G - ANA
Ryan Miller stopped 31-of-33 shots during the Ducks 3-2 win at Buffalo. The win gives Miller 385 tying him with Mike Vernon for 15th in league history.
This season Miller has played in 16 games and has a 7-5-3 record with a 2.93 GAA and a .910 save percentage. In his last five games he is 3-1-1 with 12 goals allowed.
The diagnosis for Miller is a sprained MCL and he will be out for over a month at least. Anaheim picked up Chad Johnson off waivers to fill his role.
Miller was probably one of the best backups in the league before going down, and he will come back as one in late January.
Miller allowed 4 goals on 27 shots that is safe to say ws not his, after he was forced to leave the game injured at 7:13 of the third period. Gibson came in relief to get the win in a shoootout.
Miller has a .922 SV% and a 2.72 GAA with 4 wins in 7 starts.
Miller helped the Ducks recover from a loss against Nashville by making 34 saves on 35 shots as a backbone in a 3-1 victory. Couple of gmaes later he came in relief of John Gibson past midway through the first period to propel Anaheim to an incredible 4 goal comeback, becoming the winningest US born goalie in the process, at 374 victories, tied with John Vanbiensbruck.
Miller is perhaps the best backup goalie in the league, even at age 38. When he starts, expect quality results.
Miller suffered his third loss in five starts, in no small parts thanks to a questionable game-plan turtling after grabbing a two goal lead, and an even more questinable game called by the zebras, who failed to whistle Sven Andrighetto for an obvious cross-check before the first Avs goal and called a dubious slashing with 15 seconds left in OT. The game should have been put to bed by Anaheim before it came to that though, so it will take another round of looking into the mirror by the Ducks after a questinable effort late.
Miller has 5 starts and only 2 wins at the quarter mark of the season and his load is unlikely to change going forward.