Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff isn’t messing around. After an embarrassing 6-2 defeat in Boston, the longest-tenured coach in the NHL is furious.
That’s why Tyler Myers will be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against Montreal.
Myers acknowledged that his play of late has not been great.
“The way I’ve been playing in the last three of four games, it’s not good,” Myers said. “It’s not good enough for me. I have to be better.”
Myers has only 4 points this season, paired with a -3 rating. He has been terrible defensively as of late, recording a -6 rating in his last four games played. Tonight’s game in Montreal will be only the third time Myers has missed a game for the Sabres in his brief NHL career.
Defenseman Mike Weber will be taking Tyler Myers’ spot in the lineup tonight.
Ryan Miller will also be out, but that is an injury-related problem. Miller has been struggling, going 1-5 with a 4.16 goals against average in his last six starts.
After being hit by Milan Lucic, the Sabres didn’t stand up and support their franchise goaltender. However, Paul Gaustad said he told Miller it won’t happen again, and said he and the team are behind Miller 100 percent.
Meanwhile, Jhonas Enroth will get his chance to shine. He comes into tonight’s game with a perfect 5-0 record and a 1.75 goals against average. The Sabres have called up Drew MacIntyre from Rochester, and with four games this week, he may have the opportunity to make his Sabres debut.
Tonight marks the 2nd of six meetings between Buffalo and Montreal. The Sabres took the first one by a 3-1 score in October, with Vanek netting the game-winner.
The Sabres are just 5-5 in their last ten games played, but have won four of the last five.
A win over the Canadiens tonight would propel the Sabres to second place in the Eastern Conference, moving one point ahead of Washington and Toronto.
The puck drops at 7 PM on Versus live from the Bell Centre.