Ryan Miller will get the start for the United States today when they take on Slovenia. US head coach Dan Bylsma has stuck with Jonathan Quick to this point in the tournament, but the Los Angeles Kings netminder will watch this game from the stands. Miller is in goal, and it’s also being reported that Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings will be his back up.
Jimmy Howard will back-up Ryan Miller in net today for the Americans vs. Slovenia.
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) February 16, 2014
Quick has been strong for the Americans through two games, and was especially strong against Russia. With no time to rest between contests though, it’s not surprising to see Bylsma give Quick the day off—especially if he plans to roll with him through the single-elimination round that will follow after the preliminaries end today.
Miller hasn’t seen the net yet in 2014, but he was the man in 2010, leading the Americans to the Gold medal game before bowing out to Canada in a thrilling overtime contest.
America’s goaltending situation was one of the more volatile heading into the tournament, and it’s still not quite clear who will be the go-to guy once the medal games start. Will it be the hero of yesterday? Or will it be Quick’s time to shine for the United States? How Miller plays today could have a big impact on who gets the starts after today.