Ryan Miller was a game-changer during Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over Atlanta. The goaltender may get the chance to be one again twice this weekend.
The Sabres have back-to-back games with Ottawa coming to HSBC Arena on Friday and Detroit visiting the arena Saturday. Coach Lindy Ruff said Miller may start them both. The goaltender will play against Ottawa, and the coach will evaluate the workload to determine whether to go back to Miller against the Red Wings.
"Ryan and I had a good conversation about where he’s at, where the schedule’s at," Ruff said. "We know the possibilities where we want to play another goaltender. I think it’s going to depend on how we play as a team, the type of action he gets. The good part about this week is it has been all home. We haven’t had any travel. We’re making most of the game-day skates optional, so he can get extra rest there."
Miller stopped 40 of 41 shots against the Thrashers, one game after turning aside 37 of 39 during a 2-1 loss to Washington.
"He’s feeling a lot better about his game," Ruff said today. "I thought last night he was a difference-maker in the game. A couple short-handed situations where it could’ve went the other way and the tide could have changed in the game, and he made the big saves for us."