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Fantasy Spin: Miller’s misery continues in latest loss

Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 11:19 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

By Eric Lipschutz - NHL.com Staff Writer

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Fantasy Spin: Miller’s misery continues in latest loss
It was another rough night for Ryan Miller and his fantasy owners, as the Buffalo Sabres goalie was pulled from the game early in the first period after allowing three goals on just 11 shots to Philadelphia.
Ryan Miller is officially slumping. In his most recent outing against the Philadelphia Flyers, Miller was pulled from the game early in the first frame after allowing three goals in just 11 shots. All this after not looking very sharp in his previous three games. Four straight losses for a high-end netminder? 
    
Ryan Miller suffered his fourth straight defeat after being pulled early in the first period of Buffalo's 3-2 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday. (Photo: Rob Marczynski/NHLI)
In his most recent "In the Cage" segment, NHL.com's fantasy hockey goalie guru Justin Goldman targeted Miller as trending downward and after his latest and most disappointing outing, there now has to be some cause for concern.  Miller has played well at times this year, particularly early on, but he clearly has not lived up to his billing as one of the League's elite goaltenders so far this season.

Though Miller’s poor stretch of play has baffled and frustrated many of his fantasy owners, there is really not much they can or should do at this point.  Miller is one of the most established goalies in the game playing in the prime of his career.  At this point, any funk he is in cannot be considered anything more than a rough patch.  Given his track record, there is no reason to think Miller can’t or won’t turn things around and put up numbers which would warrant his lofty expectations as the No. 5 goalie in NHL.com's fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta’s preseason rankings.

The best advice to offer fantasy GMs on what to do with Miller is simple: nothing. For the time being you need to keep running Miller out there as his play can pick up at any time.  You can bet there will be vultures looking to swoop in with sub-standard offers in an attempt to steal him away amidst struggles.  It is way too early to start thinking of selling low on Miller and clearly now is not the best time to start shopping him around.  Stick with Miller through his struggles and you’ll be happy you did. 
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