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Buffalo Sabres Pregame Skate #76: St. Louis Blues

Eight games remain on the schedule for the Buffalo Sabres (21-45-9) as they embark on a three game road trip to help wind the season down.  It isn’t the final road trip the team will make this year either.  This three game road trip starts with tonight’s opponent and a stop at the home of the St. Louis Blues (51-17-7).

Tonight’s game is a game in which many Buffalo Sabres fans circled on their calendars the minute the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues solidified the deal that shattered the remaining elements of the old guard in Buffalo – sending fan favorites Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Blues, to guarantee the Buffalo Sabres got a return for expiring contracts.

While Steve Ott will be in the lineup, no doubt doing what Steve Ott does best, Ryan Miller will not be playing in the game, unless something happens to Brian Elliot requiring Miller to stand in relief.

Ryan Miller was with the Buffalo Sabres when the two teams faced each other this season, a game in which the St. Louis Blues won 4-1 back in November.  Since then the Blues have only gotten stronger, as they look to secure their second division title in as many years, and the organizations second President’s Trophy.

The Sabres were finally able to enjoy the role of spoiler the other night after taking the struggling New Jersey Devils to the ninth round of the shootout before defeating them.  It was the first win for the organization under new head coach Ted Nolan without the interim tag, and the first win for the rookie goalie Nathan Lieuwen.

It will be largely difficult for the Buffalo Sabres to play the role of spoiler two nights in a row.  With St. Louis one of the more powerful teams in the league, the game could be long over before the Sabres know what hit them.

Ryan Miller gets a night off, and a well deserved one at that.  Miller is 10-3-1 since joining the St. Louis Blues and has a 2.01 goals against average.

Another former Buffalo Sabres player will likely miss action tonight, as Jordan Leopold will likely sit the game out with an ankle injury.

Game time tonight is 8PM.

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