get goaltender Ryan Miller back in the lineup

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Miller signed a two-year contract reportedly worth $4 million with the Ducks as an unrestricted free agent on July 1 with the intention of
letting him push starter John Gibson for playing time. He spent the past
three seasons playing for the Vancouver Canucks, but wanted to relocate
to Southern California, partly for family reasons. His wife, Noureen
DeWulf, is an actress and they have a young son, Bodhi. Duncan Keith Authentic Jersey The Ducks saw Miller, 37, as a valuable insurance policy, a player that
won the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goaltender with the Buffalo
Sabres in 2009-10.

But Miller's season, like so many others in Anaheim, has been undermined
by injuries. In the preseason, he injured his wrist, which kept him out
of the Ducks' first 10 regular-season games. He made his season debut
with a 37-save victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 29, but
was injured in his fourth appearance of the season, a 4-1 win against
the Canucks on Nov. 9, setting him back once again.

The net effect meant that Miller saw 192:08 of playing time before
Saturday. In that limited action, he was 2-0-2 with a 1.88 goals-against
average and .943 save percentage.

With 360 wins, 19th on the ED Belfour Authentic Jersey NHL's all-time list, Miller has been around long enough to know
goaltending can sometimes be hockey's great equalizer. On Saturday, the
Ducks needed something to compensate for their depleted lineup.Not many
goaltenders can miss as much time as Miller has this season and go in
against the Kings and produce 58-plus minutes of shutout hockey. But
there is a calmness to his game that is transmitted to the position
players playing in front of him. Nothing seems to rattle him, even the
big-bodied Kings can make life difficult for goaltenders around the
crease, providing screens, a little bump here, a little bump there.

Even at his age, Miller moves post-to-post as well as any of the younger
men playing the position.

"I thought he was very good," Carlyle said. "He was steady. I thought he
gave us a chance. He's a pro, nothing really rattles him. He has his
quirks. He makes sure his equipment is just so, the stick has to be Erik Gustafsson Authentic Jersey taped this way, all those things.

"But when he goes in the net, he's in there to stop the puck and he
takes it seriously."

Miller is a scholar when it comes to the art of goaltending. You have to
be, he says, to stay relevant in a game that changes every season."You
can't make the same reads and expect to survive," Miller told NHL.com
earlier this season.

"You have to adapt. Glenn Hall Authentic Jersey What I've tried to do is bring a more modern approach to some of my
reads. You have to go a little bit with your gut at times and a little
bit old school.

"As we change, the shooters change and then we have to change. It's a
fun little dance."

Miller isn't with the Ducks to reflect on past glories, but to help them
overcome their early-season challenges. Against the Kings, the Ducks
dressed 11 forwards. Of those 11, three (Kevin Roy, Mike Liambas and
Kalle Kossila) combined for one NHL game prior to this season. Two
others (Logan Shaw and Chris Wagner) are each in their first full NHL
season.

After the Ducks begin their trip in Chicago, it doesn't get any easier
with games at the St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville
Predators and Vegas Golden Knights. With their defense finally intact,
they will be trying to squeeze out a lot of low-scoring wins until their
offense returns to health. Gibson and a now-healthy Miller could be
integral in helping the Ducks stay competitive until reinforcements
arrive.

Posted 27 Nov 2017

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