many of the posters on various blogs point to his stats post-lockout and boldly state that, outside of last year's vezina-winning campaign, miller is average, overpaid and should be traded...
and it's based strictly on goalie stats not taking in consideration the team that's in front of either goalie...so let's look at the stats for this season, starting with the teams (which the arm-chair gm's fail to mention):
the team breakdown goes like this...as of right now:
- detroit record, 27-11-6...buffalo, 19-19-5
- detroit, points percentage, .682 (2nd in the league)...buffalo, .500 (tied, 23rd)
- detroit goals/game, 3.39 (2nd)...buffalo, 2.65 (19th)
- detroit goals against/game, 2.82 (18th)...buffalo, 2.93 (20th)
- jimmy howard has a record of 22-7-3...ryan miller is 17-13-4
- howard has two shutouts...miller, three
- howard's gaa is 2.83...miller's is 2.64
- howard's save percentage is .906...miller's is .912
no, guys, it has nothing to do with the team in front of goalies...
i guess many still can't get over dominik hasek and will forever compare any sabres goalie to him