Via CBS Eye on Hockey's Chris Peters, here is the line-up the US World Junior team when they take on Boston University tonight in their final exhibition game against Boston University before they head to the tournament in Canada.
Tyler Motte - Jack Eichel - Alex Tuch
Nick Schmaltz - JT Compher - Jeremy Bracco
Sonny Milano - Chase DeLeo - Anthony Louis
Adam Erne - Cole Cassels - Mike McCarron
Scratched: Dylan Larkin, Auston Matthews, John Hayden, Hudson Fasching
Michael Downing - Ryan Collins
Will Butcher - Anthony DeAngelo
Noah Hanifin - Brandon Carlo
Scratched: Zach Werenski, Ian McCoshen, Steve Santini(injured)
Brandon Halverson(first half of game) - Alex Nedeljkovic(second half)
Scratched: Thatcher Demko
Tonight is all about making final evaluations, so the players that are scratched are all likely safe. Last year, all the players that sat out the exhibition game made the team, with the exception of JT Compher, who missed the game because he was in a walking boot. The only scratches that are even close to surprises are Zach Werenski and John Hayden.
Who needs to impress the coaching staff tonight to stick around? It's tough to tell just from looking at the pairings. The Downing-Collins defensive pairing looks to be the weakest. Brandon Carlo will have a chance to impress by anchoring the other half of the D pairing with Noah Hanifin. Forward is anyone's guess. Jeremy Bracco and Tyler Motte are both getting an opportunities on a scoring line to show what they can do.
It's also interesting that the US opted to dress an extra forward and extra defenseman like they will do in the tournament, rather than the traditional 12 and 6 they dressed in last year's exhibition. Wood and Dougherty are both potential candidates to fill those roles at the tournament.
The World Junior team will face off against BU at 7:30 ET this evening. We'll have coverage from Josh Kummins and Jeff Cox, who will be on the scene in Boston.