After throttling Slovakia by a score of 7-1 in its tournament opener on Saturday, it makes sense that Team USA will roll into Saturday’s matchup against host Russia with the same roster of players, including the same starting goaltender. What may be different, however, is just who is playing with who come Saturday.
According to ESPN’s Scott Burnside, head coach Dan Bylsma has made some line shifts to try and spark some players who didn’t get on the score sheet on Thursday.
Zach Parise, who didn’t register a single point against Slovakia, has been moved to the wing on the Ryan Kesler-Patrick Kane line that produced five points against Slovakia. Moving off of that line now is the man who scored Team USA’s last goal of the game, Dustin Brown. Brown has now been moved to wing on the David Backes-Ryan Callahan line.
The rest of the lineup includes a line of Phil Kessel-Joe Pavelski-James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny-T.J. Oshie-Max Pacioretty. Blake Wheeler will be the extra forward.
In the back end, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik, both members of Bylsma’s Pittsburgh Penguins, have been placed together. Ryan McDonagh will now be paired with Ryan Suter.
Center Derek Stepan and Defenseman Justin Faulk will once again be healthy scratches against Russia.