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Olympic Primer: Team USA

Monday, 02.10.2014 / 12:11 PM
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2014 Olympics Blog
Olympic Primer: Team USA
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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STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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