The Flyers boast one of the league's most-potent group of forwards, so the Sabres are getting their defensemen ready right now. The Sabres are running a two-on-one drill, with the D-men left on an island.
Laviolette reiterated that updates regarding injuries are issued by Holmgren, a position established in prior seasons. That said, Laviolette's comment today was “It’s unusual not to have Mike here, yeah, because he’s here every other day of the year.”
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Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 04-13-2011 at 02:07 PM.
Ive never been more nervous about our goaltending before. It just always seems like Bob is looking the wrong way when its behind the net etc. Let alone the soft shots from the hash marks going in half the time. Oh god do we need Pronger
Miller is Buffalo’s leader and raison d’etre in these playoffs. Talk all you want about defensive matchups, offensive depth and special teams. In the end the Sabres will go as far as their goalie will take them.
When healthy, Miller can take a mediocre team and single-handedly lead them past a Stanley Cup favourite. At the very least, he will ensure that the seventh-seeded Sabres do not get trampled on during their opening-round series against the second-seeded Philadelphia Flyers.
“He’s going to be the key for our team in any situation we’re in,” Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers said. “That’s how good of a goalie he is. He’s the backbone of the Sabres. It doesn’t matter what playoff series, what game we’re in, he’s always the key.”
The Flyers, who will once again try to succeed despite their goaltending, are going with three different keys: Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher and Michael Leighton. None of them might be the right fit. But even so, Miller is not yet giving the Sabres the edge in net.
“For however much is made about Philadelphia’s goaltending, they made the finals last year,” he said. “They’re a strong team. They’ve had Bobrovsky emerge this year and Boucher’s been consistent, then you have Leighton who’s gone through some series and into the Stanley Cup finals.
“I think it’s more on the dramatic side, something to write about and something to talk about. It comes down to how your goalie performs anyways. You can hype me up as much as you want, I still have to come through and make the saves. You can downplay them as much as you want, maybe they’ll surprise somebody.”
For what it is worth, the only thing surprising out of Miller’s game this season was how much he seemed to struggle. A year ago, he was the tournament MVP at the Olympics and the Vezina Trophy winner in the NHL.
I honestly dont think miller is even going to be that great, he has played sparringly in a month, he doesnt do well with traffic, and he didnt have a stellar season to begin with. Miller has never really "shut down" the flyers and in his last regular season game against columbus he looked bad. Rip a slapper into his collar bone right off the bat, see how he reacts. Also I can bet his arm movement on the side of his sore collar bone is slower than normal, shoot high and often.