We’re about to find out just how good the Sabres really are.
Buffalo jumped onto a plane for Washington tonight (and Carolina tomorrow). Ryan Miller was not on board. He remains day-to-day with an upper body injury, which the team refuses to shed any light on. It may be a bruised collar-bone, it might be something completely different.
One thing is certain so far: the Sabres will face off against the Capitals tonight without their centerpiece netminder. As for tomorrow, no one knows. Rookie Jhonas Enroth might be back-stopping the team on Sunday as well, a day not of rest and one which features a slightly rather important game against the Hurricanes at 5pm.
If you’ve ever wondered just how good this team is, well, we’re about to find out.
The Pittsburgh Penguins proved just how good they are this year, by remaining unfettered and continuing to win games without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Marc-Andre Fleury has put the Pens on his back through that stretch, making a case for the Vezina trophy in the process. That is how a team ready for a long playoff run responds to dire circumstances in the locker room.
The Sabres, without Derek Roy and now Miller, are arguably equally as hobbled as the Penguins. It just remains to be seen how the team will respond, and who will stand up to lead the team to victory, and a playoff berth. Said Tyler Myers:
“Jhonas played unbelievable last game for us, but you do notice when Millsy’s out of the lineup.”
After tonight, we’ll have a better idea just how much the team will allow itself to feel that absence. We’ll have a good idea how tough, focused, and playoff-resilient the boys in Blue and Gold really are.