This contest also will be the first NHL matchup between brothers Ryan and Drew Miller.
Ryan, the Sabres' starting goaltender, won a career-high 40 games in 2006-07, and is 5-1-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average since Nov. 16. Overall this season, he's 10-10-1 with a 2.52 GAA.
Drew Miller, a rookie left wing for Anaheim, has just two goals and two assists in 19 games but hasn't registered a point in six straight.
"It's going to be weird," Drew Miller said. "I want to score on him and he wants to stop me. That's the name of the game. He's definitely a great goalie. Any way to score would be great. I know if I get shots on the net and I don't score, he's going to chirp for awhile."
Ryan called it a "little strange," while Drew said "It's definitely going to be weird. You're out there competing. I want to score and hit him, and he wants to stop me so (that's) the name of the game."
It will also signify an accomplishment that both made it to the NHL and continued the Miller bloodline. Cousins Kip, Kevin and Kelly played in the NHL in the 1980s.
"We've talked about it a long time," Ryan said. "He said if we ever went to the NHL he's going to run me."
Drew remembers those conversations.
"We had one of those last night," he said. "If I get a chance I'm going to try to bump into him a little bit."
I would say that 174 pound Drew running over anyone wouldn't do much, but on the other hand Ryan only weights 166(!).