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by George Malik on 12/29/13 at 06:02 PM ET
According to the Free Press's Helene St. James, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard's previous body of work in terms of NHL and International experience will give him the nod over Ben Bishop or Cory Schneider as Team USA's third Olympic goaltender--which would be welcome news for Red Wings fans taking in the Team USA roster announcement at the Winter Classic:
A person with knowledge of the selection process told the Free Press on Sunday that it looked good for Howard’s inclusion among the three goaltenders who would be tasked with leading Team USA to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the team before the announcement.
Howard was at August’s Olympic Orientation camp, where he was considered a shoo-in after a very successful 2013. His shine lessened in November, when he delivered very average goaltending. Then he suffered a sprained left knee during a practice three weeks ago, casting his selection further into the dark.
His stats aren't pretty, but...
Howard is 6-8-7 this season with a .910 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average. However, the U.S. selection committee — headlined by Nashville general manager David Poile — has said all along selections will be based on a player’s overall body of work, not half a season.
Howard would be the third stringer, behind Jonathan Quick of Los Angeles and Ryan Miller of Buffalo, the former Spartan.
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