Yeah... he might be the only obstacle to Nabby for winning the Vezina..
First off, the League says the Olympics and Playoffs do not influence the voting... but honestly, someone will remember Miller for his USA performance in the Olympics. I mean, can anyone really forget how he stood on his head till the very end?
Next thing is he is currently near the top at all the important goalie statistics (GAA, Wins, and SV%). He is currently second in GAA (currently at 2.16), seventh in wins at 37, and first in SV% (.931). The stats seem to line up in the favor of Miller, all of them except for wins (which Nabby almost always leads the league in...)
And the third reason is... well... Eastern Conference Bias. Looking at the past winners... how many times have the Western Conference won the Vezina Trophy? A shocking 3 times since the 1990-91 season. That's saying out of 18 seasons, the Western Conference won it 3 times. Sure there was Dominik Hasek... but still, facts are facts.
Yet, why should Nabby win? I mean, he seems to be "less superior" to Miller in stats and in the odds. So how can he win?
Can we say one thing? The Western Conference is MUCH SUPERIOR to the Eastern Conference in oh... everything except the Capitals... I'm not being mean or anything, but they stink as bad as rotten eggs. Washington currently has 101 points.. while second place, Pittsburgh, has 87 points (HEY! SID THE KID'S NUMBER!!!). San Jose is ahead by 2 points of Chicago, who is 5 points ahead of Vancouver.. a lot closer than 14 points...
Also, the Sharks seem to take less shots than the other teams. They really limit teams to not as many shots as they can (there are some exceptions), and seem to keep possession of the puck (not as of recently though).
And someone gave me the lame excuse that Miller was the reason why Buffalo is #3 in the East... well isn't Nabby one of the reasons the Sharks are #1 in the West?
Another side point, the MVP is "supposed" to go to the player that is the most valuable to his team... so then why the the most point getter almost always get it? I think a person like Patty should be nominated for it, cause well, he's just so great offensively and defensively (if Datsyuk wins the Lady Byng, I swear I would be dog-gone mad...)