Goalie Ryan Miller made his home debut for the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was his first game in St. Louis since being traded from the Buffalo Sabres last Friday. The Blues, who believe they have a team capable of competing for a Stanley Cup, brought in Miller as the final piece to the puzzle.
Against the Lightning, Miller had a shaky start as he allowed two first-period goals. After settling down, though, Miller showed why he was brought to the Blues. He only faced 17 shots, but he stopped the rest after giving up the two goals. Miller has proven for the past 11 seasons in Buffalo that he can put a team on his back and carry them.
The Blues are hoping he does just that for them this season. St. Louis has a great lineup as is and on paper, they should be able to compete with anyone on the ice. It’s been a while since Miller has been on a team with any relevance. This will be a chance for him to reassert himself as one of the top goalies in the NHL.
If Miller can play like he is capable of, St. Louis has just vaulted themselves into Stanley Cup Champion conversation. If he doesn’t perform up to expectations, this trade will go down as a bust in many Blues fans’ eyes. I have a feeling, though, those fans should prepare for a long ride through the postseason.