The Sabres have just taken the ice for warmups prior to tonight's game here in First Niagara Center against Ottawa and backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth has led them on the ice. There's no official word until we get the lineups shortly before 7, but that usually means Enroth will get the start.
Ryan Miller has started eight straight (going 2-4-1 with a no-decision) and 11 of the last 12 (4-4-2). He certainly could use a break with Buffalo playing for the third time in four nights.
Enroth, however, has been in a brutal slump. He gave up the winning goal on a weak backhand by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin on Dec. 17 and is just 1-6-1 in his last eight decisions with four straight losses. What's in his favor? A 3-0 career mark against the Senators, including 2-0 this year with a 1.44 goals-against average.
Enroth started the season 5-1 but is currently 8-7-1 with a 2.54 GAA and .918 save percentage. In December, he is 0-3, 4.00, .873. Miller has been barely passable this month as well, at 4-4-2, 3.23, .893.
Aside from woeful offense and injuries, the goaltending certainly has to get huge blame for the Sabres' current troubles.
Stay tuned for our live game blog beginning at 7.