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Projected lineups for United States, Finland

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 3:36 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / World Junior evaluation camps

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Projected lineups for United States, Finland

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland will have a new top line when it faces the United States on Thursday.

Juuso Ikonen, who sat out a 4-3 win Monday against the USA White split squad, will play left wing on the top line with center Aleksi Mustonen and right wing Kasperi Kapanen (Pittsburgh Penguins).

Teemu Turunen was the top-line left wing Monday, the last time Finland played.

Kevin Lankinen, a 2015 NHL Draft prospect, will start in goal for the Finns.

The U.S. will have the same top line, with top 2015 draft prospect Jack Eichel between Tyler Motte (Chicago Blackhawks) and Alex Tuch (Minnesota Wild).

There are two changes up front for the U.S. Kyle Connor, a 2015 draft prospect, draws in at left wing on the second line, alongside center Auston Matthews and right wing John Hayden (Chicago Blackhawks). And Anders Bjork (Boston Bruins) will play right wing on the third line, next to left wing Anthony Louis (Chicago Blackhawks) and center Chase De Leo (Winnipeg Jets).

Brandon Halverson (New York Rangers) will play the whole game in goal for the Americans.

Here are the full lineups for the United States and Finland:

UNITED STATES

Tyler Motte - Jack Eichel - Alex Tuch

Kyle Connor - Auston Matthews - John Hayden

Anthony Louis - Chase De Leo - Anders Bjork

Sonny Milano - Dylan Larkin - Hudson Fasching

Will Butcher - Ryan Collins

Michael Downing - Steven Santini

Brandon Carlo - Jack Dougherty

Anthony Florentino

Brandon Halverson

Brendan Burke

Scratched: Nick Schmaltz, J.T. Compher, Dominic Turgeon, Louis Belpedio, Thatcher Demko, Evan Cowley

FINLAND

Juuso Ikonen - Aleski Mustonen - Kasperi Kapanen

Waltteri Hopponen - Saku Kinnunen - Aleksi Saarela

Juho Lammikko - Otto Rauhala - Niko Ojamaki

Janne Puhakka - Julius Vahatalo - Hannes Bjorninen

Mika Ilvonen - Atte Makinen

Alex Lintuniemi - Teemu Vuorisalo

Aleksi Makela - Erik Autio

Sami Niku - Miro Keskitalo

Kevin Lankinen

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Joel Janatuinen, Teemu Turunen

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