Here is the lineup the United States will use in its semifinal game against Canada on Thursday (4 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN). After scoring seven goals a day before against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, the Americans will return basically the same lineup.
John Gaudreau - J.T. Miller - Jimmy Vesey
Alex Galchenyuk - Sean Kuraly - Riley Barber
Blake Pietila - Cole Bardreau - Ryan Hartman
Rocco Grimaldi - Vincent Trocheck - Tyler Biggs
Jake McCabe - Seth Jones
Patrick Sieloff - Jacob Trouba
Mike Reilly - Connor Murphy
John Gibson will start in goal, with Jon Gillies the backup.
With the return of Gostisbehere from his one-game suspension, coach Phil Housley will have his full complement of players. At forward, Grimaldi likely will see more time than Lucia as his speed and tenacity should help defensively against Canada.
The United States has won just five of 39 all-time games against Canada at the World Junior Championship, including a 2-5-2 record in medal-round games. The Americans have lost three straight against Canada, with their last win coming in the gold-medal game of the 2010 tournament, a 6-5 overtime victory in Saskatoon.
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