Preview: Two struggling teams meet tonight in Buffalo

The Sabres and Wild both look to turn things around tonight

Game 21

Buffalo Sabres (10-7-3) vs. Minnesota Wild (7-11-2)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

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Know Your Opponent

Minnesota Wild

Record: (7-11-2) | 16 points

Last 10: 4-4-2

Division Ranking: 7th in Central Division

Conference Ranking: 15th in Western Conference

PP: 18th (17.7%)

PK: 9th (83.6%)

What to Watch

1. It doesn’t get easier from here

The Minnesota Wild come into tonight sitting at the bottom of the NHL standings. Coming in as losers of eight of their last nine, the Sabres, really need this one tonight. The schedule ahead gets more difficult with matchups against the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames, and Toronto Maple Leafs on the horizon to close the month of November.

2. Will someone else score?

Jack Eichel scored all five goals for the Sabres over the weekend. In fact, Sam Reinhart, Jeff Skinner, Eichel have 10 of the 15 goals they’ve scored this month. No time is better than the present for the secondary scoring to start to kick in and get the team back on track.

3. Trade Chips

As I mentioned, the Wild have struggled this season and few of their players are reportedly on the trade block. Sabres fans will get a look at some of those players in the rumor mill, such as Jason Zucker, Kevin Fiala, Joel Eriksson Ek, and Ryan Donato.

Game Prediction

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres


Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Evan Rodrigues - Conor Sheary

Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Curtis Lazar

Zemgus Girgensons - Rasmus Asplund - John Gilmour


Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin - Brandon Montour

Henri Jokiharju - Colin Miller

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

Minnesota Wild


Jason Zucker - Eric Staal - Mats Zuccarello

Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Kevin Fiala

Jordan Greenway - Joel Eriksson Ek - Luke Kunin

Ryan Donato - Victor Rask - Ryan Hartman


Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin - Mathew Dumba

Carson Soucy - Brad Hunt

Starting Goaltender: Alex Stalock