Jhonas Enroth Could Make NHL Debut Thursday in Carolina

Brandon K.Correspondent IFebruary 25, 2009

Buffalo Sabres prospect Jhonas Enroth may get his first NHL start Thursday night in Carolina, after being called up from Portland just a few days ago.

Enroth was called up after starting goaltender Ryan Miller suffered a high-ankle sprain Saturday night.

Patrick Lalime missed practice Wednesday due to flu-like symptoms. Sabres' goaltending coach, Jim Corsi, had to dress in place of Lalime for practice.

Sabres' Head Coach Lindy Ruff said he does not know if Lalime will be ready to go Thursday. If not, Enroth, 20, will get his first glimpse of NHL action.

The 5' 10", 180-pound Swede is one of Buffalo's top prospects.

So far in his rookie season for Portland, Enroth has started 43 games, compiling a 18-17-8 record with a respectable .915 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average.

Due to injuries to Portland goaltender Adam Dennis and prospect Nick Eno of Bowling Green, the Sabres options for Enroth's backup are Portland goaltenders, John DeCaro and Rob Lemelin.

The Sabres would have to sign one and call them up before they play Carolina on Thursday.

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Information for this article was found on wgr550.com

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