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U.S. team's projected lineup vs. Finland

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 9:31 AM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp blog

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U.S. team's projected lineup vs. Finland
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- With its first game Wednesday against Finland, the U.S. took the ice at 9 a.m. for a quick morning skate that featured only the 22 players skating in today's game.

Here are the line combinations and pairings U.S. coach Phil Housley put together:

Mario Lucia - Sean Kuraly - Stefan Noesen

J.T. Miller - Alex Galchenyuk - John Gaudreau

Tyler Biggs - Stefan Matteau - Steven Fogarty

Thomas Di Pauli - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman

Nicolas Kerdiles

Jake McCabe
- Connor Murphy

Matthew Grzelcyk - Garrett Haar

Shayne Gostisbehere - Andy Welinski

Brady Skjei

John Gibson

Garret Sparks

That leaves 12 players sitting out: forwards Colin Blackwell, Reid Boucher, Travis Boyd, Blake Pietila, Vincent Trocheck and Jimmy Vesey; defensemen Seth Jones, Mike Reilly, Patrick Sieloff and Jacob Trouba; and goaltenders Jon Gillies and Anthony Stolarz.

The Kuraly line could be one to watch. Against Finland on Monday, that trio combined for four goals and three assists, including a hat trick by Lucia.

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