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Injury Puts Biron In Net

Friday, 11.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Injury Puts Biron In Net
Goaltender Martin Biron will make his second consecutive start in net tonight as the Buffalo Sabres take on the Florida Panthers at HSBC Arena (MSG, WGR-550 AM, 8 p.m.).

Ryan Miller suffered what Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff termed a "lower-body muscle strain" that was triggered by an exercise during practice. Miller is being evaluated and is not expected to be absent from Buffalo's lineup for a significant period of time.

"We don't expect [Miller] to be out too long," said Ruff. "It's something that just kind of flared up on him."

Biron has won his previous three starts this season, posting a 2.62 goals against average and a 0.913 save percentage. During the 2005-06 season, the netminder from Lac St. Charles, Quebec won 13 straight starts from November 15, 2005 through December 17, 2005 when Miller was sidelined with a broken thumb.

"That's the point of having Marty here," said Ruff. "These types of things pop-up and Marty is more than capable of playing some great hockey for us."

Adam Dennis has been recalled from the Rochester Americans to serve as Biron's backup in tonight's tilt.

A sixth-round draft selection (182nd overall) by Buffalo during the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Dennis has shined for Rochester this season and was a dominant force in his final campaign in the Ontario Hockey League last season.

Dennis was named the OHL's 2006 Goaltender of the Year after posting a league-record 44 wins and a 0.915 save percentage.

Said Ruff of Dennis: "If you go back to training camp, we would have maybe anticipated that Adam Berkhoel would have been the number three goaltender. But Dennis' play at the American Hockey League level in our minds has maybe pushed him ahead of Berkhoel."

Dennis has appeared in five games for Rochester this season. His 0.937 save percentage ranks third among AHL netminders, while his four wins is tied for ninth.

"Understanding that he is a first-year goaltender, [Dennis] has shown some stuff that we really like down there," said Ruff of Dennis' play at the AHL level. "We feel comfortable that if he had to play, he'd be capable."

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