BUFFALO, N.Y.-Saturday night at 7 o'clock the Sabres will host the New Jersey Devils.
The Sabres have lost two straight and have scored just two goals in their last three games. Interim head coach Ted Nolan was not happy after the Sabres lost to Minnesota 4-1 Thursday night. He said after practice "We got a lot of injuries, we got six guys out of the lineup, five regulars out of the lineup on a team that's rebuilding and it's a young team. That's a lot for any team to handle but besides that I was more disappointed with the way we worked or the lack of working and lack of sticking to what made us successful a little bit earlier." Forward Drew Stafford is the latest to join the long Sabres injury list. He is expected to miss some time with an upper body injury.
Forward Matt Ellis who scored the Sabres only goal against Minnesota said after practice that the Sabres worked on the system at practice. "Its just getting everybody on the same page. When the puck drops tomorrow everyone can trust in the system, play the system and if there's a breakdown then there's accountability with that breakdown so it was a good day to kind of take that step back and work on things and hopefully it pays off for us moving forward."
So far its been a really strong season for goaltender Ryan Miller. He has earned another spot on Team USA for the Olympics in Sochi Russia next month. The roster was announced on NBC and WGRZ-TV Wednesday after the Winter Classic. Friday the local media had the first chance to talk to Miller about being named to the Olympic team.
Miller along with Jonathan Quick from the LA Kings and Jimmy Howard from the Detroit Red Wings are the three goaltenders. All three are still competing for the starting spot. Miller said "They're trying to get guys who are really confident and playing at a high level. To win that tournament or play well in that tournament you have to be at a high caliber and you have to be world class. Its not the kind of thing where you have a series in place where you can afford a mistake or two here and there its really about being on top of your game."
Miller has been at the top of his game for the Sabres all season.