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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.

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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.

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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.

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Miller (leg) has been ruled out from a return before the conclusion of the regular season, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.

The news would seem to confirm that Miller isn't recovering as quickly as anticipated and will miss the long end of the 4-to-6 week timetable the Canucks laid out for his return in late February. The Canucks have been able to stay afloat with Eddie Lack ascending to the top spot on the depth chart, and he's excelled to the point that the team could have a legitimate goalie controversy once Miller is due back. Miller's three-year contract affords him job security for the long haul, but the Canucks may not be willing to pin their hopes on the netminder in the playoffs while he's coming off a long-term injury.

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Coach Willie Desjardins said Miller remains 2-to-3 weeks away from returning to games, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

Miller's return timetable seemingly lines up with the original 4-to-6 week absence the Canucks outlined back on Feb. 25. The team has received strong outings in the net from Eddie Lack in Miller's stead, so there's no immediate need to rush the veteran goalie back at less-than-optimal health while the Canucks continue to perform competitively.

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General manager Jim Benning said Wednesday that Miller's MRI confirmed a sprained knee, which will keep him out for approximately 4-to-6 weeks, TSN 1040 AM reports.

The Canucks were fully bracing for Miller to miss multiple weeks after he suffered the injury in a collision Sunday. The lengthy recovery timetable will threaten Miller's availability to return before the end of the regular season, forcing the team to cast their lot with the goalie combination of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom over the next several games. Those in season-long leagues who haven't already dropped Miller may want to consider doing so given that he only figures to see a handful of starts at best over the remainder of the season.

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Miller (leg) is being listed on injured reserve on the Canucks' official website.

GM Jim Benning announced after Miller underwent an MRI on Monday that the goalie had no definitive timetable for a return, though it appears likely that the team is preparing for a multi-week absence. Jacob Markstrom was recalled from AHL Utica in a corresponding move to give the team an extra goalie, while Eddie Lack assumes the No. 1 role for Vancouver for the foreseeable future. The Canucks should gain more clarity on a timetable for Miller once he's able to resume skating again.

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Miller will fly back to Vancouver on Monday to have an MRI, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports.

Once the Canucks get the results of Monday's test, they'll have a better idea regarding the extent of the injury that he suffered in a collision during Sunday's game against the Islanders. Eddie Lack will pick up the extra playing time in goal while Miller is on the shelf.

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Miller was removed from Sunday's game against the Islanders, after colliding with another player.Miller was replaced by Eddie Lack early in the second period, shortly after the Canucks took a 1-0 lead. Vancouver's next game is scheduled for Tuesday in Boston, and there will likely be an update on Miller's status after Sunday's game.

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Miller will start between the pipes against the Islanders on Sunday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.Miller was the expected goalie for Sunday's contest, and he is indeed in net for a tough matchup against the high-powered Islanders. He's coming off a tough outing in net, and will look for a better result Sunday.