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Miller in for Sabres?

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 11:00 AM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

When the Buffalo Sabres face the Winnipeg Jets tonight, Ryan Miller likely will be in the Sabres' net. The Buffalo News is reporting Miller was the first goalie off the ice at this morning's practice.

It will be Miller's first game action since being pulled 6:23 into last Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jhonas Enroth started both games since then, earning one-goal wins against Calgary and Ottawa. It led some in Buffalo to question if Enroth was ready to replace Miller as the undisputed top goalie in Buffalo.

Miller certainly has struggled this season -- he's lost four straight, and in nine games he's 4-5-0 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .922 save percentage -- while Enroth is 4-0-0 in five games, with a 1.41 GAA and .952 save percentage.

However, he's got a far longer track record -- one that includes Olympic silver medal and a Vezina Trophy -- and he'll look to re-discover that form tonight.

"You want to play," Miller told reporters Monday. "My last outing wasn't the way you like to leave the ice. You want to go out and do your job, and the next chance I get I'll be ready."

For more on tonight's game, check out the preview here.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1