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So why did Enroth get the start?

Like I said before the game, remember Thursday when Lindy Ruff said he was riding Ryan Miller and wanted to get him going? Remember Friday night in Carolina when Miller gave up the winning goal in the third period on a 2-on-1 when Chad LaRose beat him clean?

Jhonas Enroth  got the start Saturday but don't read into Miller's 15th game of three or more goals in the last 18. And least not according to Ruff.

The coach said after Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to Winnipeg that Enroth -- who made 39 saves -- started because the Sabres are going to be busy. It's a back-to-back and there are six games in nine nights and Ruff felt it would be tough to get Enroth a game. Hmmm.

Of course, Enroth had a shutout in November in Carolina. I might have started him there but Ruff doesn't generally use team-vs-team matchups in determining goalies. He goes more on rest days.

"The decision is just the schedule, just the amount of back-to-backs and six games in nine nights," Ruff said. "Ryan had a pretty busy night last night. That's really all it was. Ryan last night probably had to make more difficult saves inside that game (because of the odd-man rushes). ... If we don't get Jhonas a game when we go to use him in the six in nine, it's going to be a good period of time that he hasn't played."

The loss dropped Enroth to 8-7-3 with a 2.46 GAA and .923 save percentage -- but he's just 1-6-3 in his last 10 decisions. Miller is 10-11-2, 3.05, .901. Miller has more wins in his career against Toronto then any other team, so the bet here is he plays both games against the Leafs Tuesday and Friday. And then we'll see where Ruff is headed in net.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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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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Mike Harrington

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