Ryan Miller has hoped to make team USA and return to the Olympics seeking the Gold medal that he narrowly lost four years ago. Miller’s play in 2013 gained him a spot on the roster, but now it is Jonathan Quick from the Kings who has been named starter. Miller has stated that he is ready to play at any point, but sitting behind Quick must be a hard pill to swallow.

Since the Olympics in Vancouver where Quick was third on the goalie depth chart the Kings net-minder has won a league MVP and a Stanley Cup. However, his save percentage currently ranks 29th among NHL goalies, and he was out for nearly two months with a groin injury before returning to play in early January.

Ryan Miller has been stout this season in Buffalo despite the lack of talent in front of him. Miller was a long shot to make the team before the season because statistically his number has dropped off the past two seasons. Miller’s improved play not only gained him an Olympic berth, but had many expecting him to again be named team USA’s starting goalie.

In 2010 team Canada did change goalies during the preliminary round so there is a chance for Miller to see playing time. It will depend on Quick’s play against the always tough Russian squad on Saturday as to whether team USA will again put their hopes on the Buffalo Sabre.

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