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Team USA goalie projections for World Cup

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

The United States has developed into one of the top hockey nations since winning the World Cup of Hockey in 1996, but it hasn't had a signature win in a best-on-best tournament since that 5-2 victory against Canada in Montreal.

The United States won the silver medal in two of the past five Olympics (2002 Salt Lake City, 2010 Vancouver) and the bronze medal three times at the IIHF World Championship (2004, 2013, 2015). It is coming off a disappointing 2014 Sochi Olympics, when it didn't score in losing to Canada in the semifinals (1-0) and to Finland in the bronze-medal game (5-0).

The Team USA roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey could look similar to the one it had in Sochi, with a few significant changes.

Here is what Team USA's goaltenders could look like for the tournament, which will be held Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto (listed alphabetically):

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning -- Bishop had back-to-back solid seasons for the Lightning, although 2013-14 was better than last season based on save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop had a .924 save percentage and 2.23 GAA in 2013-14; he had a .916 save percentage and 2.32 GAA last season. But last season the 28-year-old won 40 games and helped the Lightning reach the Stanley Cup Final with a .921 save percentage and 2.18 GAA in his first NHL postseason.

Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings -- Quick, 29, has more big-game experience than Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils and that could be the deciding factor in who goes into the tournament as the No. 1 goalie. Quick has won the Stanley Cup twice, was the No. 3 goalie for the United States at the 2010 Olympics and the starter at the 2014 Olympics, where he had a .923 save percentage and 2.17 GAA in five games. He made 36 saves in the 1-0 loss to Canada but allowed five goals on 29 shots in the 5-0 loss to Finland in the bronze-medal game.

Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils -- Schneider, 29, has a chance to be the starter for Team USA with another strong season. He jumped into contention last season, when he had a 2.26 GAA and .925 save percentage in 69 games. Those numbers compare well to those of Quick, who had a 2.24 GAA and .918 save percentage in 72 games. Schneider's workload was tougher than Quick's despite playing 260 fewer minutes; Schneider faced 86 more shots than Quick (1,982) and allowed eight fewer goals (148).

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