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

by Staff

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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