Ryan Miller had a game to forget last night in Dallas. The Canucks’ starting netminder allowed five goals on 13 shots, before getting pulled early in the second period for backup Eddie Lack, as Vancouver went on to lose, 6-3.
Next up for the Canucks? A date Thursday in St. Louis against a Blues team to which Miller was traded in late February and with which he failed to perform well in the playoffs.
“He probably would like that game,” said Miller’s coach, Willie Desjardins (TSN 1040 audio). “I think that whenever you’ve been some place and it hasn’t worked out, you want the chance to come back and prove yourself.”
Desjardins wouldn’t confirm that Miller would indeed get the nod, but it would be a surprise if he didn’t. Vancouver also plays Friday in Colorado, a game that Lack could start.
It’s been a mixed bag of results for Miller so far in Vancouver. The good included a season-opening 4-2 win in Calgary, as well as a 28-save shutout in Edmonton. The not-so-good saw him allow four goals in a 5-4 shootout win over the Oilers (he wasn’t happy with a couple of the shots that beat him), and, of course, there was last night’s debacle in Dallas, a result that left Miller with an unenviable save percentage of .884.
The Blues, by the way, have been getting good goaltending from their tandem of Brian Elliott (1-2-1, .924 SV%) and Jake Allen (1-0-0, .960 SV%). It’s a lack of offense that’s been the issue for St. Louis (2-2-1), which has already been shut out twice this season.