In another tease, coach Lindy Ruff said today that he expects Ryan Miller to start in goal Friday night against Toronto.
“It’s a big boost,” Ruff said. “… It’s tough to get by without your starting goaltender. You can miss key forwards, miss a defensemen but you look at Ryan’s win-loss record (29-16-5) … and that all speaks for itself.”
All it feels like is that the Sabres are trying to get fans’ hopes up again. Sure having Miller back will help, but the team has bigger problems than goaltending if they truly believe that they deserve to be in the playoffs.
Essentially, the team needs to win out if they want to play in the postseason. They have 10 games left.
Three of those games are against teams in the East who are currently below the Sabres in the standings (Toronto and Atlanta).
Four of those 10 games are against division leaders (Boston, New Jersey, Washington and Detroit).
They also square off against Montreal and Carolina, both playoff teams. The other game is tonight’s match up against Florida, who sits two points out of eighth.
An extremely tough schedule to say the least.
How much can Miller really do? I guess we’re going to find out in the next 2.5 weeks.