Had a good chance to talk to Ryan Miller after practice today (cheap plug: read all about it in Wednesday's paper). His even keel is downright amazing. That's why he's having such a great year. The frustration that would build earlier in his career rarely surfaces anymore. When I asked him if he felt particularly in a zone this year, he pointed to other years where you just can't always predict what was going to happen just by how he felt.
Here was his response:
"I've felt good, like I've made good reads and committed to them and they've worked out. I've had nights where I've felt amazing and get beat 5-1, 6-1 just by tip plays or things happening around me or I make a read that doesn't go right. I've had nights where I"ve been sick as a dog, barely able to move, feel horrible, make all the wrong reads and for some reason they miss. I'm just trusting that what I'm doing is the right way to prepare, what I'm doing on the ice is the right read. I just want to make the best save selection I can and commit to it ... If it doesn't happen, you try to reset and make the next save."
Miller doesn't seem to carry a bad play or a bad period into the next one (Forget a bad game. Has there been one this season, other than maybe the home visit by Philadelphia?)
He's in the zone. You have to hope he stays there for both the sake of Team USA and the Sabres. Two straight years of not making the playoffs and the disappointment of last year's ankle injury has Miller playing the best hockey of his life. Even if he's understandably not going to take a leap into that kind of analysis.
It could be quite a ride to watch these next few months.