Sochi Preview: Canada vs. Austria; Doughty & Carter (Feb.14/14; 9am PST)
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They were supposed to rout Norway in their opener but managed just a 3-1 win. Nevertheless, a win's a win as Team Canada looks forward to their Friday matchup against an Austrian team coming off an 8-4 beating at the hands of Finland on Thursday.
For Friday's contest, there will be three definite changes for Canada. Forward Matt Duchene and defenseman PK Subban, who sat out of the Norway game, will be inserted into the lineup on Friday. Also, netminder Carey Price will take a seat in favour of Roberto Luongo. Despite leading Canada to gold in 2010, Luongo has struggled mightily lately with the Vancouver Canucks and hopes, along with the rest of his team and their fans, that donning the red-and-white will help his confidence immensely.
As for who is coming out of the Canadian lineup in favour of Duchene and Subban, that remains to be seen. But fans are certainly hoping for a better effort on Friday.
After outscoring the Norwegians 37-3 in their previous four contests, Team Canada only mustered three goals to Norway's one. But despite the lack of scoring, the Canadians did look gradually better as their tournament-opener went along.
This is a feeling-out process for Team Canada and while the talent is there and then some, chemistry isn't as quick to pick up.- and that's just the reality of the situation.
The Austrians may enter Friday's match as significant underdogs but the Canadians aren't ready to overlook them as anything can happen. Case in point: Thursday versus Norway.
The puck drops at 9am PST (12pm EST) as the Canadians not only hope to enter the weekend at 2-0-0 but with a great deal of momentum on their side.
Enjoy the game!