Funny how your fortune can turn on a dime.
When the season started, this was absolutely zero talk about whether Ryan Miller would be hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end of the 2013-2104 season. After all, he was still playing for the Buffalo Sabres, a team that, statistically speaking, actually had a NEGATIVE percent chance of being crowned NHL championships this year.
Sure, there was plenty of talk about Miller being traded, but you don’t put the cart before the horse, and you don’t talk about a player winning the Cup before he gets to a team that could contend for the Holy Grail of Hockey.
Now that Miller has been shipped out to St. Louis, however, the Stanley Cup talk may begin in earnest! The Blues are currently the number three team in the Western Conference, their 84 points only two less than Chicago’s and only five less than Anaheim’s. More importantly, though, the Blues boast an impressive +59 goal differential so far – best in the NHL. St. Louis has the second-best offense in the NHL, scoring 3.2 goals per, and the third-best defense, surrendering only 2.27 goals a contest.
And now they have added Ryan Miller, a goalie whose name should have been included in any talk of the Vezina Trophy despite the fact the was playing for a 17-34-8 Buffalo Sabres squad.
Miller is expected to replace Blues goalie Brian Elliott, who is a capable goalie (15-5-2, 2.08 GAA and .917 save percentage) but who has failed to impress in the playoffs.
Let’s recap: the Blues can score. They can defend. And Ryan Miller now plays for them.
What do think – does he win the Cup this season? Let me hear ya!