The Sabres limited their penalties as we spoke to yesterday and got us to the window in Buffalo last night.
Moving on to Wednesday…
Neither team is really playing like it is capable of, but with Minnesota it has been more a product of injuries to their forwards to start the season. They are still without Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise, who is no stranger to injury, but they did get the speedy Nino Niederreiter back a week ago, and he has already found the back of the net twice. Minnesota has dropped two consecutive games, but prior to the two defeats, Minnesota won four of six games, and the two games they lost were by a single goal. The Wild’s wins were impressive, as they won in Calgary on the tail-end of a back-to-back. Additionally, they edged the Pittsburgh Penguins and pounded the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens for six goals apiece.
Meanwhile, as talented as the Toronto Maple Leafs are, they have not looked particularly impressive lately, needing a shootout to beat the road-weary Vegas Golden Knights. Prior to that, Toronto tallied just one win in six attempts, and that came against the injury-riddled Anaheim Ducks. A big problem for the Leafs has been the goaltending, as Frederik Andersen (8-6, 3.43 GAA, .895 SV%) has been really hit or miss.
Toronto’s strength is their offense, which is averaging the second-most goals per game (3.75) in the National Hockey League. However, tonight they could face a challenge against a Minnesota team which sports an xGA/60 at 5-on-5 of 2.09, tied for third-best in the National Hockey League with the San Jose Sharks.
The Wild are desperate for a win and have a number of things working in their favor tonight. As always, it is dangerous to oppose the Leafs at the Air Canada Centre, but Auston Matthews does not appear to be 100 percent, and Minnesota is exactly the kind of team that can cause Toronto problems.
Fair Odds: Wild +115
Nothing else on the ice for Wednesday.
YTD: 16-12-1 +3.35 units