Each Monday morning, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team Canada and Team USA in Sochi based on their play to date.
1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres: He’s stopped 77 of the 80 shots he’s faced in two games behind a porous Buffalo defense, reminding everyone how well he responds when facing waves of pressure, but he’s now day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
2. Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators: He bested Miller in Saturday’s goaltending duel and boasts a .948 save percentage through two appearances, but the Sabres’ keeper gets the nod at No. 1 based strictly on my eye test.
3. Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: Played well in his first two starts before being victimized by turnovers and general sloppiness in 4-1 loss to the Bruins. Looks like the No. 3 stopper he seems destined to be in Sochi.
4. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings: He was pulled from just his second start — ostensibly to spark a momentum shift — but Quick wasn’t particularly sharp while allowing four goals on 27 shots against the Jets on Friday.
5. Tim Thomas, Florida Panthers: It’ll take more than a couple of games to scrape off the rust that accumulated during his year-long sabbatical. He’s been inconsistent through two starts, but his familiar competitiveness was in ample evidence. Despite being overlooked for a camp invite, he’s in the mix.