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2016 World Cup: Team USA vs Team Europe game thread, schedule, lines, and how to watch

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The World Cup of Hockey gets underway today, with the USA facing off versus Team Europe.

Hockey: World Cup of Hockey-Pre Tournament-Team Finland vs Team USA Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The wait is finally over. After a lengthy pre-tournament schedule, teams take to the ice in Toronto today to kick off the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. First up is the veteran Team Europe versus the physical style of the Americans.

Europe was given a tough draw in to start their tune up games, by facing Team North America twice, and falling victim to their intensity and speed both times. They rebounded in their final game, dominating Sweden 6-2, and earning a much needed win.


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The United States began their pre-tournament games by playing Canada twice, splitting the series with the tournament favourites. It was clear from the get go that the USA was going to try to set the tone via physical play, and it would be surprising if they abandoned that strategy seeing as head coach John Tortorella has made it clear that’s the game plan.

Due to the World Cup format, both teams will be eager to get a win under their belt, which should bode well in terms of entertainment value today. Expect an intense, skilled game.

The puck drops at 3:30 PM EDT, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): TVAS

In Canada (English): Sportsnet One, Sportsnet 360

In the United States: ESPN 2

Stream: Watch ESPN

The lineups are subject to change, and we will update if any changes occur.

Team Europe Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Anze Kopitar Marian Hossa
Marian Gaborik Frans Nielsen Mats Zuccarello
Nino Niederreiter Leon Draisaitl Tobias Reider
Thomas Vanek Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Jannik Hansen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Zdeno Chara Andrej Sekera
Roman Josi Dennis Seidenberg
Christian Ehrhoff Mark Streit
Goaltenders
Jaroslav Halak
Tomas Greiss

Team USA Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Zach Parise Joe Pavelski Black Wheeler
James van Riemsdyk Derek Stepan Patrick Kane
Max Pacioretty Ryan Kesler T.J. Oshie
Justin Abdelkader David Backes Brandon Dubinsky
Left Defense
Right Defense
Ryan Suter Erik Johnson
Ryan McDonagh John Carlson
Jack Johnson Matt Niskanen
Goaltenders
Jonathan Quick
Ben Bishop

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