Which Goalie Is Winning the Race to Be Canada's Olympic Starter?

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Which Goalie Is Winning the Race to Be Canada's Olympic Starter?

In some years, Team Canada's starting goaltender is obvious to all, held by an incumbent with a sterling résumé. This is not one of those years. 

All three goalies who represented Canada in 2010 have had problems in the years since.

Roberto Luongo is still regarded as a high-end starter but has spent most of the last two seasons as trade bait after Cory Schneider unseated him in Vancouver. Only cap considerations kept Luongo a Canuck.

Martin Brodeur lost the top job to Luongo in 2010 and is in the twilight of an illustrious career. He has been a sub-average (or worse) goalie for the last three seasons and through four games with New Jersey this year has a .865 save percentage; it is a foregone conclusion that he will not be going to Sochi.

Third-stringer Marc-Andre Fleury has had his own problems. While the Penguins goalie has posted solid regular-season results in Pittsburgh, he has failed to hit the .900 save percentage mark in four consecutive playoff appearances since the Vancouver Olympics and has often been the primary reason for early playoff exits for Pittsburgh.

So, with an uncertain group of incumbents, who is winning the race to play in Sochi right now? Read on to see how we rank the contenders and the pretenders and to see who our choice is for the top job. 

 

This list makes use of statistics from NHL.com and HockeyAnalysis.com.

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