Four years ago, the United States won the silver medal in men’s hockey thanks in large part to the play of goalie Ryan Miller. The Buffalo Sabres‘ goalie put the Olympic team on his back and almost single-handedly delivered a gold medal. Before those Olympic games, most people outside of Western New York had no idea who Miller was.
Fast forward four years, and here we are getting ready for the Olympics once again. Both Jonathan Quick and Miller are on the USA team bound for Sochi as they were four years ago. This time, though, we don’t know who the starting goalie is going to be. Throw in Jimmy Howard from the Detroit Red Wings, and you have three goalies worthy of the honor.
Once again, Miller is making a case to be the starting goalie for the U.S. squad. On Thursday night in Phoenix, Miller dominated the Phoenix Coyotes as the Sabres won 3-2. Miller faced 42 shots, stopping 40 of them. While his goals against average is 2.65 this season, the his goals against in the past three games has been 2.00.
I’m not sure who should start in goal for the men’s team, but I can say that Miller wouldn’t be a bad choice. Besides making a case lately to land the job, he also has the experience from four years ago. Of course, Quick has won a Stanley Cup during that time and proven to be extremely clutch when there is a lot on the line. It should be a fun little battle to see who is chosen as the goalie, and let’s face it — you can’t go wrong either way.