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Faulk in, Martin out for U.S. vs. Canada

by Dan Rosen

SOCHI -- Defenseman Justin Faulk will make his debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on the United States blue line Friday against Canada (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC). Paul Martin, who played in the previous four games, is scratched from the semifinal. NBC reported Martin is ill.

Martin has no points, a plus-2 rating and has averaged 17:54 of ice time in four games.

Faulk, of the Carolina Hurricanes, was a healthy scratch for the first four games but will play as the seventh defenseman. John Carlson, who was the seventh defenseman in the previous three games, will play with Brooks Orpik, who is Martin's defense partner with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The other two defense pairs will remain the same: Ryan Suter with Ryan McDonagh, and Kevin Shattenkirk with Cam Fowler.

Canada's only lineup change is Matt Duchene replacing the injured John Tavares at center on the fourth line.

Here are the lineups the United States and Canada will go with:


Dustin Brown - David Backes - Ryan Callahan

Zach Parise - Ryan Kesler - Patrick Kane

James van Riemsdyk - Joe Pavelski - Phil Kessel

Max Pacioretty - Paul Stastny - T.J. Oshie

Blake Wheeler

Cam Fowler - Kevin Shattenkirk

Brooks Orpik - John Carlson

Ryan Suter - Ryan McDonagh

Justin Faulk

Jonathan Quick

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Howard

Injured: Paul Martin (illness)


Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Patrice Bergeron

Jamie Benn - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Patrick Marleau - Jonathan Toews - Jeff Carter

Patrick Sharp - Matt Duchene - Rick Nash

Martin St. Louis

Duncan Keith - Shea Weber

Drew Doughty - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo

Dan Hamhuis

Scratched: P.K. Subban, Mike Smith

Injured: John Tavares (knee)


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