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Olympic Primer: Team USA

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 12:11 PM ET
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2014 Olympics Blog
2014 Sochi Olympic Games
Team USA Schedule
2/13* USA vs. Slovakia 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
2/15* USA vs. Russia 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
2/16* USA vs. Slovenia 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
* Preliminary
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After finishing second in the 2010 games, the Americans have their sights set on the gold in Sochi. The Americans are returning 13 players from the silver-medal squad, including captain Zach Parise, Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane and Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller.

Phil Kessel is the highest-scoring American on the team, with 31 goals and 34 assists in 60 games this season. Kessel brings lightning speed to an already-fast American team, while rugged captains David Backes and Dustin Brown bring the physical edge. Miller, who backstopped Team USA to the silver medal, is expected to compete with Stanley Cup Champion Jonathan Quick for the starting job. Either way, Team USA is strong in the crease.

The Americans draw into Group A, along with Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia, arguably the toughest preliminary group. Team USA kicks off their tournament against the Slovakians Thursday at 7:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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