Pavelski joins sniper-filled line for Team USA

Pavelski joins sniper-filled line for Team USA
February 10, 2014, 11:45 am
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Sharks center Joe Pavelski leads the San Jose Sharks in goals with 29 this season to go along with his 25 assists. (USATSI)


It’s early, but the U.S. has put together a sniper-filled line for Sochi.

Monday’s practice was highlighted by the Phil Kessel-James van Riemsdyk-Joe Pavelski trio, featuring three of the NHL’s top 20 goalscorers this season.

Kessel, second in the league with 31 tallies, looks as though he’ll retain his Toronto running mate van Riemsdyk for the Olympic tourney. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise — as we saw with Canada, teams are looking to utilize the chemistry built between teammates during the regular season (Sidney Crosby-Chris Kunitz, Jonathan Toews-Patrick Sharp and Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry were all paired at today’s Canadian skate.)