… had a bad game. Well, a stretch of bad games, but regardless it happens. Essentially I’m reiterating Bulldog’s point in his blog post Breathe Deep, simply because he beat me to it.
There is no doubt Miller was off last night. We’ll disregard the defensive breakdowns that led to those goals because Miller usually makes those saves and we expect him to! After I was flooded with Facebook/Twitter updates calling for Miller’s head, I immediately came to the defense of Ryan Miller. It’s frustrating to see Miller struggle like this– no doubt about it, but everyone needs to calm down.
Ryan Miller is still a good goalie. I didn’t hear anyone complaining when Miller stood on his head to stop 40 of 41 shots against Montreal and stole the game. Also, I didn’t hear anyone complain 2 days later when Ryan Miller pitched a shut out against the Panthers. Sure, it’s inconsistent but Miller will bounce back.
Now, I’m not saying that if his play continues to spiral that the Sabres shouldn’t relieve him of his duties for Jhonas, but fans need to pull the reins back quite a bit. We all know Ryan Miller is a “heady” goalie– one who prefers to recoil into his own head then to express it openly. With that said, let him figure out his game. Instead of going into too much detail about Miller’s mental preparation, I suggest you read Paul Hamilton’s article discussing this aspect of Miller’s game.
Simply enough, fans are too quick to jump down Miller’s throat. There is a reason why many analysts, players and coaches consider Miller to be part of the elite in the league. Frankly, because he is. I would be shocked if Lindy Ruff doesn’t go right back to Miller the next game. If he didn’t, it would almost seem like he is losing confidence in his number 1 and it’s definitely not time for that yet.