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Aside from goalie switch to Enroth, Sabres' Rolston won't tinker with winning lineup

By John Vogl

LOS ANGELES -- The Sabres are coming off their biggest win of the season. Aside from a switch at goaltender, coach Ron Rolston wants to stick with a victorious lineup.

Jhonas Enroth will replace Ryan Miller in goal tonight when the Sabres visit the Los Angeles Kings. The forward lines and defense pairs will remain from Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win in San Jose, so that means forward Mikhail Grigorenko and defenseman Nikita Zadorov will be healthy scratches.

"I would hope they’re disappointed to not be in the lineup, but it is what it is," Rolston said today after the morning skate in Staples Center. "We won a game last time, so I kept the lineup the same."

Miller backstopped the previous victory with 47 saves, but he'll give way to Enroth. Miller will start Friday in Anaheim in the final game of the road trip.

"We try to map things out, and it was Jhonas’ game," said Rolston, who isn't purposely trying to avoid a rematch of Enroth's 6-3 loss to the Ducks on Saturday. "That has nothing to do with it."

The Kings are 9-6 this season.

"They’re experienced and deep," Rolston said. "They obviously have good goaltending, but up front they’re deep and they have a big D corps that ends plays in their zone."

The Sabres' forward lines: Matt Moulson-Cody Hodgson-Tyler Ennis, Steve Ott-Marcus Foligno-Corey Tropp, Zemgus Girgensons-Johan Larsson-Brian Flynn and Ville Leino-Cody McCormick-Drew Stafford. The defense pairs: Christian Ehrhoff-Mark Pysyk, Henrik Tallinder-Tyler Myers and Jamie McBain-Rasmus Ristolainen.

Ron Rolston

 

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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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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