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Wheeler, Orpik in U.S. lineup for opener vs. Slovakia

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Forward Blake Wheeler and defenseman Brooks Orpik will be in the United States lineup against Slovakia on Thursday when it opens play at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

Forward Derek Stepan, defenseman Justin Faulk and goalie Jimmy Howard will be scratched, according to USA Hockey.

Here is the projected lineup:

Zach Parise - David Backes - Ryan Callahan

Dustin Brown - Ryan Kesler - Patrick Kane

James van Riemsdyk - Joe Pavelski - Phil Kessel

Max Pacioretty - Paul Stastny - T.J. Oshie

Blake Wheeler

Cam Fowler - John Carlson

Ryan Suter - Paul Martin

Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk

Brooks Orpik

Jonathan Quick

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Derek Stepan, Justin Faulk, Jimmy Howard

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