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Soon it will be announced that Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth is headed back to Portland of the AHL. Ryan Miller is expected to make his return tonight against the Washington Capitals.
Despite a season stat line that reads like this - 4 starts, 2-1-1 record, 3.43 GAA, .876 save percentage - the 22-year old Swede held down the fort very well in Miller’s absence. He didn’t seem the least bit overwhelmed by the spotlight as he scratched and clawed his way to helping his team gain a little traction in the standings. The Sabres picked up 5 out of 6 possible points on their road trip.
While the criticism over sending him down is inevitable, a few good games isn’t enough to change the fact that Enroth is still a work in progress and is better served getting more AHL starts.
Patrick Lalime, who is due to see action in a tough upcoming stretch of games, has to be running out of chances to save his job. If his failure to win any games continues then you have to think consideration will be given to cutting him loose and bringing Enroth back to stay.
In the Buffalo Sabres locker room, Patrick Lalime is looked up to as someone who is revered, admired, respected, and almost any other positive adjective you can come up with. That is, except for a pretty important one - successful.
Which is why it was somewhat surprising that so many people were questioning the decision, with Ryan Miller injured, to throw highly touted goaltending prospect Jhonas Enroth into the fire for this past Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
You can’t argue that the 2006 2nd round draft pick stunk up the joint that night. But what followed in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win in Toronto - featuring Enroth stopping ex-Sabre Clarke MacArthur on a breakaway and stoning 4 of 5 Leafs in the shootout - was closer to what coach Lindy Ruff and GM Darcy Regier had envisioned for the 22-year old Swede, albeit a few days later than they would’ve liked.
What’s really comical about the criticism of playing Enroth is that many of these people are the same revisionist historians who bashed the Sabres for sending him down to the AHL in favor of Lalime in the first place.
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Lindy Ruff informed the media this morning that Patrick Lalime is demonstrating flu symptoms, and there’s no certainty he can play tomorrow night. In that scenario, Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge explains the problem:
If Lalime can’t go, rookie Jhonas Enroth would get his first NHL start. Lalime will travel with the team today but if he can’t dress, the Sabres don’t have another healthy goalie in their system to back up Enroth because Adam Dennis and John DeCaro are both injured at Portland.
Wow. Nightmare scenario.