Campbell has good memories of Buffalo

Published12/11/2009 12:00 AM

Oh, yeah, Brian Campbell's going back to Buffalo, too.

While Patrick Kane's return to his hometown figures to get all the attention tonight when the Blackhawks play at Buffalo, Campbell will play his first game at HSBC Arena since the Sabres traded him to San Jose almost two years ago.


Campbell grew up in the Buffalo organization, a second-round draft pick in 1997, who played six seasons with the Sabres before being dealt.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Campbell said. "It's a place where I kind of grew up as a teenager to an adult, in hockey as well. I had a lot of good years there, a lot of success with our team and a lot of good fans."

Campbell could hear a few boos because of the way he left. The Sabres traded him near the deadline in 2008 when they realized they weren't going to be able to re-sign him as a free agent.

"Whatever happens, happens," Campbell said. "I know fans appreciated what I did there when I played there and that means the most to me. Whether they boo you, you take that as a compliment more than anything. It's about us going in there and getting 2 points and getting out."

Miller time: The Hawks had a tough time solving the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday. Now they get to face the hottest goalie in the league in Buffalo's Ryan Miller.

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It's Miller who leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.82), save percentage (.938) and shutouts (four) to go with 17 wins.

Former teammate Brian Campbell thinks the world of Miller.

"A few years ago there was a poll question who you'd start your team with. I like Ryan," Campbell said. "I think he's a great goaltender and if you know how he is off the ice, how he studies the game and studies shooters. He puts in a lot of time and effort into being the best.

He's acrobatic, but he's in position at all times."

Huet to start: Hawks coach Joel Quenneville will come back with Cristobal Huet in goal tonight in Buffalo, perhaps paving the way for Antti Niemi to get a home start on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Upon further review: Dustin Byfuglien's spectacular goal in overtime Wednesday against the Rangers was still being talked about Thursday at practice.

"It was a special play, a wow goal," Joel Quenneville said.

Does Quenneville wish he could see more of that out of Byfuglien on a consistent basis?

"You look at his production and you're not complaining about the number of goals he has (9 and tied for the team lead with Patrick Kane and Kris Versteeg)," Quenneville said. "I think the consistency thing is what we'd like to bring together. He's had some real good stretches so far this year. I just think he has that in him and he's a great asset to have with his size and strength."

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