U.S. roster has rebuilt defense

Wheeler and Oshie narrowly nudged aside Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad, who likely would be the next forward named if there's an injury.

The health of the team will continue to be a story as the Olympics approach, given the number of players currently injured or coming off serious injuries.

Among those recovering from injury are Quick, Howard and Orpik, while Martin, Callahan and Parise are all out of their respective lineups. Backes was out with an upper-body injury, returned and was injured in Saturday's game against Chicago. His immediate status is unknown.

All are expected to return in time for the start of the Olympics. The Americans play their first game Feb. 13, against Slovakia.

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, member nations can replace players due to injury or special circumstance (such as a family emergency) up to two hours before the first game of the tournament, which is Feb. 12.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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