It’s Miller Time: Why Buffalo’s Ryan Miller Deserves the Vezina Trophy

March 22nd, 2010 by Spencer Timkey Leave a reply »
It has been a while since a Buffalo Sabre won the Vezina Trophy.

In fact, it's been almost a decade since Dominik "The Dominator" Hasek took home the trophy awarded to the league's best goaltender. Since then, the award has avoided Buffalo like the plague.

Ryan Miller, you're up.

Miller's outstanding play for Buffalo this season could have him hoisting his first ever Vezina in Las Vegas come June.

Miller, taken 138th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, is a favorite to win—and with good reason.

He has posted a league-leading .929 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average this season. Although closely followed by Florida's Tomas Vokoun (.928), a primary reason Buffalo sits atop the Northeast Division is because of the Michigan State product.

He sits second in GAA to the Boston Bruin's Tuukka Rask (2.08)—but Rask has played in just 36 games. Miller has given up four or more goals just seven times this season, but has never let in more than five.

He boasts a career-best five shutouts this season, one against Alexander Ovechkin and the red-hot offense of the W ...

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