SAN JOSE -- Sharks forward Joe Pavelski will be sharing the ice with his two Team USA linemates Tuesday night when San Jose faces the Toronto Maple Leafs.

But Pavelski indicated after the morning skate that he really didn't learn anything more about Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk than anyone who has watched them play closely didn't already know.

"I think it's pretty self-explanatory on those two," Pavelski said. "They're good players. Phil can score a lot of goals, he's a really good one-on-one player with his speed and off the rush. James is pretty good around the net, big body and makes plays. They both can skate well."

The three formed Team USA's top line at Sochi with Kessel tallying eight points, Van Riemsdyk scoring seven and Pavelski with five.

"Yeah, it was good for a little while," Pavelski said, acknowledging that things didn't go well for the line or Team USA in the medal games. "Those guys skated well and we made plays. The entries were good. They both have really good puck skills, making plays and seeing each other around the ice. I think that was one of the big things."

Van Riemsdyk said Monday that he was looking forward to playing against Pavelski.

"He was fun for me and Phil to play with and he was a great guy too," Van Riemsdyk told the Toronto Sun. "His brother played with my brother at UNH so I heard a little bit about him before meeting him this past summer, where I was his roommate at the USA camp."


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