Ryan Miller stopped 83 of 85 shots, went 3-0-0 and posted two shutouts in three games last week, and that was enough for him to be named NHL First Star of the Week today. Corey Perry of Anaheim was No. 2 and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who had two shutouts and was 2-0-1, was named No. 3.
"It's nice this time of year to have a little stretch where you're recognized like that I guess," Miller said after practice today in HSBC Arena. "It lines up with the way we've been playing as a team, really paying attention to detail and with good emotion in the game. I guess that's exactly what we need this time of year. A goalie a lot of times can be a difference-maker but is really a reflection of the way the team plays."
Miller posted an 0.67 goals-against average and .976 save percentage last week. After struggling early with injuries and the team's poor play, Miller has improved his record to 33-21-8 with a 2.58 GAA and .916 save percentage. His 220 career wins are 14 shy of Dominik Hasek's franchise record, so he should be looking at that sometime early next season.
The Sabres play Tuesday in Toronto and Miller's 24 wins and four shutouts against the Leafs are his most against any opponent. The Rangers are here Wednesday and Lundqvist has been red-hot, stopping 77 of 78 shots in his last three games (0.32 GAA and .987 save %). His team, however, has scored just three goals, posting a pair of 1-0 wins and a 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa.
As for the injury/roster updates, Lindy Ruff gave the media this rundown:
---Jordan Leopold's trip to see a hand specialist was postponed because he has come down with the flu. So it will be a few more days before that appointment can take place.
---Mike Grier was held off the ice because of his sore knee but Ruff does not expect him to miss any time.
---Nathan Gerbe missed practice today due to a family issue but will rejoin the team tonight in Toronto and will play tomorrow.
---Mark Mancari and Marc-Andre Gragnani are both with the club. Ruff said Gragnani may be kept around as an extra defenseman because he can also play forward. Ruff said Tyler Myers has been dealing with a rash from some flu medication he's been taking but should be able to play tomorrow as well.