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Team USA World Championship Primer

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2014 IIHF World Championships Blog

Three Islanders were enlisted by USA Hockey to capture World Championship gold for the first time since 1960, as the IIHF World Championship begins Friday in Belarus.

Colin McDonald, Brock Nelson and Matt Donovan will don the red, white and blue for Team USA at the annual spring tournament, taking place in Minsk this year. Nelson and Donovan have both represented the United States at the World Juniors, while McDonald is set to make his international debut. The Islanders trio is joined by NHLers including former Vezina winner Tim Thomas, Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones, Calder Trophy nominee Tyler Johnson and Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.

Click here for the full USA roster.

The Americans are looking to build off of a 2013 bronze performance in 2013, their first medal since capturing bronze in 2004.

The Americans enter the tournament ranked sixth in the world by the IIHF and are one of the top three teams – along with Finland and Russia – in Group B. Latvia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Germany and Belarus round out the competition in Group B.

Team USA opens the tournament on Friday, May 9 against the host nation at 1:45 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network. The preliminary action continues the next day, as Team USA faces off against Team Switzerland at 1:45 p.m. EST.

Fans should circle Monday on their World Championship calendars, as Team USA continues their storied rivalry with Team Russia at 1:45 p.m. EST. The preliminary round ends with games against Latvia (Thursday, 9:45 a.m.), Kazakhstan (Friday 9:45 a.m.), Finland (Sunday, 9:45 a.m.) and Germany (Tuesday, 5:45 a.m.). All games will be broadcast on NBCSN.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 171 117 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 153 146 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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