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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 1/4/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (10-20-0-9, 29 pts.) at MINNESOTA (21-16-0-3, 45 pts.)
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Thursday, 1/4/2018 8:05 PM
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11BUFFALO+170Ov 5.5,+100+200Ov 5.5,+115
12MINNESOTA-200Un 5.5,-120-240Un 5.5,-135
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-29-0-18.610-29-18.615-
Team Stats (Road Games)5-17-0-10.55-17-10.510-102.430.23.533.6
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.32-3-0.33-22.831.63.037.4
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)39861533362612077.1%1181512.7%138
Team Stats (Road Games)2252102020226647.8%661015.2%82
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514067121588.9%16212.5%22
Stats Against (All Games) 129334740910127410.1%1192218.5%219
Stats Against (Road Games) 782130207374010.5%711825.4%138
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15463201878.0%16425.0%28
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)131136231988.1%01-10-9.91-10-0-107-3
CHAD JOHNSON (Road Games)8622119789.1%01-5-3.91-5-0-43-2
CHAD JOHNSON(vs. Non-Conference)5412511188.8%01-3-2.61-3-0-33-1
CHAD JOHNSON (Last 4 Games)441139785.8%00-4-40-4-0-43-0
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)302890382791.6%29-19-8.79-19-0-88-18
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)161651646590.1%14-12-6.64-12-0-67-8
ROBIN LEHNER(vs. Non-Conference)10930427791.1%03-6-2.83-6-0-33-5
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4414913892.6%02-2+0.72-2-0+12-2

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games21-19-0-0.621-19-0.621-172.929.42.832.1
Team Stats (Home Games)13-6-0+4.213-6+4.29-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+13-22.632.22.231.0
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)4011532324651411759.8%1212319.0%185
Team Stats (Home Games)195917162331055710.6%581017.2%94
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513463031618.1%18211.1%24
Stats Against (All Games) 1142828553912868.9%1562516.0%186
Stats Against (Home Games) 40101117215757.0%6258.1%63
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11218021557.1%20315.0%19
MINNESOTA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)252576870691.9%115-10+2.315-10-0+315-9
DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)141442539693.2%110-4+3.810-4-0+48-6
DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)131339035791.5%18-5+1.58-5-0+28-4
DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)4410710295.3%04-0+44-0-0+42-2
ALEX STALOCK (All Games)171551046791.6%36-9-2.96-9-0-36-8
ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)6514913993.3%13-2+0.43-2-0+11-4
ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)7621720192.6%22-4-22-4-0-23-3
ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)4411710892.3%21-3-21-3-0-22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.01,  MINNESOTA 3.14
BUFFALO - Schedule
12/8/2017at CHICAGO2-3L0, +190L5.5 unU
12/10/2017at ST LOUIS2-3L0, +160L5.5 unU
12/12/2017OTTAWA3-2W0, -110W5.5 unU
12/14/2017at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +155L5 ovU
12/15/2017CAROLINA4-5L0, +140L5.5 unO
12/19/2017BOSTON0-3L0, +110L5.5 unU
12/22/2017PHILADELPHIA4-2W0, +105W5.5 unO
12/23/2017at CAROLINA2-4L0, +195L5.5 unO
12/27/2017at NY ISLANDERS2-3L0, +155L5.5 ovU
12/29/2017at NEW JERSEY4-3W0, +160W5.5 unO
1/1/2018vs NY RANGERS2-3L0, +145L5.5 unU
1/4/2018at MINNESOTA 
1/5/2018at WINNIPEG 
1/7/2018at PHILADELPHIA 

