Winter Olympics: Jonathan Quick will start opener for United States

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Quick will get the start in net for the United States on Thursday against Slovakia.

It will be Jonathan Quick, not Ryan Miller, that starts in net for the United States' men's hockey team when it takes on Slovakia on Thursday in its first game of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Coach Dan Bylsma made the announcement following the team's practice on Wednesday.

Quick, 28, has appeared in 32 games for the Los Angeles Kings this season and has posted a .911 save percentage to go with a 16-13-2 record. He missed time earlier this season due to a groin injury, but he has played some of his best hockey since returning.

He hasn't quite duplicated the success he had during the 2011-12 season when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the Stanley Cup-champion Kings, but has remained one of the better goaltenders in the league and has played at an extremely high level in the postseason in each of the past two years.

It's still a bit of a surprise that he is getting the nod over Miller for the opener, not only because Miller helped carry the United States to a Silver medal during the 2010 games in Vancouver, but also because he's had superior numbers this season (.923 save percentage) while playing for a dramatically inferior Buffalo team.

During the 2010 Games,Miller had a 5-1-0 record to go with a .946 save percentage and was named the tournament MVP.

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