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.
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)