Ruff ready to ramp up Miller
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01-06-2012, 12:32 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Miller is nothing more than an average goaltender this season which is part of the Sabres problem. I used to consider him a core player for the franchise but Iíd be hard pressed to make the argument anymore. Is it possible his magical 2009-2010 season which included a Vezina Trophy and Silver medal for Team USA was the high point of his career?
Outside of the first couple weeks of the season, Miller has looked uncomfortable on too many nights. Whether its giving up big rebounds, bad stickhandling decisions, being out of position, fighting the puck or giving up soft, un-Miller like goals, something is wrong with his game and the numbers bear it out.
Millerís 3.05 goals against average is 35th in the NHL. Iím using stats for goalies who have played at least 15 games this season. To put it in perspective, his career worst GAA is 2.73. Millerís save percentage of .900 is 34th and a little behind his career worst of .906.
At a time when the Sabres offense has been colder than the winter to this point, the number one goalie hasnít been good enough to bail them out.
On this weekís Lindy Ruff show, the head coach told WGR the lack of scoring has put a lot of strain on both Miller and Jhonas Enroth but he acknowledged they arenít getting the big save at the crucial time. Ruff also said its time for Miller to ďpick up the ball and run with it.Ē Unfortunately the netminderís play the last 2 months gives no indication that is about to occur.
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