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Miller stayed home because he couldn't practice; Leopold gets pneumonia

WASHINGTON -- The Sabres decided to leave Ryan Miller back in Buffalo because they knew he wouldn't be healthy enough to practice today, coach Lindy Ruff said this morning. The goaltender, who has a day-to-day upper-body injury after getting a slap shot off the collarbone area, originally was scheduled to travel to Washington with the team Friday afternoon.

"Just the fact it turned out he wasn’t going to practice today, so we just felt we wouldn’t bring him along," Ruff said after an optional morning skate in Verizon Center. "He's still moving forward. Actually, he’s doing well."

Goalie Jhonas Enroth will start tonight's game against Washington and likely Sunday's key matchup in Carolina. Ruff said it's possible Miller could join the team in Raleigh.

"We’re going to leave that as an option," Ruff said. "Obviously, it’s a short day for us with a 5 o’clock game, but that is a possibility."

Defenseman Jordan Leopold, meanwhile, has suffered a health setback. He broke a bone in his hand while playing Florida on March 25 and had to cancel an appointment with a specialist because he came down with the flu. It got worse.

"Combined with the flu he ended up with pneumonia, so it was a tough week for him," Ruff said. "They can’t operate on him when he has that, so we’re just waiting to get something done."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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