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MORNING SKATE UPDATE: MILLER BACK IN VS. LEAFS

Wednesday, 02.16.2011 / 1:00 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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MORNING SKATE UPDATE: MILLER BACK IN VS. LEAFS
Jhonas Enroth was summoned from Portland on Tuesday to give Ryan Miller a break from his 31 consecutive starts streak and the rookie netminder performed admirably as he withstood an 18-shot barrage in the first period as well as a 10-round shootout to help lead the Sabres to a 3-2 win over Montreal and earn a critical two points last night.

Ryan Miller
Miller will take his usual place between the pipes tonight when the Sabres host Toronto at HSBC Arena while Enroth has been returned to Portland.  This morning, Lindy Ruff spoke highly of Enroth’s performance in Montreal.

“Jhonas gave us a great game, did a great job in the shootout and I was happy for him.  He’s worked hard in Portland and he deserved the opportunity,” Ruff said. 

2/16 - Lindy Ruff Pregame

In regard to Enroth being reassigned to Portland, Ruff said it’s important for Enroth to continue playing in games in order to further his development.

“Jhonas needs to keep playing.  He needs to play.  If he’s going to develop into a good goaltender, he needs playing time.”

The Sabres did not have a full-team skate this morning but Miller, who did not dress for last night’s game, was on the ice prior to a team meeting working with Goaltending Coach Jim Corsi and took shots from Steve Montador and Craig Rivet.

“Sometimes it’s good just to get that routine in and get the work in,” Miller said.  “A lot of times in practice you can focus on some things, but you’re trying to get 20-some guys shots in at a good pace, so you’re not always going to be able to set it up like a game situation. It’s going to be rapid fire, it’s going to be quick, it’s not always ideal for a goaltender.”

2/16 - Ryan Miller Pregame

Like Buffalo, Toronto is also coming off a dramatic win last night.  The Leafs played in Boston and came away with a 4-3 win when Mikhail Grabovski scored his second goal of the game with just 1:01 remaining in the third period to clinch the victory.

Toronto comes into tonight’s game with a 5-2-1 record in its last eight games, but has not won a game in Buffalo since Dec. 12, 2008.  Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Sabres have gone 29-9-1 against the Leafs.

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