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by Chris Ryndak / Buffalo Sabres
Ryan Miller is expected to start in goal tonight when the Sabres take on the Winnipeg Jets at home. Since Miller was pulled in Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Jhonas Enroth as started and won the team’s last two games against the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators.

Head coach Lindy Ruff adjusted his goaltending schedule after the Flames game and made the decision to ride the hot hand as he started Enroth over Miller in Ottawa.  After today’s practice, Ruff downplayed the idea of a goaltending controversy.

“I think it gets, in this case, blown out of proportion a little bit,” Ruff said. “Probably Jhonas’ numbers are a little unrealistic and Ryan’s taken a hit on some real bad plays by our hockey club at the same time.”

Ruff also explained that he believes Miller’s recent struggles are, in part, an extension of the problems the team in front of him as been experiencing.

“Any player can go through a tough stretch,” Ruff said of Milller. “He hasn’t played great; I’ll be the first to admit that. It might a timely save here or there that makes the difference.”

Corey Tropp
Corey Tropp has played only two games in the National Hockey League but says so far that he’s enjoying his time with the Buffalo Sabres.

“It hasn’t really sunk it yet but I think it’s been a great experience so far,” Tropp said. “It’s something you work for and you want to be a part of. Hopefully I do well and there’ll be more games to come.”

With winger Patrick Kaleta suspended for another two games, Tropp has stepped in and played some big minutes for the club. Tropp has averaged 8:06 of ice time per game and has recorded four hits while playing on a line with Cody McCormick and Matt Ellis.

“I think obviously, being physical and getting off pucks is a big part of my game,” Tropp said. “Obviously I’ve got an offensive side too, but [I’m trying to make] the easier plays and sticking to the system and not stepping out, not trying to do anything too fancy. Simple is better right now.”

Marc-Andre Gragnani
The Sabres power play is currently tied for 16th in the league at 16.7 percent. They’ll go up against a Winnipeg penalty killed that has killed only seven penalties in 48 attempts this season. Buffalo has gone scoreless on the power play in their last three games and has not converted in their last 10 opportunities.

Defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani has one assist on the power play this year and has played the point with Christian Ehrhoff.

“Sometimes it’s just a question of inches and it goes in and then everyone’s talking about how good the power play is after the game,” Gragnani said. “Sometimes it’s just a fine line between having a great power play and having an OK power play.”

Forwards Jochen Hecht and Tyler Ennis did not skate today. Kaleta worked with Mike Weber during practice as the extra defensive pairing.
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