Quick was in that role four years ago in Vancouver as the third guy behind Miller and Tim Thomas. He did not see any game action as the Americans went undefeated in regulation throughout the tournament, losing only once, in overtime to Canada in the gold-medal game.
Miller played all but 12 minutes in the tournament and was outstanding throughout.
"Obviously there's a lot of hard work put into it," Quick said. "I think the biggest thing is being able to play with guys back in L.A., the guys that I play with. It says a lot about them. When you play with great players they put you in a position and give you opportunities like this. So you're thankful for that. Obviously, we've got a great group of guys here and just try to win one game at a time. That's the focus."
Miller was disappointed but gracious.
"It's coach's decision," he said. "Obviously, I want to play and compete and be here to do my part. Right now I just back up John. He's a great goalie. He's going to do great for us. And see where it goes from here and just be ready to play."
Even the goaltenders don't know Bylsma's plan.
"No real indication of a long-term plan," Miller said. "Or a short-term plan. He's playing it close just like he's telling you guys."
Quick is among the most athletic of netminders in the NHL, and he is remarkably understated.
Asked if he thought he might be nervous before Thursday's game, he shrugged his shoulders.
"I don't know. We'll see tomorrow," he said.
Nervous or not Quick has suddenly found himself in the Olympic spotlight. Thursday will begin to tell the tale about whether he is as comfortable on that stage as he is on the NHL stage.
"Regardless of what his decision was, whatever your role is, you're just trying to do what you can to help your team," Quick said. "Whether that's in the starting position or the backup position. And then again it's only tomorrow's game; that the decision's made for. Just get the opportunity tomorrow and try and make the most of it."