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Max Pacioretty is having another fine season for the Montreal Canadiens, having already potted 26 goals in 50 games. There is little doubting his ability to score.
But what kind of opportunity will he be given to do so for for Team USA?
Coach Dan Bylsma had Pacioretty skating on the fourth line at the team's first practice, according to Nicholas Goss at NESN. His linemates were Paul Stastny and Ryan Callahan. Generally, the fourth line will see 10-12 minutes of ice time, limiting Pacioretty's chances to score.
Pacioretty is also coming off an injury scare from Montreal's last game against the Carolina Hurricanes, where he went hard into the post while driving the net. He had to leave the game and did not return. He practiced in full on Monday, however, and has declared himself ready to play, via Scott Burnside of ESPN.
Projecting Pacioretty's stats all comes down to how much ice time he will see, both at even strength and on the power play. Early on in the tournament, it appears as though he won't be logging heavy minutes.
Bylsma, like all coaches in Sochi, won't hesitate to shake up the lines if things aren't going as planned. Pacioretty will likely be given the first crack at top-six minutes if one of the starting wingers struggles early.
Expect Pacioretty to score an early round-robin goal and force his coach into giving him more playing time. He will be a factor for Team USA.
Final stats: three goals, one assist, even plus/minus rating.