At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, much of the credit for Team USA's silver medal win went to goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller led the tournament with a 0.946 save percentage and was named not only best goalie but also most valuable player.
Miller is back for the American side this year, though he'll be challenged for playing time on his own team by Jonathan Quick, who has been so good in the postseason for Los Angeles. Is it enough to give Team USA the edge in net over their rivals?
It's a competitive field. Roberto Luongo, who won gold in 2010, is returning for Canada. Henrik Lundqvist, who posted two shutouts and the best goals-against average the last time around is back too. Additionally, a long line of talented newcomers is poised to challenge the incumbents for the title of best goalie.
Which team is ultimately going to be strongest between the pipes? We have to wait for the answer, but the following slideshow represents our best estimate of each team's rank today.