St Louis Blues: Top 30 Goaltenders in Franchise History

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Mar 11, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller (39) guards the net against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

18. Ryan Miller

2014; 19 games, 10-8-1 record, .903 save percentage, 2.47 GAA, 1 shutout; 6 postseason games, 2-4 record

Miller, perhaps second only to Wayne Gretzky when it comes to big-name St Louis Blues trade deadline acquisitions over the years, played just 25 total games in a Blues uniform.

Many St Louis Blues fans remember him for losing his last five regular season games while allowing 18 goals over that span, or for losing his last four postseason contests while allowing another 13 goals. It’s also important to remember the good moments that Miller delivered, though.

The Blues didn’t lose a game in regulation with Miller in net until his ninth game, as he propelled them to four straight wins, was in net for an overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on March 11, and then picked up three more wins in a row.

Though the Blues began to sustain injuries up front at a ridiculous pace as that season drew to a close, it’s difficult to pinpoint what caused Miller to fall off, as he had a .883 save percentage for the rest of the regular season after those first eight games.

In fairness, he did pick up a shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers and a dominant victory (one goal allowed on 28 shots) over the Minnesota Wild during that period.

Though it wasn’t exactly pretty, it must be noted that Miller also was in goal for two St Louis Blues playoff victories, the first two games of their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. He made 64 saves on 70 shots during those two overtime victories, and he was also quite impressive in the Blues’ 1-0 loss in Game 3 when he allowed only one goal on 24 shots.

Things crumbled for Miller for the last three games, though, as he allowed 12 goals and was clearly a weak point as the Blues sought to keep their playoff run alive.

Miller’s poor postseason performance, as well as the NHL-readiness of Jake Allen, led to the Blues’ decision not to re-sign him after the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.

Next: 17. Jake Allen