The scuttlebutt around the Sabres is that Jhonas Enroth may get his first NHL start tonight. That was the idea earlier in the week when Lalime was hurt, and after last night's five goals allowed by Miller, it looks like he may need to cleanse his palate of that effort.
Let's all remember how atrocious Ryan Miller was in his first NHL season, 2002-2003. Well, maybe "atrocious" is the wrong word, but he certainly wasn't the "Millerrrrrr stops 'em cold!" we know him to be today. His first season in the NHL he played 15 games and was 6-6-2-1 with 1 shutout, 2.63 GAA and SV% of .902. Not bad, but not phenomenal. He actually regressed the next season, had three starts, was 0-3 with 5.06 GAA and a .795 SV%. Basically we learn almost nothing about the longterm capabilities of a goaltender based on his first NHL start. I'm sure all the brilliant folks who read this blog knew that already.
The Bruins have been struggling offensively, shutout two games in a row and scoring only one goal in the last three games. Looks like being without Savard, Kessel, Lucic and Krejci is adding up to some serious goal-scoring droughts. I have no doubt they'll turn it around... just hopefully not tonight, especially if Enroth plays.
Don't be nervous!
I'm sure you'll do just fine, kiddo!
Enroth needs a nickname. That shall be my project for the evening. I've already created two nicknames that others have picked up, maybe I can create a 3rd and SWEEP THE NATION... or the Sabres' fanbase...well the fans I talk to... ok just maybe my Mom.
Puck drops at 7:00 at TD
Banknorth Garden! ETA: Apparently it's just TD Garden now? Lame.
The Kings play the Predators at 4:00 and the Pens play the Sharks at 10:30 (ugh). Yay for all-day (or afternoon and evening) hockey!