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Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 2

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Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings

Jonathan Quick’s skill ( Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Each Monday, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date.

Team USA

1. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: No surprise to see Quick make three stops in the shootout and preserve a win over the Hurricanes on Friday. He has a 70 percent save percentage in the skills competition, sixth-best among active goalies. That skill might come in handy in Sochi. (Last week: 4)

2. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres: He returned from a minor injury just in time to have his defense desert him in a 4-1 loss to Columbus, but was exceptional in a 2-1 defeat by the Blackhawks that was played entirely in Buffalo’s zone. (Last week: 1)

3. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: He looked great in a tough win over the Flyers, keeping the Wings in the game early when Philly was pressing, and late when they were clinging to a one-goal lead. That’s Howard at his best. (Last week: 3)

4. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: Tough to blame the keeper when the team in front of him abandons all pretense of playing defense, but he looked a little shellshocked when he was pulled just four minutes into Sunday night’s game against the Ducks. (Last week: 2)

5. Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils: He’s winless with the Devils, but he gives them a chance to grab two points every night. He was sensational during a third period New Jersey power play (not a typo) on Sunday night against the Jets, stopping two breakaways and keeping the score close. (Last week: NR)

Team Canada

1. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens: We’re starting to see the impact of the tinkering with his mechanics. He looked nice and compact in a 39-save performance against Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, and did a good job of swallowing his rebounds. He also enjoyed a nice tire pumping from Sidney Crosby who called him “the best goaltender in the game.” (Last week: 4)

3. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks: He looks like he’s back in form after a soft opening week. It’s not just that he’s making the stops he’s supposed to make, it’s his ability to maintain focus when the action is centralized in the other end that could really pay off for Canada. (Last week: 5)

3. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins: That 14-save performance against the Bolts wasn’t as bad as the stats made it look — he was beat on a trio of redirects in tight and a great Steven Stamkos shot — but it would have been nice to see him stand on his head with Team Canada’s GM Steve Yzerman watching. (Last week: 1)

4. Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes: He showed a high compete level while winning two of his last three starts, but allowing five goals on 20 shots to the Isles? That’s the sort of inconsistency that he has to weed out of his game to stay in the mix. (Last week: 2)

5. Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks: That own goal against the Habs will haunt him until the day he dies, but the bigger issue is the overall shape of his play. Beating ex-teammate Cory Schneider should have been a building block. Instead, he was just average in his follow-up against Montreal. Where’s the fire? Where’s the drive? (Last week: 3)

  • Published On Oct 14, 2013
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