After Jhonas Enroth took part in this morning’s light practice for the Buffalo Sabres, it was assumed that Ryan Miller would be starting tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That doesn’t seem to be the case however, and the Sabres appear to be icing their backup netminder on this second contest in as many nights.
Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for the Sabres tonight against the Leafs
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) November 16, 2013
Miller has been the man for the Sabres since 2005-06 when he first took over as Buffalo’s No.1 guy. He’s appeared in 515 games (and counting) with the franchise, but his future with the squad has been in doubt since this time last year. With the Sabres in the midst of a full-on rebuild, there probably won’t be a place for the 33-year-old Miller for much longer.
Waiting in the wings in Enroth, who’s arguably the most underrated and under-appreciated backup netminder in the NHL right now. Despite his 1-4-1 record, the 25-year-old is sporting some strong peripheral numbers. A 2.69 GAA isn’t half bad considering the lack of help he’s been getting this season,and his .916 save percentage is close to being pretty solid on a bad Buffalo team.
He’ll get the nod tonight for the first time in Ted Nolan’s tenure as Buffao’s coach.