The Sabres' goaltending situation took yet another turn this morning when Patrick Lalime missed practice with possible appendicitis. The veteran goaltender was visiting with doctors today and wasn't likely to make the trip to New Jersey this afternoon.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Ryan Miller would be the backup goalie against the Devils, allowing rookie Jhonas Enroth to make his second straight start. Enroth is coming off his first NHL victory, a 3-2 win over Toronto in a shootout.
Ruff wanted Miller, who missed the past four games with a lower-body injury, to get more practice work before sending him back into the crease. Enroth could play again Thursday against the New York Rangers. The Sabres play Washington on Saturday in HSBC Arena.
Captain Craig Rivet missed his third straight practice today while battling the flu. Drew Stafford skated for a brief time on his own while recovering from a shoulder injury. Rookie winger Nathan Gerbe skated with his teammates during non-contract drills while trying to overcome a broken jaw.
Ruff will coach his 1,000th NHL game against the Devis, joining his mentor and former coach, the late Roger Nielson, for 17th all-time in games coached. Ruff is the only man in history to coach his first 1,000 NHL games with the same team.
--- Bucky Gleason