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U.S. gives Miller a start against Slovenia

Feb 16, 2014, 3:03 AM EDT

U.S. men's hockey team goaltender Miller sits on the bench during a team USA practice at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Reuters

All things (even T.J. Oshie) might be pointing Jonathan Quick‘s way right now, but the U.S. will go with Ryan Miller in net against Slovenia on Sunday.

The move makes a lot of sense. Despite Saturday’s momentous win, Slovenia poses little threat and this game doesn’t carry a lot of meaning. Even so, the United States is wise to give Miller a chance to acquaint himself to the altered angles and other adjustments that come from playing on the Olympic ice surface.

At the same time, it doesn’t threaten Quick’s status as the go-to goalie, either.

Both the U.S. and Slovenia are coming off of exhilarating wins from Saturday. Slovenia won its first-ever men’s Olympic ice hockey game while (you might be aware that) the U.S. beat Russia in that memorable 3-2 shootout win.

  1. badgerhockey77 - Feb 16, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    I had a feeling USA would start Miller in this game when I saw the schedule. Seems logical with the back-to-back games. Giving Quick a rest. No beef with that decision. Go get ‘em Miller! Shutout Slovenia!!!

  2. travishenryskid - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    I like how the author qualifies starting Miller, with it’s a meaningless game and Slovenia is bad. Makes it sound like he actually believes there is a gap between the goalies.

    • blomfeld - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Listen Trash Henry …

      the only ‘gap’ around here is the one between your ears ! … O’Brien knows what he’s talking about and so you Miller lovers had better get with the program ! … anyway, I’ll have you note that apart from being the ‘best’ goalie in the world, Jonathan Quick is also the ‘people’s’ choice, from sea to shining sea !!! :)

      GO QUICK !!

      GO USA !! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • slysipops - Feb 16, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        whoa …….easy BLOMS …EASY !

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