Goalie nods: Miller faces Sabres for first time

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Miller to face ex-mates

Ryan Miller will take on Buffalo for the first time since last season’s trade to St. Louis when his new team, the Vancouver Canucks, host the Sabres tonight at Rogers Arena.

Miller spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career with Buffalo, going 284-186-57 with a 2.60 goals-against average and 28 shutouts. He also captured the Vezina award in ’10, becoming the first Sabres netminder to do it since Dominik Hasek.

Now a Canuck, Miller has done well throughout the first half of the year. He’s gone 23-11-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .917 save percentage, and sits second in the league with five shutouts.

No word yet on who’ll start for Buffalo this evening.

Elsewhere…

Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Blues at ‘Canes: Jake Allen vs. Anton Khudobin

Preds at Avs: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado, no word yet on a Nashville starter.

‘Hawks at Ducks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, Frederik Andersen likely for Anaheim.