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Pacioretty replaces Stepan in U.S. lineup

by Staff

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will draw back into the United States lineup for its quarterfinal game Wednesday against the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2) at Shayba Arena.

Pacioretty will replace Derek Stepan, who played six shifts totaling 4:59 of ice time in the Americans' final preliminary-round game, against Slovenia on Sunday.

In two games Pacioretty has one assist, a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal while averaging 10:0 of ice time per game.

Jonathan Quick will start in goal with Ryan Miller serving as the backup.

Here is the lineup the United States will go with Wednesday:

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 - Paul Martin

Ryan Suter - Ryan McDonagh

John Carlson

Jonathan Quick

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Derek Stepan, Justin Faulk, Jimmy Howard

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