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Game 15 (Wild vs Sabres) Stats Breakdown

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The Wild break the losing streak and dominate the Sabres.

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It was a result that most expected, but it was exactly the result the Wild needed.  The team dominated the Buffalo Sabres in every single way, leading to a 6-3 win that was never close despite the Wild giving up the first goal.  Mike Yeo's new lines led to a very balanced attack.  Ryan Carter was the only player to not log over ten minutes.  Nino Niederreiter played a season-high 18:32 and finished the night with a hat trick.

Let's take a look at the stats:

Team Stats

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Nothing surprising here as the Wild controlled possession throughout the night.  Perhaps the best stat here is scoring twice on the power play.  Maybe playing a weak penalty kill can get the units back on track to go on a scoring streak.  The shot attempt chart from War-on-ice is also impressive.  The Wild never really let up despite going up by three goals.

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Individual Stats

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It's rare to have a night where everyone is positive in Corsi percentage.  The 2010 First Rounders line of Mikael Granlund, Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle played with fire all night.  It was definitely a good sign since Granlund and Coyle have been noticeably struggling to get anything going in recent games.  Mikko Koivu's line with Jason Zucker and Jason Pominville was held off the scoresheet (besides Spurgeon's power play goal), but they had a couple of great chances.

Erik Haula centered a new line with Thomas Vanek and Jordan Schroeder with moderate success.  Haula tried to force a pass to Vanek instead of shooting, but the line played well.  Schroeder and Haula together make a very fast combo.  The fourth line dominated during the first two periods with two goals in the first.  It's still early, but Ryan Carter is looking like a great pickup by Chuck Fletcher.

Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon carried a big workload defensively with Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin out.  Spurgeon looked great in his first game back from injury.  I thought Matt Dumba and Christian Folin had one of their better games of the year.  Dumba especially looked much more confident carrying the puck and played well on the power play.

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Wild Three Stars of the Game

1. Nino Niederreiter- Three goals and definitely could have had more.

2. Jared Spurgeon- Tank made a big splash in his first game back in the lineup.  He moved the puck well all night with a power play goal and eight shots.

3. Kyle Brodziak- Buffalo didn't have an answer for Brodziak's fourth line, who put up two goals in the first period.

Next up: Thursday vs. Dallas Stars, 1:00 PM
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Stats collected from www.war-on-ice.com