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Miller playing it safe with groin injury

Oct 7, 2013, 3:19 PM EST

Ryan Miller AP

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller doesn’t want his minor groin injury to turn into a major one. So after sitting out Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Pittsburgh and skipping today’s practice, the 33-year-old wasn’t ready to commit to playing tomorrow at home versus the Lightning.

“I was a little tight after the last game, and I just wanted to be cautious early in the season,” Miller told The Buffalo News this morning after hitting the ice to take a few shots following Monday’s practice.

“So far, so good. I felt better than I kind of anticipated, so I’ll see if I can make myself available. But no practice today, and after a couple days off I’m not sure what the right course of action will be.

“I just want to make sure it’s not going to be something that’s going to turn into weeks. I thought it’d be a day or two, and it took about a day longer. It’s just not something you want to creep into your body, your game, your mind-set. Get it out, get it done. You don’t want groin stuff to pop up.”

Miller played well in Buffalo’s first two games, stopping 77 of 80 shots for a save percentage of .963. Unfortunately for the veteran goalie, the Sabres didn’t give him any goal support and he ended up taking the loss in both outings, 2-1 to Detroit and 1-0 to Ottawa.

Buffalo has been outscored 7-2 while starting the season with three straight losses.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Doesn’t wanna get hurt too long and miss a chance to play in the Olympics and on a new contract with a new team

  2. matt14gg - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I’m not the biggest Miller fan in the world, but Buffalo can’t ask for more than he’s given them. Just do him a favor and trade him to a contender so he has a chance. I do believe a part of him is thinking about his future and not getting hurt and the Olympics and his contract and a chance to play for another team. He’s going to make sure he’s completely healthy and not take any chances.

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