5-2, they are just a point behind Nashville for first place in the Central Division.
It's because Buffalo, after years of playing mostly terrible hockey, appears to have finally become a good team again. Phil Housley's second year behind the bench is going much better than the first, as the Sabres (11-6-2) have made a big statement this week.
Consecutive 2-1 wins over Tampa Bay and Winnipeg -- Buffalo needed seven rounds in a shootout to pick up the extra point Friday night in Manitoba -- have given Buffalo four straight victories and lifted it into contention in the Atlantic Division.
"There's a lot of really good players and a lot of really good leaders," Sabres forward Conor Sheary said. "I think with the new faces we brought in, a little bit of youth in our lineup, I think we've just come in with a little bit of new energy."
The win over the Jets was a prime example of Buffalo's progress. It played strong defense, getting 25 saves from Carter Hutton. It played a disciplined game, taking just one minor penalty against a team clicking at 34 percent on the power play.
And it got just enough offense. Jeff Skinner potted his 14th goal on a power play in the first minute of the third period, the Sabres' first man-advantage marker in five games. Sheary then wrapped up the win by scoring on the last attempt of a 14-man shootout.
But all that exertion could hamper Buffalo in a back-to-back against Minnesota, which got off to a fast start Thursday night in a 6-2 thumping of Vancouver. The Wild scored two goals in a 2:06 span of the first period and kept pouring it on, leading 5-1 before the second period was over.
Despite the absence of forward Zach Parise (illness), Minnesota compensated. Charlie Coyle moved onto Parise's line with Mikko Koivu and Nino Niederreiter, and the trio combined for three goals and two assists.
"He's a terrific player, so it's always tough if we don't have him in the lineup," Niederreiter said regarding Parise. "But it's obviously great we had a chance to step up and do some good things out there."
It's not known if Parise will be able to return, but what is certain is that the Wild are a tough out at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota is 6-1-2 in front of its fans, with the only regulation loss coming Tuesday night against Washington.
The Wild wasted little time bouncing back Thursday night, winning 58 percent of the faceoffs, converting both power plays and getting another solid game from goalie Devan Dubnyk. He stopped 25 of 27 shots in improving to 9-4-2 with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
|Last Updated: 12/15/2018 12:07:06 PM EST|