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Sabres to give Enroth the start in Northeast Division matchup with Montreal

MONTREAL – The Buffalo Sabres plan to give Ryan Miller a rare night off and go with Jhonas Enroth in goal against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old Enroth was called up from AHL Portland for the third time this season. In an earlier stint, he went 2-2-1 with a 2.89 goals-against average.

”He’s had his ups and downs this year, but when called upon here I think he’s held himself real well,” said coach Lindy Ruff. ”We look at this as an opportunity to take another look at him.

”We want him to come in here and help us win a game.”

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Enroth earned his first career victory in a 3-2 shootout at Toronto on Nov. 6.

Miller has played in 45 of the team’s first 54 games, including the last 31 dating back to Nov. 26. He gave up seven goals on 26 shots in a 7-6 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday.

Backup Patrick Lalime is 0-5 this season.

Defenceman Steve Montador is to sit out a fourth game with a concussion.

Montreal called up defenceman Brendon Nash from Hamilton for what could be his NHL debut. The Kamloops, B.C., native has 23 points in 50 AHL games this season.