|Ah, the good olde days of goal scoring...|
Ryan Miller is expected to earn the nod from Lindy Ruff, despite losing his last three contests. After a Vezina-winning campaign in 2009-10, Miller fell off a bit last year, and has continued that so far this year. On the year he is 8-8-2 with a 3.11 GAA, .904 save percentage, and one shutout. Despite his poor performance this year, he's still Ryan Miller, and he won that Vezina for a reason. Buffalo is also dealing with a rash of injuries, as defenseman Tyler Myers (wrist) and forwards Ville Leino (lower body) and Nathan Gerbe (concussion) are all out indefinitely. Forwards Thomas Vanek (lower body), Brad Boyes (leg), and Tyler Ennis (ankle) are also all questionable for tonight's game.
Tomas Vokoun should start for Dale Hunter after a four game layoff and Michal Neuvirth's loss against the Devils. Vokoun has underperformed vastly this year, and on the year is 12-8-0 with a 2.81 GAA .906 save percentage, and one shutout. He was pulled from his last start, two weeks ago against the Flyers. On the injury front, both Mike Green and Jay Beagle are out with groin and concussion injuries, respectively, and will not play. In terms of healthy scratches, as of now there is no indication that Jeff Schultz will reclaim the role in the lineup that is rightfully his over John Erskine or Roman Hamrlik, but of course that could all change.
Puck drops 7:08-ish. Check back later.