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Playoffs approaching, Blues need goalie to step up

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Exactly as advertised, Ryan Miller came to the St. Louis Blues and the goals-against went down. Until the lineup starting losing bodies.

     They're hoping to get everyone on a lengthy injury list back sometime in the first round of the playoffs, and help Miller again be the cool, calm save machine they assumed they'd acquired. The Blues, who had been contending for the President's Trophy before their late-season fade, open Thursday at home as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

     Miller won his first four starts and seven of eight after the Blues acquired him from Buffalo. He finished 0-5 with a 3.82 goals-against average and woeful .856 save percentage.

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