BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 30: Jhonas Enroth #1 of the Buffalo Sabres acknowledges the crowd as he is named first star of the game after recording his first NHL shutout against the New York Rangers at HSBC Arena on March 30, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo won 1-0. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
To say that this weekend is big for the Sabres chances of making the playoffs is probably an understatement. If the Sabres sweep the weekend and the Hurricanes lose both games this weekend in regulation, they would be officially in the playoffs. Even if the Hurricanes don't lose tonight, if the Sabres sweep the weekend they would be a relative lock heading into the final week of the playoffs.
The big news of the day was the status of Ryan Miller's injury that kept him out of the game against the New York Rangers. It was first reported that Miller would make the trip and that it could be a possibility that he would play this weekend. Then it was reported that Miller was not on the team charter and it wasn't known if he was making the trip. This fueled all sorts of speculation on what Miller's injury was and how severe it was. WGR's Paul Hamilton put all of that to rest this morning with this tweet:
Miller's injury is a huge deep bruise on the shoulder and chest. Collarbone is not broken and head is OK.
Miller's injury will most likely keep him out of both of the games this weekend and most Sabres fans are probably not concerned about it one bit after Jhonas Enroth's performance against the New York Rangers. Enroth is now 6-2-1 this season with a 2.45 goals against average and .915 save percentage and three of his wins coming in the shootout this season. Enroth seems to be up to the challenge of playing:
"It's a big weekend for us, and these are big games," Enroth said. "These are the games that are fun to play, so I'm real excited."
More news and notes after the jump.
- While the Sabres are focused on trying to make it in the playoffs, the Washington Capitals are trying to clinch another Southeastern Division title. With a win tonight and a Tampa loss to Minnesota, the Capitals would clinch their fourth straight division title.
- Veteran referee Bill McCreary will be refereeing his final regular season game tonight. McCreary has worked 1,737 regular season games and 297 playoff games which includes 13 consecutive Stanley Cup Finals games.
- The Sabres have played 16 overtime games this season which crushes the franchise record of 11 set in 2002-03.
Game time is 7:00 pm and can be seen on MSG locally and on the NHL Network nationally. For those out of town folks, expect the Capitals feed on NHL Network.