The 25-player roster heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympic games won't be revealed until Wednesday, but according to Detroit Free Press, the three goaltenders have already been decided.
Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings and Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings will be representing the U.S., a source close to the team leaked to the Free Press this weekend.
Cory Schneider, originally on the long-list of players with a chance to lead Team USA to gold, did not make the final cut.
The exclusion of the Devils' net minder isn't at all surprising when you consider the fact that he hasn't played much this season or that he is carrying a 5-8-5 record. Still, Schneider's health is intact and his performance in the crease has been a lot better than his stats lead you to believe.
The report put out on Sunday mentions that Howard, who is nursing a sprained MCL he sustained at a practice three weeks ago, will slip to the third-string tender for the U.S., casting more questions as to why he would be a better choice to roster over Schneider.
In his last ten outings, Howard has just one victory, a 5-0 romping against the lowly New York Islanders. He has not played since Dec.10 when the Red Wings lost to the Florida Panthers.
An official roster announcement will be made Wednesday following the Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.