VANCOUVER, B.C. -- It was a quiet morning and early afternoon in the picturesque West as both the Sabres and Vancouver Canucks had optional skates with only a few players on the ice. The biggest intrigue for tonight's game is in goal, with Ryan Miller's first meeting against his old team possibly coming in Matt Hackett's first NHL game in nearly 10 months.
Sabres coach Ted Nolan would not name his starter, saying it would be a game-time decision. But he noted that pretty good would not be good enough. Pretty good describes Jhonas Enroth's two games since the all-star break on this trip, where he's allowed seven goals on 65 shots.
"With us, a lot of guys have been 'pretty good' but you have to be better," Nolan said. "That's goaltending out to forwards, to defense. We just need better efforts from everybody."
As for Miller, the Sabres are curious to see how the matchup with their former franchise cornerstone will go.
"I don't know if there's a real advantage on either side," said Tyler Myers. "He knows the spots certain guys like to shoot in but we also have a bunch of guys he hasn't played with. A guy like him with his size, you get to the puck to the net as much as possible and crash the net. He'll stop a lot of pucks if you let him see them."
"That's going to be fun," said Cody Hodgson. "Millsy is a good friend and an even better goaltender. The advantage can go the other way too. He's seen us shoot for years. It will definitely be weird coming down on him. Hopefully we can make the best of it."
Myers and Nicolas Deslauriers both got nicked up blocking shots Thursday in Edmonton but will be fine for tonight.
Called up to Vancouver to make his NHL debut tonight is Latvian winger Ronalds Kenins -- who played under Nolan and was a teammate of Zemgus Girgensons at the Sochi Olympics.
"I've been telling everybodyfor the last three years this guy can play," Nolan said. "He's a very entertaining soul. He's competitive as heck. We have one Latvian on our team and everybody knows how hard he works and this is another one with a tremendous amount of work ethic. ... To see Ronny here tonight playing against Girgensons is going to be a big day for Latvia."
In other news, Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said Wheatfield native Adam Clenending is still en route west and will not play tonight. Clendening, who was with Rockford of the AHL, was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Canucks on Thursday and was recalled Friday with Vancouver short on defense as Kevin Bieksa is out with a broken hand.