Ryan Miller G VAN 3 days ago

Miller will serve as the backup goalie for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Flames, as Eddie Lack makes the start, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.

Miller returned from a seven-week absence due to a knee injury to start Saturday's regular-season finale against the Oilers. A strong turn in goal might have resulted in him earning the nod for Game 1 of the postseason, but he was only able to turn away 23 of 28 shots before escaping with the overtime win. Since Miller wasn't overwhelmingly impressive this season before his return from injury, coach Willie Desjardins opted to stick with Lack, who guided the Canucks to the playoffs while Miller was sidelined. Nonetheless, Lack's overall numbers weren't dramatically better than Miller's, so both goalies could see a fair amount of work throughout the first round.

Ryan Miller G VAN 7 days ago

Miller returned to the lineup Saturday, stopping 23 of 28 shots in an overtime win over the Oilers.

Not a great outing for Miller, especially when you consider the team he was going up against. Don't be too concerned, though, as he was making just his first appearance since April. 11. Miller finishes the season 29-15-1 with a .911 save percentage and 2.53 GAA. While he's recovered from his knee injury, 27-year-old Eddie Lack has been very good of late and it wouldn't be a surprise if Miller is sitting on the bench come Game 1 Wednesday against Calgary.

Ryan Miller G VAN 1 week ago

Miller will be in the crease for the Canucks' season finale against the Oilers.

After being activated from injured reserve Thursday, Miller served as the backup to Eddie Lack in a 5-0 win over the Coyotes. Like the Coyotes, the Oilers are another one of the league's bottom feeders with a 24-44-13 record, presenting Miller with a favorable opportunity to reestablish himself after a six-week absence. Coach Willie Desjardins hasn't labeled either Miller or Lack as his No. 1 goalie entering the postseason, but that could change if Miller excels in Saturday's outing.

Ryan Miller G VAN 1 week ago

Miller (knee) was activated from injured reserve and will serve as the backup to starter Eddie Lack in Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

The Canucks sent Jacob Markstrom back to AHL Utica to clear the way for Miller, who will be active for the first time since spraining his knee in a Feb. 22 game against the Islanders. With Miller checking out fine after practicing with the team the last couple of days, he'll be eased into action as the backup netminder Thursday, but it seems reasonable to expect him to draw the start for the Canucks' final regular-season game Saturday against the Oilers. If Miller fares well in that outing, he could conceivably enter the postseason as the Canucks' No. 1 goalie ahead of Lack, who has posted comparable numbers this season.

Ryan Miller G VAN 1 week ago

Miller (knee) could be healthy enough to serve as the backup goalie to Eddie Lack for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Jeff Paterson of the TSN 1040 reports.

Miller practiced with the Canucks once again Wednesday, sharing a net with Jacob Markstrom on the opposite end of the ice as Lack. Though Miller still remains listed on the Canucks' injured reserve list and needs to receive medical clearance to play, there appears to be growing momentum that he might be available for one of the last two games of the regular season. If Miller is able to demonstrate that he's sufficiently healthy for the postseason, it's possible he could reclaim the No. 1 job from Lack.

Ryan Miller G VAN 2 weeks ago

GM Jim Benning said Friday suggested that Miller (knee) hasn't been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and might be able to play as soon as next week, the Vancouver Province reports. "It could happen," Benning said. "We're going to take it day by day."

Miller joined the Canucks in Winnipeg for practice Friday, creating optimism that a return might be on the horizon. Benning said that they want the goalie to face shots in the next few days, and if all goes well, he could be cleared to man the net for one or two of the Canucks' final three games. Eddie Lack has kept the Canucks on sturdy ground for a playoff spot during Miller's absence, but it seems apparent the team would prefer to enter the postseason with the battle-tested Miller healthy and back in the crease on a regular basis.

Ryan Miller G VAN 2 weeks ago

Miller (knee) is expected to join the Canucks for practice Friday, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports.

While Miller's return to the team is potentially a good sign, his timetable reportedly remains unchanged. He's getting closer to returning to the club, however, which will be important for the Canucks as they prepare for the playoffs. However, the long lay-off and the play of Eddie Lack could prevent him from immediately retaking the No. 1 netminder role.

Ryan Miller G VAN 3 weeks ago

Miller (knee) faced shots at Thursday's optional practice, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

It's a positive sign for the goalie, but there still appears to be significant doubt that he'll be back before the regular season draws to a close. For the moment, the Canucks seem to be eyeing a postseason return for Miller, but given that he hasn't played since Feb. 22, it may be difficult for him to immediately win back the No. 1 goalie role.

Ryan Miller G VAN 4 weeks ago

Miller (knee) skated Tuesday morning while wearing his goalie equipment, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports.

Miller had previously been limited to skating without gear, so Tuesday's activity represents a step in the right direction, albeit a small one. The goaltender still isn't facing shots and appears unlikely to be back before the regular season draws to a close.

Ryan Miller G VAN 1 month ago

Coach Willie Desjardins said Thursday that Miller (knee) has resumed skating without gear.

It was suggested earlier in the week that the Canucks weren't expecting on having Miller back for the remainder of the regular season, but Desjardins hasn't been willing to confirm as much quite yet. While it's positive to see that Miller is back on the ice in some capacity, until he starts facing shots with his pads on during practice, fantasy owners shouldn't need to begin prepping for his return.