The St. Louis Blues made the big move before this year’s NHL trade deadline to bring goaltender Ryan Miller into the fold with one purpose in mind: win the Stanley Cup. The Blues faltered down the stretch to finish second in the Central Division and will face the reigning champions, the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One of the playoffs.
There are a number of factors that could tip the ice for either the Blues or the ‘Hawks, including the obvious choices: injuries, fatigue, scoring, and of course, goaltending. I don’t think any of those is the key to the Blues winning the series.
The Blues finished the regular season with a 3-2 record versus their neighbors from the north, but St. Louis lost the last two, and Miller wasn’t in net for any of the three wins. He gave up 4 goals in a loss in Chicago on March 19, the beginning of a rough streak over the last ten games.
What’s the major difference between the Miller St. Louis got from Buffalo and the goalie who they’re leaning on heading into tomorrow’s Game One match-up with the Blackhawks? It’s the key St. Louis obviously needs to unlock the Miller who won his first four starts wearing the Bluenote: The White Mask!
Take note, Blues fans! Miller stormed into the lineup, replacing Jaroslav Halak as the starting netminder and went 7-1-1 over his first 8 games. All wearing the white mask. Yes, he lost the last game in which he wore it, that ugly affair in the Windy City, but it was likely because he was thinking about the new artwork awaiting him. Masked by the new lid, Miller ended the 2013-14 regular season 3-7. Ryan, I’m begging you, BRING BACK THE WHITE MASK!
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!