Tropp acknowledged his comfort’s increasing with each recall. When he’s healthy, the second-year pro’s usually the first forward the Sabres summon.
“The first stint I was more nervous,” Tropp said. “I think every game you play and every practice you get up here, the more game time you get, you’re just going to get more comfortable and you’re going to adjust to the pace of the game. That’s all you want is to be able to show you can play and contribute at this level.”
Tropp left a wildly inconsistent Amerks team that, like the Sabres, has dealt injuries and a depleted roster most of the season. Entering Friday, the Amerks had only won two straight once since the calendar flipped to 2012.
“Down there, I think we’re finally getting healthy,” Tropp said. “We’re starting to play a little bit better. We had a good game Wednesday night. The big thing down there is consistency.”
Meanwhile, Boyes, who was hurt Tuesday, is “close,” Ruff said. He could play tonight in New York against the Rangers.
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has 25 career shutouts, a nice number that ranks second in franchise history to Dominik Hasek’s 55. Miller could have about 10 more, however.
According to statistician Mike Haim, Miller has lost a shutout 10 times with five minutes or less left, six with three minutes or less left and three in the final minute.
The Islanders’ Frans Nielsen ended Miller’s shutout bid Tuesday with 5:08 remaining.
The Sabres scratched defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani (healthy) and winger Cody McCormick (upper body).
Migraines forced Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta out of the game briefly.