Keith Kinkaid, other Devils finish 2nd in group play with Team USA at World Championships

Team USA lost its final game of the preliminary round on Tuesday to finish second in Group B at the 2018 IIHF World Championships in Denmark.A 6-2 loss to Finland was the only defeat in seven preliminary-round games for Team USA, which went 4-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L). But the regulation loss was enough for Finland to jump into first place in Group B. Both teams finished with 16 points in group play, but the head-to-head win gave Finland the edge.Team USA will play the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, May 17, against the Czech Republic, which finished in third place in Group B. Team USA would advance to Saturday’s semifinals with a win, and they would then play for a spot in Sunday’s final.Where will Kovalchuk make NHL return?The United States National Team features current Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid, forwards Blake Coleman and Brian Gibbons, and defenseman Will Butcher, who all saw significant time during preliminary play.Kinkaid started six of the seven games in goal, where he racked up a three regulation wins, one overtime win and one shootout win. He allowed five goals and made 30 saves in the 6-2 loss to Finland. He posted a 2.09 GAA, a .924 save percentage and two shutouts in pool play.Coleman, Gibbons and Butcher played in all seven games. Gibbons went scoreless, although he missed a prime scoring chance in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s game.Coleman finished with one goal and one assist. His assist came in a 5-4 shootout win over Canada to open group play. Canada finished third in Group B.After going for three points in Team USA’s exhibition opener in Denmark, Butcher added one goal and three assists over the seven preliminary games.Devils defenseman Mirco Mueller racked up one goal and five assists during seven games for Switzerland, which finished fourth in Group A. Mueller and Switzerland will play Finland in the quarterfinals.