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TORONTO -- One game into the World Cup of Hockey, the United States is on the verge of elimination. Asics Mexico 66 Onitsuka Tiger .The U.S. goes into its showdown against Canada on Tuesday night needing a victory to survive and give itself a chance to advance to the semifinals.A loss in the opener to Team Europe and Europes overtime victory over the Czech Republic on Monday made this a win-or-go-home game for the Americans.U.S. players circled the game against Canada as the biggest game of the tournament as soon as the schedule was released. Based on their precarious position, it has become exactly that.We were looking forward to this game as a great measuring stick, and the result of not winning the first game is its also for our lives now, center David Backes said. We cant hold anything back. This is all the chips on the table for our team, and we need to play desperate.Coach John Tortorella called it the Americans championship game even before it was clear that they had to win to stay alive. He expects a charged atmosphere at Air Canada Centre, where the U.S is the enemy and is facing a must-win game.Playing there, against them, everybody wants us knocked out, Tortorella said Monday. I cant wait and I think our players cant wait for this game to start. Its going to be a blast.The U.S. focus has been on Canada, but the host and tournament favorite is focused on itself. Goaltender Carey Price called facing the U.S. just another game, and Canada is going about its business as usual.The most important game youre playing in these tournaments is the one youre playing tomorrow, coach Mike Babcock said.Canadian players even brushed aside eliminating the U.S. as a source of motivation. Canada just wants to beat everyone.I dont think we really look at their situation, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. I think we know the magnitude of the game just because of who were playing -- the rivalry and all that.For us, I dont think we should really be concerned. We know how important it is (for the U.S.), but its important to us to because weve got to win those games to move on.Canada would clinch a spot in the semifinals for itself and Europe with a win.Some things to watch when the U.S. faces Canada:KANE AND ABDELKADER: Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane is expected to play on a line with grinder Justin Abdelkader and center Derek Stepan. Abdelkader isnt a linemate anyone expected to play with Kane, but Tortorella thinks the Detroit Red Wings winger has been strong and needs to play more.I need to get in on the forecheck, use my size, use my physicality to create opportunities, Abdelkader said. Wherever he uses me, wherever he puts me, Ill be ready. Im not going to change anything with my game.CONTAINING CROSBY: If the U.S. is going to have any success, itll have to keep Canadas potent first line of Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron from doing too much damage. Checking center Brandon Dubinsky has guarded Crosby many times, but stopping the Canadian captain is a team effort.PRICE PERFECT: Price hasnt allowed a goal in international competition in 224:19, counting the World Cup opener and the semifinal and final at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. U.S. goaltender Jonathan Quick was brilliant against Canada in Sochi, allowing one goal on a deflection by Jamie Benn, whos injured and not playing in this tournament.BACK TO BUFF: All signs point to defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Kyle Palmieri being back in the U.S. lineup after being healthy scratches in the loss to Europe. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Byfuglien is a physical force with a big shot on the power play who can make a difference against Canada, which isnt changing anything.SEEN STAMKOS: Steven Stamkos, motivated by missing Sochi with a broken leg and by playing close to his hometown, looks due to break through after four shots on goal in Canadas opener. To try and keep a goal scorer like that off the sheet is not easy, especially when he has that many looks, center Ryan Getzlaf said. As long as were getting those opportunities, thats the main thing.---Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno . Nimbus 17 Mujer . "I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game," the Cincinnati coach said, referring the yard line the ball would need to be snapped from. Puma Suede Heart Satin Blancas . Mickelson barely made the cut but had the best round of the day with nine birdies and an eagle coupled with two bogeys to sit two shots behind leader Craig Lee of Scotland. 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Retiring NSW skipper Paul Gallen deserves a packed house at his final State of Origin game, Johnathan Thurston says.But the Queensland playmaker says he feels no sympathy for prospective Blues pivots Jack Bird and Matt Moylan, promising a tough initiation.Thurston may look forward to seeing the back of NSW warhorse Gallen, who will draw the curtain on a 24-game Origin career in Wednesday nights Origin III in Sydney.And it may be a dead rubber after Queensland sealed their 10th series win in 11 years.But Thurston could feel for the departing captain following reports that 20,000 seats are still available at ANZ Stadium.Thurston believes a sellout crowd would provide a fitting farewell for Gallen.It will be a shame if their captain runs out to 60,000, Thurston said.He has played over 20 Origins for them.It would be sad I feel (if it was not a packed house).Thurstons mood quickly changed when the subject of NSWs five-eighth was brought up.Cronullas Bird and Penriths Moylan are vying for the NSW No.6 jersey in a reshuffle after halfback Adam Reynolds succumbed to a shoulder injury.Thurston said he expected Bird to start at pivot.Its a tricky one for them but (Bird) is a bigger body and played that position before, he said. Asics Gel Noosa Tri 8. Jack has been smashing it at Cronulla. His confidence will be high.His game two stint was a bit short but the time he was on there I thought he was good.Moylan is probably more of a ball player and Bird is more of a runner, they both bring different styles to the team.But whoever is there we will send traffic their way.Bird made his Blues debut in game two off the bench, while Moylan played the first two Origins at fullback.Moylan may have been replaced by James Tedesco as NSW No.1 but he is back as a possible halves partner for James Maloney.Moylan has never played five-eighth in the NRL, let alone Origin.Thurston said it would be a risk to pitchfork Moylan into the Blues halves.Everyone knows Origin is a different beast, he said.Defending in the front line, you have to make the right decision. Otherwise, a lot of points will be scored around you.But you can tell Jack is a confidence player, and that wont worry him. 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