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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:35 am 
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SABRES (21-45-9) at BLUES (51-17-7)

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Last 10: Buffalo 2-7-1; St. Louis 7-3-0

Season series: The St. Louis Blues won their only previous game this season against the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 at Scottrade Center on Nov. 19, 2013. This will be the last time they meet.

Big story: Facing his former team for the first time since being traded on Feb. 28, Ryan Miller isn't expecting to see much action. Goaltender Brian Elliott will start for St. Louis, which is looking to keep pace in the Presidents' Trophy race while closing in on its second division title in three seasons.

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Sabres: Six of Buffalo's seven remaining games are against teams in the thick of the playoff hunt. So the Sabres will look to play spoiler, a role they enjoyed Tuesday night when they edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a nine-round shootout.

The win came in coach Ted Nolan's first game after signing a contract extension that formally dropped the "interim" tag from his title. It was also the first NHL win for goalie Nathan Lieuwen.

"I felt like I belong here," said Lieuwen, who stopped 33 of 35 shots. "That's a great feeling, when you're in the NHL and you can tell yourself that you belong here and you can play at this level and you can do really well at this level."

The Sabres' visit to St. Louis opens a three-game road trip. Five of their final seven games will be away from Buffalo.

Blues: The decision to start Elliott instead of Miller is likely a result of the Blues' grueling final schedule. While the Sabres are looking to 2014-15, St. Louis is a Stanley Cup contender that is nipping at the Boston Bruins' heels in the chase for the League's best record. Overtaking Boston could be tricky, however, as all of St. Louis' remaining games after Thursday are against teams in playoff position or still within striking distance. So the last-place Sabres may be one of the last opportunities for Blues coach Ken Hitchcock to give Miller a night off before the regular season ends.

Miller is 10-3-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average since joining the Blues and was stellar in St. Louis' last game on Tuesday night, stopping 31 shots in a 1-0 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"He was terrific," Ken Hitchcock said of Miller. "He was focused and competitive and whatever else we needed of him. We needed him badly."

Who's hot: Sabres forward Tyler Ennis scored two goals against the Devils on Tuesday. ... Blues forward Alexander Steen has three goals and four assists in the past five games.

Injury report: Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers is likely to be back after missing the team's win against the Devils for the birth of his child. Forwards Torrey Mitchell (undisclosed) and Zenon Konopka (back) and defenseman Alexander Sulzer (upper body) are all questionable. Goalie Jhonas Enroth (leg) is not expected to be back while defenseman Tyler Myers (upper body), goalie Michal Neuvirth (lower body) and forward Chris Stewart (ankle) are all out. … Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold (ankle) is questionable and forward Vladimir Tarasenko (hand) is out.

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I understand the rationale of resting Miller against a non-playoff-bound team, but still- I think he would have enjoyed the chance to play against them. And Elliott can hang with the big clubs, it's not like we're fooked if we start him against Chicago or Washington. But whatever- I will trust Hitch's judgement.

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:

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Also, hope all you St. Lou folks are okay after that tornado that rumbled through there this morning.

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I understand the rationale of resting Miller against a non-playoff-bound team, but still- I think he would have enjoyed the chance to play against them. And Elliott can hang with the big clubs, it's not like we're fooked if we start him against Chicago or Washington. But whatever- I will trust Hitch's judgement.

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:


100% agree on the Miller-Elliott thing. I mean, we are going to try to re-sign the guy in the offseason, shouldn't we be trying everything in our power to please him?

Someone at work made the comment that Miller is a relaxed dude and maybe he doesn't want to deal with the pressure of playing his old club - he wants to focus on beating the top-end teams. Hopefully that is the case.

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I understand the rationale of resting Miller against a non-playoff-bound team, but still- I think he would have enjoyed the chance to play against them. And Elliott can hang with the big clubs, it's not like we're fooked if we start him against Chicago or Washington. But whatever- I will trust Hitch's judgement.

2 points, please. :letsgoblues:


100% agree on the Miller-Elliott thing. I mean, we are going to try to re-sign the guy in the offseason, shouldn't we be trying everything in our power to please him?

Someone at work made the comment that Miller is a relaxed dude and maybe he doesn't want to deal with the pressure of playing his old club - he wants to focus on beating the top-end teams. Hopefully that is the case.


I doubt it's a big deal...nor should it be.
Elliott needs to get his games in too...and it makes sense to play him against Buffalo.
There are bigger things at stake than Miller not getting the nod against his former club.
Giving Miller some rest...Getting Elliott some work...and staying away from any goofy head games that come with playing a former club so soon after being traded, and with us so close to the playoffs.
Besides...if Miller truly wanted to play in this game, I'm sure he would be.

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Will be good to see Leopold back in the lineup.
Sucks that Steen will miss the game though.

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Just head Hitch interview on 101 ESPN and he said they asked Miller if he wanted/had to play against Buffalo. He said no, so Hitch said that set them up nicely for 'what they want to do.'

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Just head Hitch interview on 101 ESPN and he said they asked Miller if he wanted/had to play against Buffalo. He said no, so Hitch said that set them up nicely for 'what they want to do.'


Zactly what I figured.

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This.
Let's see how it handles the traffic tonight. Hopefully it fairs well.

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They put a (Franking) baseball game over hockey at this time of the year. :facepalm: doesn't do it justice. What a joke.

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They put a (Frank) baseball game over hockey at this time of the year. :facepalm: doesn't do it justice. What a joke.


Thank that piece of shit Dollar Dave for (Franking) the team over... shitty tv deal, shitty concession deal, shitty shit shit shit...

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//Re-opened thread

Should have been a shutout so that we could hear how Ells needs to start from here to eternity.

Also, only 2 goals against the Sabres is a little disconcerting, but we press on.

/End thread--unless, y'know, someone wants to keep this party going.

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I didn't think we played very well, but I'll take the two points and be happy. Blackhawks officially eliminated from the division last night (they can tie, but we own first tiebreaker).
Avalanche are looking good, but we're about to clinch on them too. 6 points is magic number there. 4 of them could come on Saturday.

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