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Minnesota Wild @ Buffalo Sabres, Saturday 1-7-23, 6:00pm, KeyBank Center


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Minnesota Wild (22-13-2)  46pts  3rd in the Central

3.19 Goals For Per Game (16th in the NHL)
2.76 Goals Against Per Game (9th in the NHL)
23.5% Power Play (14th in the NHL)
79.5% Penalty Kill (14th in the NHL)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #97 Kirill Kaprizov ~ 22G 25A = 47pts
2. #36 Mats Zuccarello ~ 16G 24A = 40pts
3. #14 Joel Eriksson Ek ~ 13G 16A = 29pts
4. #12 Matt Boldy ~ 12G 17A = 29pts
5. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 5G 14A = 19pts 
Top 3 PIM's:
1. #24 Matt Dumba ~ 54 PIM's
2. #5 Jake Middleton ~ 50 PIM's
3. #15 Mason Shaw ~ 49 PIM's
Top Goaltenders:
1. #29 Marc-Andre Fleury (13-8-1)  2.81GAA  .904%  1SO
2. #32 Filip Gustavsson (9-5-1)  2.25GAA  .924%  1SO
Buffalo Sabres (19-15-2)  40pts  4th in the Atlantic
3.94 Goals For Per Game (1st in the NHL)
3.39 Goals Against Per Game (23rd in the NHL)
28.2% Power Play (2nd in the NHL)
73.1% Penalty Kill (26th in the NHL)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #72 Tage Thompson ~ 30G 25A = 55pts
2. #89 Alex Tuch ~ 18G 24A = 42pts
3. #53 Jeff Skinner ~ 17G 22A = 39pts
4. #26 Rasmus Dahlin ~ 10G 29A = 39pts
5. #24 Dylan Cozens ~ 12G 23A = 35pts
Top 3 PIM's:
1. #26 Rasmus Dahlin ~ 44 PIM's
2. #46 Ilya Lyubushkin ~ 26 PIM's
3. #53 Jeff Skinner ~ 25 PIM's
Top Goaltenders:
1. #1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (8-3-1)  3.39GAA  .894%
2. #41 Craig Anderson (7-5-1)  2.61GAA  .923%  1SO
Buffalo Sabres
Skinner~T. Thompson~Tuch
Mittelstadt~Jost~V. Olofsson
Minnesota Wild
Greenway~Eriksson Ek~M. Foligno
Boldy~F. Gaudreau~Duhaime
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Since we rarely find out injuries and such like with Gustav. I heard illness and given there's been something going around the team it's a possibility that's why he had to leave with 2 mins left.
I watched the replay of the save and nothing looked like he caught the puck weird.
So I'm thinking maybe if there was some IBS going on and they way he squatted to make the save...Well, I leave it at that. 😁

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Not sure how long Zucc would be out for, but it if turns out Boldy-Steel-Kaprizov works well, I'd consider moving Zucc to the 2nd line and try to establish a 1a-1b situation with lines.

Would be nice for the Wild to have players like Kap, Bolds, and Steel, similar in age, growing as NHL professionals together. It could get to the point where each guy knows what the other guy is going to do before he does it (almost like a hockey ESP type thing), and could give MIN a huge advantage in line matchups especially in post season.
Plus, I think Boldy could provide a power element to that line that Zucc lacks.

That sort of thinking with young players and diverse skillset amongst players worked REAL well in Tampa Bay. Would like to see the Wild emulate that somewhat.

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