Your Minnesota Wild play the Buffalo Sabres tonight at 7pm in St. Paul after two days of rest besides practices. Both the Sabres and the Wild are missing some key players to injury that we’ll get to in a second. First, past matchups. Last season the Wild were 0-1-1 against the Sabres last season and have gone 1-0-0 so far this season. The Wild are currently in first place in the Central Divison with 13 points. The Buffalo Sabres are in 7th place in the Atlantic Division with 8 points.
The Sabres are coming off of a 3-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. The Sabres overall record so far in the young season is 3-3-2. Forwards Kyle Okposo (4-3=7) and Ryan O’Reilly (3-4=7) are tied for the team lead in points with 7 each. Okposo leads the team in goals however with 4. Former Apple Valley and University of Minnesota star Hudson Fasching has struggled to get on the score sheet with no points in 6 games. He will be out tonight with a groin injury. The Sabres have been up and down this season blowing some leads late in the game such as back on Oct. 25th against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres had a three-goal lead going into the third period and blew it eventually losing in a shootout.
As I said above Hudson Fasching will be out tonight with a groin injury he sustained in the first period of Sunday night’s game against the Jets. Nicolas Deslauriers left Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers with a knee injury and did not play Sunday. He is questionable for tonight against the Wild. Cody McCormick, Evander Kane and Jack Eichel are all still out with their injuries.
The Wild are coming off a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars Sunday night. It was their third straight win and Devan Dubnyk’s 3rd shutout in a row as well. Despite only having 15 shots on goal the wild continued their scoring luck with goals from Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Eric Staal and Tyler Graovac. Their 53% FO% and 21 blocked shots helped lead to their victory.
The Wild are hurting a lot right now with Zach Parise, Erik Haula, Marco Scandella and Zac Dalpe are all out tonight with injuries. Chris Stewart missed yesterday's practice due to illness but did practice today and should be ready to go tonight. Because of this GM Chuck Fletcher called up forwards Christoph Bertschy, Tyler Graovac and Jordan Schroeder from Iowa. This makes the cap very tight and the Wild can’t really afford any more injuries or illness.
That’s all for today’s game preview here’s the tale of the tape: