Sabres rebounded with 4 points over the weekend with a goalie duel win against the Flames on Friday and a exciting shootout win in Ottawa. To my surprise even though I would have done it that way, Jhonas Enroth played both games over the weekend and played well. He is now 4-0-0 with a 1.41 GAA and .952 SV %. I'll get to the Miller vs Enroth debate later. First I want to comment on how nice it is to see Roy healthy and getting back to the way he started last year before getting the season ending injury. The line of 21-9-23 is starting to become a nice compliment to the 26-72-29 line. They were the best line of the weekend getting numerous scoring chance. Stafford is starting to skate and drive the net and Leino is starting to settle in, I think goals are going to start to come.
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Also I want to touch on the defense, first off a tip of the cap to Andrej Sekera. He looks bigger and hasn't compromised his speed for more size. He starting to be more physical in the defensive zone and forming a headache for opposing teams with offense from the point along with Myers. Robyn Regher may have been one of the best Sabres acquisitions of all time, he is solid in the defensive zone and just punishes people for coming into the Sabres zone or touching the puck.
Now to Enroth v Miller. Enroth is yet to lose and rolling, but Miller is your $5 million Veznia winning goaltender. This is a good problem for the Sabres to have right now, however may not be as the season rolls on. Does Miller really deserve to lose his job after 4 periods of bad hockey. How quickly we forget he stole 2 points from the Habs and his good start in Europe. Also how many people are calling Miller soft if he lets in that goal to Prospal vs the Jackets and the first goal in Ottawa by Michalek. Both those goals let in by Enroth need to be stopped, I don't care that Michalek removed Myers jock strap on that play. Enroth played well in the shootout although I was confused why the remaining Sens shooter didn't shoot 5 hole after the breakaway goal and Michalek and Spezza scored 5 hole. I think that Miller should get 2 games this week and Enroth 1. He has earned the chance to get his game back.
A couple other thoughts from around the league. First off Patrick Kane is by far the leading canidate for MVP this year. He is making the hawks click and killing my hope dream of bringing him back to Buffalo for a goalie and a few picks/prospects. Sid might be back as early as Friday this week which would be excellent for the NHL. Sheldon Souray is making the Oilers look a little bit foolish for keeping him in the AHL for two seasons although with the way the kids are rolling in Oil country it doesn't matter to them. Tim Connolly being Tim Connolly in Toronto, sorry Leafs fans no refunds. The Avs vs Stars game this week was awesome! It has made me think of some changes the NHL should consider (tomorrows blog). Last can't wait for the Sabres MSG 365 show about the trip to Europe airing tonight 10pm EST on MSG.
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