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There are a number of ways of evaluating goalies both objectively and subjectively, and Miller usually winds up on top.
In terms of Vezina voting, for instance, among Americans only Tim Thomas has more votes over the past five seasons than Miller, who is tied with Pekka Rinne for third. Quick is tied with Roberto Luongo for seventh overall, and Howard is 19th.
When using high-level, catch-all estimates, Miller is third overall over the past five seasons, just barely behind Thomas (Henrik Lundqvist is first). Howard edges Quick out for ninth.
In terms of straight-up save percentage in even-strength situations (to avoid the skewing effect of playing for highly penalized teams with ineffective penalty kills), Miller falls to 14th but is still ahead of Howard (17th) and Quick (21st). The only Americans who rate higher are Thomas (second) and Cory Schneider (seventh).
If there's an argument to be made for Howard, it's by how far his save percentage exceeds his partner's. He has bested Chris Osgood and Ty Conklin by .015, the fourth-largest advantage over this five-season period. Among Americans, Miller is tied with Craig Anderson for the next largest advantage, at .009, with Quick trailing not far behind at .007.
Finally, there's quality start percentage, which is meant as a replacement for wins and losses to crudely estimate how consistently a goalie gives his team a chance to win. By this measurement, Schneider is the league's best (69.4 percent) over the past five seasons, Thomas is third (65.9 percent), Howard is eighth (60.6 percent), followed by Quick (58.6 percent) and Miller (58.2 percent) in 15th and 16th, respectively.
While Quick may pull even and Howard may have a slight edge in some areas, the analytics still favor Miller overall. Add to that the fact that he was the team's starter in the 2010 Olympics, where he was voted the tournament's best goalie, and it's clear that the job is Miller's to lose.