Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- After both goaltenders played poorly Friday against the Rangers, it’s Jhonas Enroth getting the start tonight against the Jets.
Miller gave up four goals in just a shade over one period of work and waved to the fans as they mocked cheered him right before the fourth goal.
Many have speculated that Miller will never again play at the Center for the Sabres. They have one more game there on Friday. Ron Rolston said, “"Yes, it is realistic.” When asked if it’s realistic that Miller plays again here. When asked if it’s automatic that Enroth plays tonight and Friday and Miller plays Tuesday in Pittsburgh Rolston said, “No.”
Pat Kaleta blocked a shot with his right hand against the Rangers and won’t play. Mikhail Grigorenko is back and will likely center Jochen Hecht and Nathan Gerbe. Work ethic is something that some inside the organization are questioning when it comes to the rookie. Ron Rolston doesn’t seem all that impressed since Grigorenko returned from junior, “Ah, he’s been a little better I think coming back off the junior experience and the real test is going to be game situations.”
Rolston doesn’t seem worried about a letdown after the team played so poorly in an elimination game on Friday. He said, “We have three games, you know guys were dying to play, we talked about guys were dying to play games when the lockout was on and everyone was dying to play hockey and now they still have hockey to play. There’s three games and they have be excited about it. I know there’s not playoffs in the picture, but there’s opportunity for guys and there’s games. Anytime you can compete, guys should be excited about that.”
Winnipeg still has a lot to play for as the Jets are 9th in the East with 49 points. That’s three in back of the Rangers and Ottawa and four behind the Islanders. Winnipeg is also just three points behind Washington in the race to win the Southeast Division. Ron Rolston said, “Winnipeg beat us pretty good up there last time we played them. They have a lot on the line and really so do we in terms of what we’re playing for with individual guys and also the organization.”
Winnipeg is 5-0-1 in its last six games and has beaten Buffalo five straight.
The last time Winnipeg was here Buffalo played so poorly, Lindy Ruff was fired the next day.
Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:00 for the pregame when they’ll be joined by Ron Rolston, Steve Ott and Mark Pysyk.