2011/2012 Sabres Season Preview: The Goaltending
The Sabres played their final preseason game yesterday, an 8-3 romp over the DEL-leading Adler Mannheim. They open their regular season on Friday in Helsinki against the Anaheim Ducks. Roster spots are coming at a premium now, with all the jockeying for positions coming down to the wire. Onto the goaltending!
1 Jhonas Enroth
A: 23 H: 5’10″ W: 166lbs C: Lefty
10/11 GP: 14 W: 9 L: 2 OTL: 2
SV%: .907 GAA: 2.73 SO: 1
30 Ryan Miller
A: 30 H: 6’2″ W: 175lbs C: Lefty
10/11 GP: 66 W: 34 L: 22 OTL: 8
SV%: .916 GAA: 2.59 SO: 5
Without a doubt, the Sabres’ most locked-in position going into the 2011/2012 season is goaltending. There is no battling for position; no fear of losing one’s job. Ryan Miller is the clear-cut starting goaltender. Jhonas Enroth is his new backup, and the organization’s first backup that both the team and fans have confidence in since Marty Biron left in 2007. That’s it, end of story.
With a retooled defense and backup capable of winning games, Miller should be able to take off maybe 20 games without worrying that he might have to play a stretch to make up lost points. With a chance to prove himself a real NHL-caliber goaltender without fear of demotion, Enroth can get settled and prep for 15-20 games.