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Miller in line to reach rare goaltending milestone with 500th game, all with Sabres

By John Vogl

Ryan Miller wants to start the Sabres' season finale Friday. If he does -- and there's no reason to think he won't -- the goaltender will play in his 500th career game, all with the Sabres.

Here are a few charts that show how rare the milestone is:

There have been 61 goaltenders to play at least 500 games in the NHL, but only 19 have done it with the same team.

Martin Brodeur, NJ 1220
Tony Esposito, Chi 873
Terry Sawchuk, Det 734
Olaf Kolzig, Was 711
Billy Smith, NYI 675
Mike Richter, NYR 666
Turk Broda, Tor 629
Glenn Hall, Chi 618
Gump Worsley, NYR 582
Miikka Kiprusoff, Cal 576
Chris Osgood, Det 565
Evgeni Nabokov, NYI 563
Jacques Plante, Mtl 556
Patrick Roy, Mtl 551
Ed Giacomin, NYR 538
Mike Vernon, Cal 526
Kirk McLean, Van 516
Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 509
Marty Turco, Dal 509

Of the 61 goaltenders to play 500, here are the 10 who are still active.

Martin Brodeur, NJ 1220
Nikolai Khabibulin, Edm 794
Roberto Luongo, Van 745
Tomas Vokoun, Pit 700
Jose Theodore, Fla 648
Evgeni Nabokov, NYI 645
Miikka Kiprusoff, Cal 623
J-S Giguere, Col  574
Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 509
Martin Biron, NYR 506

Miller will become the 28th player to play at least 500 games for the Sabres.

Gilbert Perreault    1191
Craig Ramsay    1070
Mike Ramsey    911 
Rob Ray    889
Bill Hajt    854
Dave Andreychuk    837
Don Luce    766
Alexei Zhitnik    712
Rick Martin    681
Mike Foligno    664
Ric Seiling    664
Phil Housley    608
Lindy Ruff    608 
Richard Smehlik    589
Jim Schoenfeld    584
Thomas Vanek    584
Jay McKee    582
Jason Pominville    578
Miroslav Satan    578
Larry Playfair    577
Maxim Afinogenov    569
Jochen Hecht    566
Derek Roy    549
Curtis Brown    542
Jerry Korab    537
Rene Robert    524
Danny Gare    503
Ryan Miller    499


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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.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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