Pittsburgh Penguins and Team USA’ head coach Dan Bylsma has reportedly given the starting nod to Los Angeles Kings‘ goaltender Jonathan Quick for Thursday’s game against Slovakia – according to Scott Burnside of ESPN.com.
Jonathan Quick to get the start for Team USA Thursday night vs Slovakia.
— Scott Burnside (@ESPN_Burnside) February 12, 2014
Quick, 28, will be making his first start in an Olympic’ game. He was rostered on the team back in 2010, but didn’t appear in any action.
Quick was the leading candidate to patrol the net for the Americans, given his recent play in the NHL over recent years – winning a Stanley Cup being his proudest moment.
Standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 220-pounds, Quick is a versatile netminder that makes the near impossible saves look relatively easy. He’s not entirely the same as Pens’ goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but they do have similar butterfly techniques, making Quick’s style more suitable for the Olympic’ talent they’ll face.
Miller, 33, started every contest for Team USA in the last Winter Games, coming up just short in the squad’s quest for the gold medal, and achieved the silver instead – so he arguably was the one who battled Quick for the number-one goalie status.
We’ll see if Bylsma’s decision was right. The game can be seen on the NBC Sports Network, and is set to start at 7:30 a.m.