|Biggest regular season tilly at the Booth since 2008 tonight.|
Ryan Miller will start in goal for Lindy Ruff, as Buffalo's coach continues to ride his ace goalie down the stretch. Miller is 29-18-7 on the year with a 2.48 GAA, .917 save percentage, and six shutouts. He has been an absolute monster over the last two months after struggling during the first half of the season; compiling a 1.90 GAA and .936 save percentage in February and March. Outside the crease, the Sabres, who are finally almost fully healthy, will be missing center Jochen Hecht because of a concussion, while wingers Patrick Kaleta and Nathan Gerbe (both upper body) are questionable.
Braden Holtby will start this game in goal after his 28-save shutout performance Sunday against the Wild. Holtby is 2-1-1 on the year with a 2.22 GAA, .927 save percentage, and one shutout; he lost to the Sabres in overtime the only other time he faced them in his career. On the injury front, the Capitals are still without center Nicklas Backstrom, who is sidelined with a concussion but has been skating for the last two weeks and was recently cleared to practice fully. Joel Ward, who has missed the last two games with a lower body ailment, is also out and will not play. Dale Hunter seems like he will go with seven defensemen again, keeping John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, and Jeff Schultz all in the lineup over John Erskine, who is also nursing a lower body ailment. With Ward's injury, that means the Caps will only have 11 forwards active.
Puck drops for this one 7:08-ish. No recap from me tonight because of school obligations.
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