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Russia - U.S. goalie matchup will be Jonathan Quick vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Team USA's goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save against Slovakia during the third period of their men's preliminary round hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Team USA’s goalie Jonathan Quick makes a save against Slovakia during the third period of their men’s preliminary round hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

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The first-game starter decision might seem like it means a lot in the Olympics, but the real pivotal moment comes when a team faces a legitimate contender. In other words, plenty can be read into the United States starting Jonathan Quick and Russia going with Sergei Bobrovsky in Saturday’s showdown.

Granted, things can change even from now, especially since Bobrovsky will play his first game. A bad Quick performance may end up being Ryan Miller’s chance to improve on his silver medal 2010 run, as this will mean two starts for Quick and none for Miller so far.

Check out PHT’s two takes on the moves:

PHT on Bobrovsky starting

PHT: US goes with Quick against Russia

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