BUFFALO, N.Y. - Milan Lucic gave an honest answer when asked if he expects the Sabres to respond to his hit that knocked Ryan Miller out with a concussion two weeks ago.
"Yes. I'm not going to lie...yes," Lucic said on Tuesday. "We'll just wait to see what happens."
Following his hit on Miller, Lucic said that if a team had taken Boston's goalie out, they would have responded differently.
"I never pointed fingers at anyone specific, I didn't call anybody a coward, I just said we would have responded differently."
In the First Niagara Center's other locker room, Buffalo's players and coaches said they're more concerned with ending Boston's 9-game win streak that has Boston tied with the Sabres for the Northeast Division lead.
"It's no different than other game, aside from the fact that we're playing one of the best teams in the league right now," Jason Pominville said.
Since the Lucic hit however, the Sabres have been without Ryan Miller who suffered a concussion on the play. In his absence, Jhonas Enroth has filled in, with a 2-2 record since November 12th.
"It's going to be a tough game, we've been preparing for this game for three games right now, and I'm excited to play the best team in the league right now," Enroth said after Tuesday's practice.
Both teams will be under the watchful eye of NHL officials on Wednesday, and Lindy Ruff just wants his team to focus on getting two points and regaining sole possession of first place in the division.
"I don't know what to expect, we have to try to win a game, they're playing well. They're the Stanley Cup champions and a good team. Probably the best team in the league right now."