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Enroth back to Portland; Rivet had food poisoning

Jhonas Enroth wasn't on the ice for the Sabres' morning skate and after it ended, the team officially announced he was sent back to Portland and will thus not be on the roster for tonight's game in HSBC Arena against Washington. Thanks for nothing, kid. 

Pretty interesting call. With five rugged games coming in the next eight days, Ryan Miller isn't playing all of them. But it looks like Patrick Lalime will play at least one of them. Gotta figure Lalime's days here are numbered if he lays another egg, whether the Sabres buy him out (they do that now -- see Kennedy, Tim) or simply send him to Portland.

Enroth went 2-1-1 with a 3.43 GAA and .876 save percentage with the Sabres.

Craig Rivet, still coming back from the flu, is on the ice. Doubt we'd see him playing tonight. We'll see what Lindy Ruff says about his progress after practice. Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe skating in red (non-contact) jerseys.


Ruff on Enroth: "If we need him, we can always bring him back. In the meantime, he needs to play. He's gaining ground. He played well for us. There's some areas of his game he needs to work on. He also helped us get five out of six points."

Rivet said he suffered from food poisoning that struck full force when he returned home from last Saturday's game in Toronto. The captain lost eight points and started feeling better when he got an IV on Tuesday. 

"The last couple days have been pretty good," Rivet said. "I started getting strength back and the weight is coming back."

Ruff said Rivet needs full practices with the team and "has a ways to go" before he would be considered for a spot back in the lineup.

---Mike Harrington

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