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MONTREAL -- Ryan Miller's goal entering the season was to be an elite goaltender. He's certainly achieved that so far, leading the NHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.

But with big numbers come big questions, as Miller found out today at the morning skate in Bell Centre. Miller was asked consecutively what he has to say about teammates calling him the "best goaltender in the world" and whether he believes he should be the MVP.

He said that while he's improved his game, he's benefiting from a more detail-oriented team, too. Later, after the cameras left, he explained how he avoids getting thrown off by such heady words.

"You just don’t let yourself buy into it,'' Miller said. "The best players in the world, they play entire seasons. They don’t 26 of 30 games with their team; that’s not even half our schedule. You get to Game 82 and we have a playoff berth, and we start competing for the ultimate prize, even then I’m not going to believe.

"If the season ends and it ends with a win, then maybe you can start believing it."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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