Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/06/11 at 06:09 PM ET
from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
Lindy Ruff doesn’t need to look at the stats any more than anyone else to know one thing: Ryan Miller hasn’t been as dominant as last season.
Miller will enter tonight’s game against San Jose ranked 28th in goals-against average (2.77) and 27th in save percentage (.907). Those numbers are a long way from last year’s Vezina Trophy-winning career bests of 2.22 and .929.
“I think just OK,” was how Ruff assessed the season for the Sabres goaltender. “He’s been a victim sometimes of some pretty tough breaks with deflections and pucks off of people’s skates on the backside. At the same time, he’s had a tough time grabbing that one big save for us at a key time in the game. There’s nobody that wants it more than he does. Short-term, if we can get his goals-against down, it’ll help us win games.”
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