The Morning Skate: Ruff sticks to goalie schedule in Boston

The Morning Skate: Ruff sticks to goalie schedule in Boston

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The Morning Skate: Ruff sticks to goalie schedule in Boston

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Lindy Ruff is sticking to his goaltending schedule this evening against the Bruins, Ryan Miller will be starting for Buffalo.

As Mike Harrington pointed out on Friday, Miller’s career numbers against Ottawa (13-15-2) and Boston (20-5-7) may have played a factor regarding who Ruff decided to play yesterday. the fact that Miller has been average in his last five outings and Enroth pulled out a win last Saturday in Ottawa likely had something to do with his decision as well.

Buffalo heads to Boston for the first time this season on a four-game winning streak. The Bruins have managed to string some victories together after a slow start that saw them lurking near the bottom of the conference for some time. The Bruins are also on a four-game winning streak of their own and have picked up six of their seven wins in their last ten outings.

Tim Thomas has given the Bruins some stability through their rocky start, however it has been Boston’s offense that hasn’t been able to click until recently.

Tonight should serve as a strong litmus test for the Sabres. They have shown the ability to get wins against stiff competition but also laid an egg against the Flyers, so playing another elite squad should give the fans and team an idea of where they stand.

Highlighted Matchup

Tyler Seguin/Milan Lucic vs. Buffalo defense. I want to highlight the Buffalo defense for the foruth-straight game because they haven’t managed to string together more than two or three impressive outings so far this year. Considering that the team hasn’t really put forth a complete effort in front of Ryan Miller, tonight would be a good game to start.

Projected Goaltenders

BUF: Ryan Miller 10GP, 5-5-0, 2.74 GAA, .913 SV%

BOS: Tim Thomas 10GP, 5-4-0, 2.00 GAA, .931SV%

Last Game

3/10/2011, HSBC Arena, Sabres 4 – Bruins 3 OT

 

 

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