Parise paired with Backes, Callahan for Team USA opener

Team USA has its lineup for the opening match-up against Slovakia (7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN) and Derek Stepan, Justin Faulk, and Jimmy Howard won't be on it.

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Those three players will be scratched for the first game of the tournament. Blake Wheeler beat out Stepan as the extra forward and Brooks Orpik edged out Faulk on the blue line. As reported earlier today, Jonathan Quick will start in goal and Ryan Miller will back him up.

As for the line combinations coach Dan Bylsma will use, here they are according to USA Hockey.


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


Ryan Suter – Paul Martin

Cam Fowler – John Carlson

Ryan McDonagh – Kevin Shattenkirk

Brooks Orpik


Jonathan Quick

Ryan Miller

Scratches: Derek Stepan, Justin Faulk, Jimmy Howard


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