Big news breaking at HSBC Arena: Ryan Miller is out again and Jhonas Enroth is back with the Buffalo Sabres.
A Sabres spokesman has just informed The News Miller is listed as day to day with a lower body injury and will not dress tonight. Enroth has just arrived from Portland, so I would imagine Patrick Lalime would start tonight.
We did not actually see Miller this morning, but that is not all that unusual for a morning skate on a back-to-back situation. Lindy Ruff made it pretty clear to me on Thursday that Miller was playing both games this weekend and Paul Hamilton of WGR approached Lalime this morning about an interview in the event Lalime was playing. Lalime never actually tells you what's going on but he lets you know too. In this case, Lalime playfully laughed off the request, his normal sign that he was NOT going to be in goal.
There was no indication of any problem with Miller during last night's game against Los Angeles, when he made 34 saves and was the second star in a 4-2 victory. It was his fourth straight game after he sat out six with what turned out to be hip soreness during training camp. Obviously, a flareup of what you would assume is the same thing begs the question of whether this is going to be a season-long situation for the Sabres' ace.
UPDATE at 6:30 p.m.: Lalime leads the Sabres on the ice for warmup so he will start and Enroth will backup. Craig Rivet is on the ice as well. Chris Butler and Mike Weber remain the scratches on defense.