The Buffalo Sabres are suddenly trying to make a late playoff push and Ryan Miller is getting hot. Those two facts pretty much go hand in hand. Miller made 37 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped all three shootout attempts Sunday as the Sabres pulled out a 3-2 win over New Jersey, their third straight. Miller will almost certainly be in goal again tonight when the Sabres meet the skidding Winnipeg Jets in MTS Centre and try to win four in a row for the first time since a five-game run 13 months ago. The backdrop to this streak, however, is these could be Miller’s last games in Buffalo. There were plenty of rumors about him at the trade deadline and speculation is rife the Sabres are looking to unload him during the offseason, likely before the NHL Draft June 30 in Newark, N.J. That speculation was only heightened when one of the pieces that came back from Minnesota for Jason Pominville was a prospect goalie, 23-year-old Matt Hackett. While Miller was stoning the Devils on Sunday, Hackett was doing likewise in his debut for Rochester against Albany with almost similar numbers – 39 saves, all three in a shootout and a 3-2 win. “You try to be professional and prepared,” Miller said over the weekend. “What I was trying to do was put everything aside. Everything else can wait. Just try and be right here, right now. Play some hockey and see how it goes. “You just put it away, compartmentalize it and address it later. In this case there’s not much to address until the end of the season.” Last year, Miller was visibly angry on an off day in Anaheim the day after close friend Paul Gaustad was traded to Nashville. But Miller channeled the anger into back-to-back shutouts in Anaheim and San Jose to start the Sabres on an 11-2-2 binge that nearly produced a playoff berth.
Miller steps up for Sabres with time winding down
Buffalo News | Apr 9