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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres

Lindy Ruff has had 24 hours to digest the two-game suspension handed down to Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo yesterday, and he spoke in measured words today when asked for his thoughts on it.

“In my eyes, it was good to see the suspension,” said Ruff. “I don’t know if that’s a great deterrent, but it’s definitely a sign that they don’t want players running goaltenders.”


Tootoo received a charging major and game misconduct for crashing into Ryan Miller in the crease during the second period of Saturday’s game in Nashville.

Miller gets the start in net tonight for Buffalo, and it’s a chance for him to get redemption for his poor start in Philadelphia’s first game here on November 2. Miller allowed three goals in the first 6:23 before being replaced by Jhonas Enroth.

Miller didn’t start again for another six days, and has only played three times since the Philadelphia game due to the injury he suffered in Boston on November 12. He played well in Nashville on Saturday, and would like to carry that effort over to tonight’s game as well.

“Hockey’s a funny game. I thought (Philadelphia) had a pretty aggressive start and they got some good goals,” Miller explained. “I would’ve liked to get a piece of a few of them, make a save. But I didn’t happen that night, and I fully expect to be able to put myself in the position to make the saves this time.”

Philadelphia enters First Niagara Center for the second and final time this season with the NHL’s best road record of 9-3-1. Tonight’s game concludes a three-game road trip for the Flyers that started last Friday with a 4-3 win in Anaheim, followed by a 4-2 victory the next night in Phoenix. The Flyers start the night three points behind Atlantic Division-leading Pittsburgh, but hold three games in hand. The Flyers and Penguins will meet for the first time this season tomorrow night in Philadelphia.

Tonight is just Philadelphia’s 26th game of the season, but they are second in the league in goals scored (88), and lead the league with a goals per game average of 3.52. Only the Rangers and San Jose (both at 24) have played fewer games than Philadelphia so far.

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