It was announced before Buffalo's game against the New York Rangers that starting goaltender Ryan Miller would be out of the game and listed as day to day with the ever ambiguous "upper body injury." What that entails is anybody's guess but it probably has something to do with the shot he took to the collarbone on Tuesday against the Leafs.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier was very coy with the press before the game, not really going into specifics on Miller's injury and not really answering any questions on what exactly the time frame for Miller's return is going to be except for that he could be back this weekend.
With all of that being said, Sabres fans really don't need to hit the panic button just yet. The Sabres have two days off and Miller could return without much of an effect against the Washington Capitals on Saturday. If Miller misses that game as well, he still has a fairly capable backup goaltender that most teams don't have a feel for in Jhonas Enroth. Enroth has proven that he is a capable goaltender down the stretch here as well and the Sabres seemed to have gained confidence in the young goaltender.
A prolonged absence could be good for Miller if the team makes it into the playoffs because it means that Miller would be rested heading into the playoff run. We as Sabres fans would like Miller in net at least for the final game of the season, but a few days rest to get Miller fully healthy could do wonders for the goaltender who has looked shaky at times.
If Miller isn't healthy for the playoffs, then all bets are off. But that scenario is a few weeks away.