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Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller in Mix with Jonathan Quick for U.S. Olympic Starting Nod

February 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 AM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller might not know much before the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team's opening faceoff whether he or the Los Angeles Kings' Jonathan Quick will be the man in net.

'Men's Gold Medal: Canada vs. USA' photo (c) 2010, s.yume - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Team USA coach Dan Bylsma declined to answer this past week whether he's decided which goalie will be the American starter:

"That's not a question I'm ready to answer to for right now."

The hockey tournament begins Feb. 12; the first U.S. game is Feb. 13 against Slovakia. Miller (14-20-3, .927 save percentage, 2.59 GAA) has put up better stats on a worse team than Quick (15-11-2, .914 save percentage, 2.13 GAA) this season. Quick has his Conn Smythe performance from two seasons ago to fall back upon, but Miller was a stud for the 2010 silver medal-winning U.S. team; he went 5-1 that year with a 1.35 GAA and .946 save percentage.

"I've heard reports from the (2010) tournament that he was the best player for Team USA and for the tournament. He was that good, and he was a big part of that team's success," Bylsma said.

Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings appears locked in as the No. 3 goalie. Bylsma hinted multiple goalies could see playing time through the tournament.

Also this past week, Zach Parise was names team USA's captain. Ryan Suter and Dustin Brown will be the alternate captains.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Dan Bylsma, detroit red wings, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise

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