Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/14/13 at 01:57 PM ET
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
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)
1. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens: We’re starting to see the impact of the tinkering with his mechanics. He looked nice and compact in a 39-save performance against Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, and did a good job of swallowing his rebounds. He also enjoyed a nice tire pumping from Sidney Crosby who called him “the best goaltender in the game.” (Last week: 4)
2. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks: He looks like he’s back in form after a soft opening week. It’s not just that he’s making the stops he’s supposed to make, it’s his ability to maintain focus when the action is centralized in the other end that could really pay off for Canada. (Last week: 5)
the #3-5 spots are also listed for each country...
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