Buffalo Sabres Return to NHL’s Elite as the Legend of Miller and Myers Grows

January 9th, 2010 by Sydney Hunte Leave a reply »
Without a doubt, the key to the Buffalo Sabres' success has been Ryan Miller.

His .935 save percentage—tops in the NHL.  A GAA of just over 2—bested by only Antti Niemi's 1.82 and Tuuka Rask's 1.92.  His five shutouts tie him with Ilya Bryzgalov and future Hall of Famer Marty Brodeur for the league lead.  Only Brodeur (27) has more wins this year than Miller's 25.

By all accounts, Miller should be a heavy favorite to win the Vezina—and maybe even the Hart—if he continues his exploits.  He stopped 48 out of 50 shots as the Sabres held off the Leafs to win 3-2 on January 8.  Rarely do you see him have an off night, and when he does, you wouldn't know it by the way he plays in his next start.

He hasn't been the only driving force behind the Sabres, who have returned to the top of the standings after back-to-back seasons missing the postseason.

That's where Tyler Myers enters the picture.

There have been many times I've listened to the Sabres games and have heard it mentioned that media members of opposing teams have complemented the 19-year-old's play. 

It's hard to believe that Myers is a rookie, ev ...

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