Breaking Down USA Olympic Hockey Team's Goaltenders Ahead of Sochi 2014

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Breaking Down USA Olympic Hockey Team's Goaltenders Ahead of Sochi 2014
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What can we expect in net for the American Olympic hockey team in Sochi? Goaltending is absolutely critical, and yet, it's almost impossible to predict. The fate of the team's medal hopes could ultimately rest on the shoulders of one of the team's three goalies, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick or Jimmy Howard.

A look at each goalie's current NHL performance using analytics can help set expectations for Sochi. It can determine who the starter will likely be, his chances of getting dethroned before the medal games and how they might handle the toughest challenges along the way.

We begin with a look at each of these goalies, why we believe Miller will be the starter, how much to expect from Quick and Howard, and how they might fare both against their toughest round-robin challenge (Russia) and overall.

 

All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research, unless otherwise noted.

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