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PROJECTED LINEUPS

Wild

Jason ZuckerEric StaalMikael Granlund

Zach PariseMikko KoivuCharlie Coyle

Nino NiederreiterJoel Eriksson EkTyler Ennis

Daniel WinnikMatt CullenMarcus Foligno

Ryan SuterJared Spurgeon

Jonas BrodinMatt Dumba

Nick SeelerNate Prosser

Starting goalie: Devan Dubnyk

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Avalanche

Gabriel LandeskogNathan MacKinnonMikko Rantanen

Sven AndrighettoTyson JostJ.T. Compher

Matt NietoCarl SoderbergBlake Comeau

Alexander KerfootDominic ToninatoGabriel Bourque

Nikita ZadorovTyson Barrie

Patrik NemethSamuel Girard

Duncan SiemensDavid Warsofsky

Starting goalie: Semyon Varlamov

No surprise: Auston Matthews continues to impress at worlds

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After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, the United States is coming roaring back against Canada in Saturday’s entertaining semifinals game at the worlds.

You know what’s even more fun? Seeing how a hot prospect looks against various collections of NHL and professional-level players.

Earlier today, Patrik Laine looked sharp in assisting Finland’s 3-1 upset(?) against Russia.

Auston Matthews seems to be the odds-on No.1 overall pick for the 2016 NHL Draft, and the hockey world is getting some sneak previews of his fantastic talent. He began the U.S. comeback with this howling shot of a goal:

That began a run of three goals for the United States, but Derick Brassard tied it up 3-3 on the power play mere moments ago.

Another significant moment came when a David Warsofsky tying goal counted:

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Demko added to United States world championship team

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Goalie Thatcher Demko, defenseman David Warsofsky, and forward Miles Wood have been added to the United States squad that will compete in next month’s world championship in Russia.

Demko — a Hobey Baker finalist this season for Boston College — has been in the news a lot lately, as the 20-year-old has yet to sign with the Vancouver Canucks, the team that drafted him in 2014 and would like to get him under contract this summer.

If Demko decides to go back to school for his senior season, it would seem likely that he’d be headed for free agency next summer, a la Hobey Baker winner Jimmy Vesey.

The latest on that, from Vancouver Metro:

General manager Jim Benning, on Tuesday, expanded on the visit he had with Thatcher Demko’s family last week while the Boston College star goalie was in Tampa Bay for the NCAA Frozen Four.

Benning did not actually speak with Demko himself. Read into that what you will.

While he didn’t speak to the actual player in this case, Benning said he had a good conversation with Demko’s parents and Demko’s representative.

“He was concentrating on trying to win a championship and we didn’t want to disrupt him from his focus on that,” said Benning. “He’s an extremely competitive guy and he was so mad that they lost out the night before, he didn’t want to visit or talk the following day.”

Wood was Demko’s teammate at Boston College. He recently signed with the New Jersey Devils, making his NHL debut on April 9.

Related: Devils claim Warsofsky

Roundup: Habs claim Brown, Devils claim Warsofsky

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Quick look at some of the moves made via waivers on trade deadline day…

— Montreal replaced some of the grit at depth lost at forward from the Dale WeiseTomas Fleischmann trade by picking up Mike Brown from the Sharks. Brown, 30, has appeared in 44 games for San Jose this season, scoring one goal and three points while racking up 63 PIM.

Brown is in the last of a two-year, $2.4 million deal with a $1.25M average annual cap hit.

— New Jersey added some depth on defense by claiming David Warsofsky off waiver from the Penguins. Warsofsky, 25, is a decent offensive blueliner that’s failed to make much of an impact at the NHL level, scoring just two goals and four points in 22 career games.

This year, Warsofsky appeared in 12 contests for the Penguins, a career high. He’s on a one-year, $600,000 deal and will be an RFA on July 1.

— There were no takers for a pair of goalies exposed to waivers yesterday (Toronto’s Alex Stalock and Colorado’s Reto Berra), nor did anyone put in a claim for Columbus’ Rene Bourque or Boston’s Zac Rinaldo.

It’s worth noting that Rinaldo has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Tuesday, following his high hit on Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette.

Related: Oilers pick up Cracknell, Pardy off waivers

Busy wire day, too: Laich clears, Berra and Rinaldo on waivers

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A busy day heading into the twilight of the trade deadline brings about other moves, including a boatload of activity on waivers.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie makes it easy for us all by compiling them all in a handful of tweets.

Waived, according to McKenzieAlex Stalock, Reto Berra, Rene Bourque, Mike Brown, David Warsofsky, Adam Cracknell, Adam Pardy and Zac Rinaldo.

Berra’s an interesting consideration, as he’s shown flashes of brilliance despite arguably being a little pricey when it comes the the assets Colorado spent to acquire and then keep him.

Stalock is noteworthy as he was part of the James Reimer trade, but won’t get an immediate look in Toronto.

Finally, Rinaldo tends to make waves when he plays in the NHL …

Clearing waivers, via McKenzie: Maxime Talbot, Chris Porter and Brooks Laich.

Laich is playing for Washington as of this writing.