Ryan Miller or not Ryan Miller. That will be the question going forward as the Buffalo Sabres try to transform themselves from a bubble team to a playoff contender. Prior to the Buffalo Sabres turning their season around to make this late push, Ryan Miller did not look like a goaltender ready to playout the stretch and carry the weight of his team on his shoulders. Garth from HockeyBuzz.com has this to say about the Sabres number one goalie after last nights contest against the Carolina Hurricanes:
His batteries appear to be re-charged, and it sounds to me like he wants to play…
Do you let it ride with Miller? Do you play Enroth? With points at a premium, and Miller’s mentality, you almost have to go with the veteran, especially since the kid has gone pretty much unused since January. On the other hand, you can’t keep the kid on the bench forever, and it was thanks to him that you made the playoffs last year.
This will be the fifth of six meetings for the two Northeast Division rivals. In the first four games, each team earned a win in a close game, and each team blew the other team out. Last night both Vanek and Pominville scored, so hopefully the time line has left the slump in the dust and will start lighting the lamp with regularity again in the home stretch.
Buffalo and Boston will not play again until the final game of the season. Ruff will likely start tonights game with the same lines that he rolled against Carolina. Despite being full of talent, the Bruins roster will be missing some pieces due to injury. Former Sabre Dan Paille is out, the Bruins are also missing Rask, Andrew Ference, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, and Marc Savard.
The Buffalo Sabres skate into tonight on the second half of back to back games, while the Bruins have not played since Tuesday, when they beat the Maple Leafs 5-4.
The Sabres are banging on the door of the playoffs thanks largely in part to winning seven of their last ten, and earning points in eight of their last ten. Just about two weeks ago they were ten points out and fighting Carolina for the last spot in the East. A huge road trip out West as the Sabres talking playoffs again instead of draft lottery.