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Struggling Miller needs to ‘get through this stretch and be there when it counts’

Apr 11, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

Kyle Brodziak , Kevin Shattenkirk, Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Miller AP

“Ultimately he has to make the big saves. That’s why we brought him here. He has to make the saves you’re not supposed to make.”

— Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, on why he acquired goalie Ryan Miller prior to the trade deadline (Canadian Press)

“I’ve got to find a way to make a save. It’s been two weeks of this. I’ve got to find a way out of it myself. It’s a tough stretch of hockey for me as far as goals-against go. I don’t feel like it’s too far away, as far as my game, but it’s got to be better. Just need to get through this stretch and be there when it counts.”

— Miller, after allowing four goals on just 13 shots last night versus Minnesota, the third straight start he’s allowed four goals and lost in regulation (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Miller’s save percentage in those three starts? A lowly .813. And his overall save percentage in 17 appearances for the Blues is just .903, a significantly lower number than the .923 mark he registered in Buffalo prior to the trade.

So, yes, like he said, he’s “got to find a way to make a save.”

The good news is, the playoffs haven’t started yet, and that’s where the Miller trade will really be judged. “When it counts.”

The potentially bad news is, the Blues’ current slide may end up costing them first place in the Central Division, and that would result in a first-round match-up with the defending champs from Chicago. Who are pretty tough to beat “when it counts.”

  1. yetidad - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Go Wild! Miller got scored on twice by Brodziak who couldn’t find a net if it was draped over his head.

  2. thomasvanek - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    If you look at that last game I would blame him for the first goal and somewhat the first. Stats don’t always tell the story.

    • thomasvanek - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I meant to say and somewhat the fourth by the way

    • hennessey1200hp - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      the wild were not even playing their first line after part way into the second. If you get scored on 1 time by Brodziak you might stink but twice? Play Miller Blues and lose

      • thomasvanek - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Bernier got scored on by John Scott and he is at least 3 times as worse as Brodziak. So does that mean that Bernier is a terrible goalie?

  3. mc321984 - Apr 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Buffalo fleeced the Blues in that trade!

  4. jimeco66 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Miller needs to get his head out of Anaheim. One game since the trade, has he won that Jaro may not have been able to. One game. Every other of Miller’s 10 wins Jaro could have won. I hated seeing Jaro go. It’s like Jaro got us to the playoff’s again, but let’s let Miller take the credit.

  5. djshnooks - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    No they didn’t…not yet. The Blues need to make the WCF. Buffalo needs that 1st round draft pick or this trade is a dud.

    As for Miller, he will be just fine when the games start to really count for something.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      lol…because thats what history tells us will happen? never won a game 7, never won a gold medal, no ncaa championship, never got past the 2nd round in the ahl, no winter classic…nothing. he’s a loser by all definitions. plays great until the pressure’s on, then he gives up a soft one like the golden goal in 2010.

  6. penvik - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Miller is overrated!

  7. bluesdroogie - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    it really urts me to say this bt I almost wish we had halak back. or at the least let Elliot get a start more often. Hell, he has been great this year. I liked Miller, now not so sure, maybe its a rough patch or maybe he just cant hack it. The Blues did overpay. I like Ott, just fine, I think we could have gotten more for stewart though.

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