With Team USA's 3-0 loss to Team Europe on Saturday, along with Team Europe's overtime win against Team Czech Republic yesterday, tonight's game between Team USA and Team Canada is a must-win for the Americans.
Kyle Palmieri, who replaced the injured Ryan Callahan on the roster and was a healthy scratch in Saturday's game, is slated to be in the lineup tonight. In practice, he was on a line with Max Pacioretty centered by either Brandon Dubinsky or David Backes.
"There's a good mix of nerves and excitement. It was obviously going to be a huge game whether we lost our first game or not. It's U.S. against Canada in Toronto," Palmieri said. "Overall, I think we're really excited about the challenge that's before us. This team was built to be in tough situations and now is our time to prove it."
Jonathan Quick will start in goal with either Ben Bishop or Cory Schneider backing up.
"Practices are really up-tempo and everyone can shoot the puck well, so even the practices have been a challenge, a good test for me," Schneider explained.
"Obviously, I'd love to be playing, but there's only room for one goalie on the ice at a time. You look around at the other teams and they have some really good goalies sitting on the bench as well, but I'm still part of the team and I'm still working hard," he continued. "You never know when you'll have to jump in. I'm just trying to stay sharp and be ready and, if nothing else, it will help me come into Devils camp more prepared and ready to go."
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I asked him how he knew all the answers and he said he simply paid attention in school.
"I'm really good with random facts. I could meet someone, shake their hand, look them in the eye and forget their name two seconds later, which is a bad thing and I need to get better at that, but this kind of stuff sticks with me," he explained.
As far as using him as a ringer on Trivia Night, he said it depends on the topic.
"If it's pop culture, maybe not, but history and geography, I've got a pretty good repertoire."
You can watch Team USA vs Team Canada tonight at 8pm on ESPN.