SUNRISE, Fla. -- After five games, Tyler Ennis is still waiting for his first point. Lindy Ruff is giving new linemates to the Sabres' left winger, and Ennis hopes the results will be different.
Ennis will skate alongside center Derek Roy and right wing Drew Stafford tonight when the Sabres visit the Florida Panthers. Ennis' former mates, center Ville Leino and right wing Brad Boyes, will have Cody McCormick on their left. Nathan Gerbe, who was with Roy and Stafford, is reuniting with his preseason line featuring center Paul Gaustad and right wing Patrick Kaleta.
"I’ve just got to work hard," Ennis said after the morning skate in BankAtlantic Center. "That’s all I can control. The puck hasn’t been going in, but what I’m going to control is my work ethic and going to the net. Hopefully, good things will happen."
The starting six defensemen remain the same and Ryan Miller will start in goal for Buffalo, which practiced without forward Jochen Hecht. He's been out since suffering a concussion on the second day of training camp.
"He just wasn’t feeling very well, so I kept him off the ice," Ruff said. "It might be just a one-day thing."
Ruff's chat with the media is below.