Miller Time

Tuesday, 12.04.2007 / 7:01 PM / Features
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Miller Time
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com
 
Ducks winger Drew Miller

For the first at any level of their respective hockey careers, the paths of Ducks forward Drew Miller and his brother, Buffalo goaltender Ryan, will finally cross on Wednesday when the Sabres make their first appearance at Honda Center since Oct. 24, 2003.

Making matters interesting is the fact that left winger Drew will be looking to score on his brother minding the net for the Sabres.

“You don’t see it too often in the National Hockey League, where brothers face each other and it’s goaltender versus forward,” Ryan said.

Headed into Wednesday night’s game, Drew isn’t quite sure what emotions to expect. What he does know is that both he and his brother are looking for bragging rights. 

“It’s going to be weird,” Drew said. “I want to score on him and he wants to stop me. That’s the name of the game. He’s definitely a great goalie. Any way to score would be great. I know if I get shots on the net and I don’t score, he’s going to chirp for awhile.”

As Ryan took the same path he took through Michigan State and into the NHL, 23-year-old Drew has relied on his 27-year-old brother, who debuted with the Sabres during the 2002-03 season, for guidance. 

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller

“He played junior hockey before I did and then college and pro,” Drew said. “Every step of the way he had advice. It’s been great to have him to talk to.”

While the Sabres, who won last year’s President’s trophy, fell short of the Stanley Cup in falling to Ottawa in five games of the Eastern Conference finals, Ryan still made a point of attending the Stanley Cup finals to watch Drew make his NHL debut with the Ducks.

“It was hard for him to come out for the playoffs, but it meant a lot to me that he came and got to see me play because he hadn’t been able to see me play in a long time,” Drew said. “It was a really big thing for him to do. We’re best friends. Anything he’d do for me, I’d do for him.” 

As Drew is in the midst of his first full season with the Ducks this year, Ryan has been admiring his brother’s blossoming game from afar.

Drew Miller Highlights
Ryan Miller Highlights 

“Drew’s worked really hard,” Ryan said. “He’s a real strong playmaker and can play with anybody. I think that’s a unique skill to have at the pro level is when you can play with many different lines and be effective.”

Along with the Drew and Ryan, the entire Miller family knows a thing or two about hockey. In all, the Millers have had 10 members of the family play hockey at Michigan State and five of those go on to the NHL. Seeing two of those five compete against each other on Wednesday night will be a big moment for all of the family.

“This will be a very unique and fun opportunity for us and our family to have brothers playing against each other,” Ryan said.

Along with the Miller showdown, the Sabres coming to Honda Center also gives Ducks left winger Brad May a chance to play against the team he broke into the NHL with and played for from 1991-1998. Having played for four teams all in the Western Conference since leaving Buffalo, May hasn’t had many opportunities to face the Sabres since his departure.

“I haven’t played against Buffalo in five or six years. It’s been a long time,” May said. “I’m looking forward to it. It was a terrific place to start my career.”

Following Tuesday’s practice, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he sees plenty of talent in the Sabres, who have transitioned well since the offseason free agency departures of Chris Drury (NY Rangers) and Daniel Briere (Philadelphia).

“I think Buffalo’s playing the game at a very high pace,” Carlyle said. “They’ve got a lot of speed in their lineup. They’ve had an adjustment period with change in their lineup. The younger players that they had fill spots are now starting to get comfortable in the league. We know they are a very dangerous hockey club. They are playing much better of late.”

While the Ducks are looking to bounce back from two straight losses to Edmonton on Wednesday night, the Sabres enter the game having won six of their last seven games.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48


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