Jhonas Enroth dueled Marty Biron to a tie through regulation, but in the end lost 3-2, gaining Buffalo another point. 5 out of 6 isn’t bad, considering they’d gotten, what, 1 out of 10 before that? Now to see how they fare against stronger competition, and not fellow basement dwellers.
I know Vanek is catching heat for not shooting on that play late. I liked his patience to move around the sliding defender, and he thought Roy had a better shot. Taken on it’s own, the play is fine. Some would see it as a pattern of Vanek passing up chances, which is true to a point. I think Thomas is just trying to contribute what he can while the goals aren’t coming. Games are more fun when Vanek is sniping, will admit that.
Enroth’s play has put Buffalo in an interesting quandry. He’s winning, something Lalime hasn’t done much of in his time here. His numbers aren’t super-impressive, but he’s made key saves and was strong in the two shootouts. People say he should go back to Portland to continue development, but to what end? Miller is the starter for the forseeable future, so what is Enroth’s career path? Backup goalie is the only option that keeps him here. If there was a trade offer that gave a solid return, I’d do it, but beyond that, what was he drafted for if not to play with the big club?