U.S. men to start Ryan Miller against Slovenia; Russia goes with Semyon Varlamov against Slovakia
Quick, a Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2012 with the Los Angeles Kings, nabbed 29 of Russia’s 31 shots during regulation and overtime, and three of six in the shootout, to get his second straight win to start the Olympics.
However, in the United States’ final round-robin game on Sunday against Slovenia, it will turn to 2010 Olympic MVP Ryan Miller, rather than Quick, as announced by USA Hockey.
Varlamov, also a member of the Colorado Avalanche, started for Russia in its tournament-opening win against Slovenia, allowing two goals on 14 shots.
Entering Sunday’s action, the U.S. has one regulation win (3 points), one shootout win (two points) and zero losses of any kind. Russia has one regulation win and one shootout loss for a total of four points.
With the U.S. holding the first tiebreaker over Russia (head-to-head matchup) the U.S. could wrap up first place on in Pool A on Sunday with:
1. A win of any kind over Slovenia.
2. An overtime or shootout loss against Slovenia, coupled with Russia doing anything except winning in regulation against Slovenia.
However, should the U.S. lose in regulation to Slovenia:
1. Slovenia would win Pool A should Russia suffers a loss of any kind against Slovakia.
2. Russia would win Pool A if it got a win of any kind against Slovakia.Meanwhile, Canada announced that it will turn to Carey Price in goal in favor of Roberto Luongo for its contest against Finland.
Price, the Montreal Canadiens goalie, was the winner in Canada's tournament-opening 3-1 win over Norway, but sat out when Luongo led Canada to a 6-0 victory over Austria in its second game. Given the tiebreakers, a Canadian regulation-time win over Finland on Sunday would allow it to be the tournament's top seed headed into the medal round. However, Finland is also unbeaten, and could claim the top spot overall itself with a win over Canada.
Canada lineup changes for CAN-FIN. Price to start, backed up by Luongo. Hamhuis and Sharp in for Subban and St-Louis— Team Canada Men (@HC_Men) February 16, 2014