Sabres Miller misses practice.. did not travel to DC

April 1, 2011 Updated Apr 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM EDT

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April 1, 2011 Updated Apr 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW.com) Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller missed practice on Friday morning, and then did not join the team on the charter headed for Washington D.C.. The team said earlier in the day that Miller was scheduled to make that trip, but Sabres officials now confirm that the goaltender did not travel.



Sabres are getting ready for back to back road games Saturday at the Capitals, and Sunday in Carolina.



Miller remains listed as "day to day" with an "upper body injury". His availability for the weekend remains unclear. "It will really depend on where he is at tomorrow", said Head Coach Lindy Ruff.



Ruff would not comment on if Miller went through testing for a concussion, but doesn't believe the goaltender will miss significant time. "I think that's the positive thing. We are not looking at anything long term here".



With Miller on the mend Jhonas Enroth earned a shutout against the New York Rangers on Thursday, and is likely to see action this weekend. "It's a big weekend for us. Two big games. These are the games that are fun to play. I'm really excited.", said Enroth. "If I play tomorrow I'm looking forward to that".



Enroth improved to 6-2-1 on the season with the win over New York and has earned the respect of his teammates. "We have a lot of confidence in Jhonas", said Drew Stafford. "He gave us a boost with
some huge saves (against the Rangers)".



"Injuries, every team goes through them", added Thomas Vanek. "We are confident in Jhonas and Patty (Lalime) whoever plays. It's unfortunate that he got hurt. Can't worry about that".



Jochen Hecht and Mike Grier have been ruled out for the Saturday's game in Washington. Patrick Kaleta skated with the team on Friday. He hasn't been cleared for contact, but hopes to return to game action by the end of the regular season.

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