If there was ever a time for Ryan Miller to make a mark as a Canuck, it is in a couple of hours.
If it weren’t for Hockey Wives, I’m sure most of us would have forgot he was this cities number one goalkeeper. He was out of sight and out of mind.
Now a bunch of stuff has to happen for the Canucks to keep their season going.
Their penalty kill which was second in the NHL for 82 games, is last in the playoffs.
Vancouver also needs to score at the other end.
Ex-Flambe Sven Baertschi is an offensive threat. It will be hard for him to jump right into a NHL series and make an impact, but if he can ignite a spark under linemates Radim Vrbata and Nick Bonino that could aid things.
A lot of people in the know say Jonas Hiller is beatable. Watch how Flames collapse around their goal when the puck is down low. Also Calgary is halting rubber as they blocked 29 shots in game three alone. So Vancouver needs to free up some room, make some shooting lanes.
But unfairly it always comes down to the guy in the cool gear in the blue crease. Eddie Lack is the darling of the Canuck faithful.
Despite a 29-15-1 regular season, Miller has been forgotten because of his knee injury from February 22.
The Americans 40 minutes of work, no goals and 15 saves in game four was enough for Coach Willie D to go with his six million dollar man.
It’s the right call. There’s not much wiggle room with the fans for number 30, but this is Millers time to shine for the Canucks to survive game five.