MINNESOTA - Schedule
12/8/2017at ANAHEIM3-2W0, -125W5.5 unU
12/10/2017at SAN JOSE4-3W0, +120W5.5 unO
12/12/2017CALGARY2-1W0, -120W5.5 unU
12/14/2017TORONTO2-0W0, -125W5.5 evU
12/16/2017EDMONTON2-3L0, -110L5.5 ovU
12/17/2017at CHICAGO1-4L0, +155L5.5 evU
12/19/2017at OTTAWA6-4W0, +110W5.5 unO
12/22/2017at FLORIDA2-4L0, -105L5.5 unO
12/23/2017at TAMPA BAY0-3L0, +220L6 unU
12/27/2017DALLAS4-2W0, -110W5.5 unO
12/29/2017NASHVILLE4-2W0, -105W5.5 unO
12/30/2017at NASHVILLE0-3L0, +125L5.5 evU
1/2/2018FLORIDA5-1W0, -170W5.5 unO
1/6/2018at COLORADO 
1/10/2018at CHICAGO 
BUFFALO: Key additions: D Marco Scandella (trade with Wild), F Jason Pominville (trade with Wild), F Benoit Pouliot (Oilers), G Chad Johnson (Coyotes), D Nathan Beaulieu (trade with Canadiens)
Key Losses: F Tyler Ennis (trade with Wild), F Marcus Foligno (trade with Wild), G Anders Nilsson (Canucks), D Dmitri Kulikov (Jets)
OUTLOOK: They seem to be in good hands with their new staff, and they've got an "it" factor between young standout Jack Eichel, Evander Kane and newcomer Casey Mittelstadt. The question is how long it'll take for the season results to change.
MINNESOTA: Key additions: F Marcus Foligno (trade with Sabres), F Tyler Ennis (trade with Sabres), F Matt Cullen (Penguins), D Kyle Quincey (Blue Jackets)
Key Losses: F Jason Pominville (trade with Sabres), D Marco Scandella (trade with Sabres), F Erik Haula (Golden Knights), D Christian Folin (Kings), G Darcy Kuemper (Kings)
OUTLOOK: Early-round playoff woes will hang over this team all season, but that doesn't mean they don't have a plethora of scorers to give Bruce Boudreau another shot at righting his record. This time, they should finally outdo Chicago.
Housley returns to home state as Sabres visit Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Due to the World Junior Hockey Championship being played in their arena, the Buffalo Sabres have not had a true home game since Dec. 22 and won't again play in front of their home fans until Tuesday.

But Sabres coach Phil Housley will at least get a taste of home on Thursday when his team visits Minnesota to face the Wild.

Housley's family still lives in the Twin Cities suburbs, where his wife Karin is a Republican state senator and has recently announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

As for the campaign that Phil Housley is running in Buffalo, the team is still solidly in last place in the Eastern Conference, but the first-year Sabres coach is seeing some signs of hope.

After their overtime loss to the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic on New Year's Day, the Sabres have collected at least a point in four of their last five games.

"A lot easier, believe me. Early on in the season there were a lot of struggles and a lot of games we were in were one-goal games or we were even. We were just cracking at the wrong time, making a critical mistake at the wrong time, and they were tough," Housley said.

"It was tough on our hockey club and our coaches because we kept trying to grind it out and trying to find different areas where we could improve. We're playing a better brand of hockey now. You can see the confidence growing in our guys. ... There are times when we bend but we don't break, which is a credit to our team."

Buffalo's players have noticed a new, better feeling, both on the ice and in the locker room.

"We're definitely making strides and playing more consistently the way we want to play, which is usually a good sign," said forward Jason Pominville, who will be returning to Minnesota after the Wild traded him to Buffalo over the summer.

The Wild opened 2018 with a decisive 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, getting two goals each from Matt Cullen and Eric Staal. They were boosted by the return of Zach Parise to their lineup after the star left winger had missed the first half of the season due to back surgery.

"I felt really good from the start," said Parise, who had three shots and skated more than 13 minutes versus the Panthers. "Kind of re-learning different spots on the ice where you get pressured. But that'll come. Conditioning-wise, everything else actually felt really good."

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau sounded confident after the Florida game that they may inch closer to full health soon with the return of forward Nino Niederreiter, who has missed five games with a lower-body injury.

Niederreiter was a full participant in the Wild's practice on Wednesday and Boudreau expects him in the lineup versus Buffalo.

Last Updated: 1/22/2019 4:09:11 PM EST

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