Team USA practice suggests Byfuglien and Palmieri could play versus Canada


Based on today’s practice, changes could be coming to Team USA’s lineup for tomorrow’s must-win versus Team Canada at the World Cup.

Dustin Byfuglien, a controversial scratch in Saturday’s loss to Team Europe, was reportedly skating on a pairing with Erik Johnson, while Jack Johnson did not participate in rushes.

Jack Johnson played just 11:26 on Saturday, the lowest amount of any American defenseman.

It also appears that winger Kyle Palmieri, a 30-goal scorer for the Devils last season, could be entering the lineup.

David Backes played a team-low 6:35 against Team Europe, so he’s the most obvious candidate to come out.

P.S. — Patrick Kane with Derek Stepan and Justin Abdelkader is an….um….interesting combination.

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