Pressure on Blues goalie Ryan Miller to deliver

St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller will be in the pipes as St. Louis battles Chicago on Thursday in Game...

St. Louis goalie Ryan Miller will be in the pipes as St. Louis battles Chicago on Thursday in Game 1. (USA TODAY)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

ST. LOUIS - He’s the cherry atop the sundae that makes Emeril Lagasse say, “BAM!”

Ryan Miller’s arrival in the Gateway City is supposed to topple the king in a chess game between masters.

The expectations placed upon Miller are simple: His abilities between the pipes are to elevate the St. Louis Blues from very good to great.

Great, as in Stanley Cup champions and nothing short.

Is it a pressure-packed spot for Miller? You bet.

But that’s the reality facing the 33-year-old netminder right now, and everybody’s watching to see how he deals with it.

Some players relish that level of scrutiny. Some are driven by it.

Miller says it’s just part of the gig.

“I’m just another piece. I’m trying to take that approach,” he said following Wednesday’s practice in anticipation of opening the playoffs Thursday against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks.


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