Buffalo Sabres: Jhonas Enroth Making His Case As Backup Goaltender

November 24th, 2010 by Rich Lunghino Leave a reply »
He may have the wrong-colored pads, but rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth is making his case as the new backup goaltender of the Buffalo Sabres.

Enroth will get the nod tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it is becoming obvious that head coach Lindy Ruff has lost faith in Patrick Lalime. Ryan Miller is currently sidelined with a nagging groin injury, which gives management and fans a chance to evaluate the backup goaltenders.

Lalime’s costly giveaway to Adam Hall in a 2-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning provides an overview of Lalime’s career as a Sabre. He shut down the high-scoring duo of Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, but all of that is overshadowed by his grievous error. The team in front of Lalime has often been accused of not playing for him while he is in relief of Ryan Miller. In the five games Lalime has played this season, the Sabres scored a total of eight goals and were shutout in a 4-0 loss in Dallas.

In his career as a Sabre, Lalime has played in 45 games, posting a 2.99 GAA, a .902 save percentage and has had no shutouts. But the number that stands out most is his win-loss record which is an abysmal 9-25-5.
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