The Buffalo Sabres will play on the road against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night but they won't be seeing Ryan Miller in the opposing goal.
The Blues said on Wednesday that Brian Elliott will get the start against the Sabres.
Miller was asked if he was disappointed about head coach Ken Hitchcock's decision to have him sit out the game against the team that traded him on Feb. 28.
"There will be a lot of time to worry about that later," Miller told media after practice. "It's pretty fresh leaving that situation, so maybe it's just a nice little break."
Miller said he's looking forward to having his former teammates in town, but admits it will be strange to compete against them.
"It's a group of guys that I played with for a number of years and it will be a little bit different. They're all great guys and guys I count as friends and I'm looking forward to seeing them," said Miller.
Hitchcock said with seven games left on the regular season schedule, he has talked to both Elliott and Miller about who will play which games down the stretch.
"We want to make sure both guys get what they need," explained Hitchcock.
St. Louis has 109 points, three more than the Anaheim Ducks and four ahead of the San Jose Sharks as the clubs chase the top seed in the Western Conference.