Can Ryan Miller’s Return Help Buffalo Sabres Get First Win?

Ryan Miller

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The Buffalo Sabres have yet to get a win this season, but they will hope that the return of star goaltender Ryan Miller can help change that when they face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Miller has sat out the last two games while battling a groin injury, and Jhonas Enroth filled in for him. Enroth posted an 0-1-1 record with a 2.96 goals-against average, but if Miller is healthy and ready to go there should be no reason to think he won’t get the start.

Miller struggled last year, and after a late-season sell-off is left with very few offensive weapons in front of him. The Sabres are averaging one goal scored per game, while allowing an average of 2.5 against. Miller was solid in his first two starts, and despite his 0-2 record boasts a 1.53 goals-against and a .963 save percentage. The Buffalo offense faces a tough test as they go up against Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 1-1 this season with a 2.89 goals-against average. Miller is trying to show he deserves a spot on Team USA for the 2014 Olympics, so he should be extra motivated to play well no matter how bad the team in front of him is playing. Thomas Vanek has once again led the way offensively, and has a goal and three points through four games. The Blue Jackets are also still looking to find a little momentum, and will look to Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky to try and test Miller on Thursday night.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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