USA Hockey lineup set for Winter Olympic opener vs. Slovakia

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA opens the Olympic tournament on Thursday against Slovakia. Here is the starting lineup.

SB Nation 2014 Winter Olympic Coverage

Team USA announced on Thursday morning that defenseman Justin Faulk and forward Derek Stepan will be the healthy scratches when they open their Olympic schedule against Slovakia.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard will also be out of the lineup as Ryan Miller back ups Jonathan Quick.

As for the players that are in the lineup, the lines and defensive pairings to start the game are as follows.

Forwards

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

Defense

Cam Fowler - John Carlson
Ryan Suter - Paul Martin
Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk
Brooks Orpik

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