The Buffalo Sabres may be the worst team in the NHL, but they may have the best goalie in the world. Last night the Sabres beat the Washington Capitals at The First Niagara Center, and Ryan Miller stole the game; stopping 49 out of 50 shots. Not only was Miller all-world news broke that he will be named to the USA Hockey Olympic roster. Despite the lack luster performance of the Sabres, Miller has been in All-Star form for much of this season; solidifying his spot with USA Hockey.
For this season Miller has a GAA of 2.69 and a SV% of .927; while those numbers are not light out the fact that Miller has had to face 1,023 shots in 28 games says a lot about the 33-year-olds ability to keep his team in the game. Miller will be a UFA at the end of this season, and to his credit that has not affected his game.
This will not be the first time Miller will wear the Red, White, and Blue of USA hockey. Miller was in net for the 2010 Silver Medal team. Only one question remains; will Ryan Miller or Jonathan Quick get the number one sport for the Olympics? I’d give the nod to Miller. While Quick is an All-Star in his own right his is currently injured, and should be a bit rusty when the Olympics start in February.
“Olympics or not, he’s going to play like that no matter what,” said Drew Stafford, who scored the Sabres’ regulation goal. “If I’m picking the team, he’s my guy, but I’m a little biased on that end.” USA Today Sports
While my personal feelings towards Miller have gone back and forth I have little doubt that Miller is the goalie team USA needs to make a run at the Goad in Sochi.
“He’s the best goalie in the league, and I don’t say that lightly by any means,” Ott said. “The team didn’t steal the game; Ryan Miller stole that game for us.” USA Today Sports