Feb 14, 2014, 3:50 AM EDT
SOCHI, Russia — Mike Babcock said he’d sleep on any changes for Team Canada. Today, a few were announced, with defenseman Dan Hamhuis and forward Patrick Sharp coming out of the lineup for tonight’s game versus Austria, replaced by defenseman P.K. Subban and forward Matt Duchene.
That Hamhuis will be scratched is no real surprise either; the steady 31-year-old played 9:52 in Thursday’ 3-1 victory, the least of the seven defensemen.
But TSN’s Ryan Rishaug makes a good point here:
Makes sense from special Teams standpoint that Sharp is the odd man out up front. PK to get his spot on 2nd power play unit with Keith?—
Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) February 14, 2014
We’ll have to wait and see if Babcock alters his line combinations in a meaningful way. Duchene could simply step in for Sharp with Jonathan Toews and Rick Nash, or St. Louis could replace Sharp on that line with Duchene becoming the 13th forward, or there could be more significant changes all around.
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