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Some new looks for U.S. lineup

Thursday, 08.09.2012 / 12:04 PM

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

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The U.S. morning skate Thursday included players who didn't skate in Wednesday's game plus the group wasn't playing Thursday, so there was no way to discern forward lines or defense pairings.

The U.S. will dress 13 forwards, eight defenseman and two goalies against Sweden.

Four defensemen who played Wednesday against Finland will remain in the lineup, with Shayne Gostisbehere, Matthew Grzelcyk, Garrett Haar and Brady Skjei being joined by Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba, Patrick Sieloff and Mike Reilly.

Up front, the team's top line of Sean Kuraly centering Mario Lucia and Stefan Noesen will play again Thursday and is expected to stay together. Other forwards who will stay in the lineup are Alex Galchenyuk John Gaudreau, J.T. Miller and Nicolas Kerdiles. They'll be joined by Colin Blackwell, Reid Boucher, Travis Boyd, Blake Pietila, Vincent Trocheck and Jimmy Vesey.

Sitting out will be forwards Thomas Di Pauli, Cole Bardreau, Ryan Hartman, Stefan Matteau, Steven Fogarty and Tyler Biggs; defensemen Jake McCabe, Connor Murphy and Andy Welinski; and goalies Jon Gillies and Anthony Stolarz.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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