Lindy Ruff has had to deal with questions about Ryan Miller's health on just two occasions this week, but it's clear the Buffalo Sabres' coach is already sick of them. Still, when the face of the franchise gets hurt, people are going to inquire.

Now that the goalie has skipped the team flight he was supposed to be on, Ruff should get ready because the questions are coming again today.

Miller skipped Friday's practice with his upper-body injury but was scheduled to travel with the Sabres for tonight's game in Washington. However, a member of the team's media relations staff said in a text message that Miller did not board the team charter. It was unclear if Miller was going to fly to the nation's capital on his own.

Jhonas Enroth will take the goaltender's place for the second straight game, but Ruff didn't rule out his No. 1 netminder for Sunday's contest in Carolina.

"It'll just really depend on where he's at [today]," Ruff said.

Hence, the questions about Miller's status will return -- and they will increase if he is not with the team.

"He's doing OK," Ruff said following Friday's skate in HSBC Arena. "He's just day-to-day with an upper-body injury. ... That's the positive that we're not looking at anything long-term here."

If the Sabres have worries about Miller, they certainly aren't showing it. The practice and dressing room chatter was typical for an off day. The outlook in Sabreland has been overwhelmingly optimistic since Terry Pegula took over as owner, and the players say one injury -- even one to a player as vital as Miller -- won't change the vibe.