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BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS: RYAN VS DREW

Tuesday, 12.04.2007 / 12:34 PM / Features
By Brian Wheeler  - Sabres.com
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BATTLE OF THE BROTHERS: RYAN VS DREW
Buffalo's Ryan Miller (photo: Getty Images)
The Buffalo Sabres west-coast road trip holds a special meeting for goaltender Ryan Miller.

When Buffalo squares off with the Anaheim on Wednesday, Miller will see a very familiar face wearing the black sweater with the words "Ducks" stitched on the front, his little brother Drew's.

For the first time in their professional careers, the siblings will spar when last season's President's Trophy winners face the defending Stanley Cup champions.  Drew, Anaheim's sixth-round selection (186th overall), made his NHL debut during the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals and has appeared in 19 games for Anaheim this season, registering two goals and four points.

"It's the first time ever besides the driveway, out in the street or in the basement that we'll play against each other," said Miller. 

The old cliche, "familiarity breads contempt" will be proven wrong Wednesday night.  The duo knows each other better than anyone else and have been looking forward to the match-up since the season schedule was announced over the summer.

"I don't know what the all-time series is at but it should be a lot of fun," said Miller.  "[Drew] said for years, the second he gets in the NHL he's going run me."

The Miller family is no stranger to organized hockey.  A total of 10 family members competed collegiately for Michigan State.  Three of Ryan and Drew's cousins have spent time in the NHL.  Cousin Kip even managed to score on Ryan while he was a member of the Washington Capitals.

Once the Sabres arrive, Ryan plans on getting reacquainted with his sibling.

Anaheim's Drew Miller (photo: Getty Images)
"I haven't seen him in a while and haven't seen him since he got engaged," said Ryan of Drew.  "So I'll take him and his fiance out for dinner, congratulate them and have some family time.  My family will be out there and it will be a lot of fun.  It will be a unique experience, and seeing as we're in different conferences, we'll have some fun with it."

While the good-natured jousting between the pair of brothers is endearing, make no mistake, both want to win.  They are professional hockey players by trade; paid to play a game they learned against each other as children. 

The meeting is simply icing on the cake.

"That's part of the job," said Miller of wanting to hold his brother scoreless in the game.  "It goes with the bragging rights.  More so than anything, we both enjoy winning a lot, so it's going to be more about how competitive we are and about our team's winning."

The surging Sabres and their starting goaltender hope to continue their winning ways at the expense of the younger Miller. 

After a poor outing against St. Louis last Wednesday that resulted in a 4-3 defeat, Buffalo rolled through the Carolina Hurricanes 8-1 on Saturday to win six of their last seven games.

The team is stationed in tenth place in the conference standings with 25 points and would love nothing more than to gain ground on a playoff berth.

"Obviously, we're looking for points [on the trip]," said Miller.  "We don't see a lot of these teams- I might see a little more watching [Anaheim] on TV with my brother playing - but until you play a team you just don't know."

Miller may not know all about the opponent, but he certainly knows plenty about one of their left wingers.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82