Miller was playing in his first game since being acquired by St. Louis in a five-player deal with Buffalo on Friday. In addition to posting a 284-186-57 record in 10-plus seasons, all with the Sabres, Miller entered the game 6-0-0 with a shutout and a 1.15 goals-against average in his career against Phoenix.
Miller won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie in 2010, the year he was the Most Valuable Player of the Olympic tournament in Vancouver, and is Buffalo's franchise leader with 284 victories and 540 games. This season, he's 5-22-3 with a 2.72 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He's 284-186-57 with a 2.60 GAA and .916 save percentage overall.
Before the game, general manager Tim Murray acknowledged he's shopping the goalie with the intention of dealing him before the league's trade deadline on March 5. Miller is on the block because he's in the final year of his contract, and Murray is unsure whether the 33-year-old is prepared to re-sign with a team that's rebuilding through youth.
Murray says he's received interest from more than two teams but less than 10 regarding Miller, but added it's too early to determine whether a deal can be made for the 11-year veteran.
Miller is 7-2-1 over his last 10 starts with an impressive 1.64 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.
Miller has quickly turned things around after an awful start to the season. He's 5-1-1 with a 1.81 GAA in his last seven starts.
Miller stood out as the Sabres were outshot 50-17. He stopped 12 shots from Alex Ovechkin before the shootout and then stopped him and five others in the tiebreaker.
He's 4-1-0 with a 1.56 goals-against average and .952 save percentage since Dec. 10.
With his 46th shootout win, Miller took sole possession of the record for most shootout wins in NHL history. The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist has 45.
He's allowed three goals in two games after yielding 10 in the two games prior.
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