DETROIT -- It was a pretty quiet morning in Joe Louis Arena as both the Sabres and Red Wings only had a few players on the ice for optional skates. The Sabres' roll call was both goalies, Chris Butler, Tim Kennedy, Mike Grier, Matt Ellis and Paul Gaustad. Understandable since they played last night. The Wings only had a few more guys out there and that's a little surprising considering they didn't play last night and are ninth in the West, a point out of the final playoff spot and in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 1991. But to each his own, I guess.
As discussed on a previous post, Paul Gaustad is back in tonight after missing five games with a hand injury and Mark Mancari has been loaned back to Portland.
The big story around here today is the matchup of Miller vs. Miller. Ryan Miller's younger brother, Detroit center Drew Miller, dealt with a big media group for the second straight day discussing the meeting with his brother. It's the third time they've met in the NHL but the first time in their homestate since Drew, 26, was claimed on Waivers by the Red Wings from Anaheim in November.
"It's great," Drew said. "It's happened in the past and our parents had a lot of fun with it. But being back here at home we'll have a lot more people here. It's a great opportunity for the family to see us both play at once, an extra treat for everyone."
Drew Miller has eight goals and nine assists this season, including a big short-handed goal in the Wings' 5-1 win here Thursday over Minnesota. He promised to get in a few words with his brother and said, "If all else fails, just run into him" when asked the key to beating him.
He was joking. We think. Ryan Miller said he's going to let his play do his talking.
"All the talking is probably all going to be coming from him. He likes to run his mouth more than I do," Ryan said. "... I'm going to just do my thing and just because Drew is on the other side I can't have a different mindset."
Told his brother said he might get a piece of him in the Buffalo net, Ryan Miller laughed and said, "He always does, no matter what we do. Even in golf. I've been hit by clubs and balls and everything. I imagine something is coming my way. He knows I don't talk a lot so he'll probably try to get me talking."
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