Feb 20, 2014, 7:07 AM EDT
Canada had no choice but to make an adjustment after John Tavares was knocked out of the Olympics due to a knee injury. However, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock chose to keep the alterations to a minimum.
“Johnny’s been playing great for us, and hopefully he has a speedy recovery and it’s not too serious,” Duchene told the Canadian Press. “But it’s a big opportunity for myself now, chance to play center, to play where I’m comfortable.”
Beyond that, Babcock didn’t make any alterations to the lines that he used versus Latvia on Wednesday. Canada only managed to score two goals against the Latvians, but they controlled the game, out shooting them 57-16.
With that in mind, here’s what the Americans will likely face on Friday:
- Bruins sign three — Hayes, Connolly, and DeFazio 11
- Babcock expects Kadri to be ‘an elite player’ 14
- No expansion bid expected from Kansas City 33
- Leafs sign Matthias — one year, $2.3 million 17
- Report: Kopitar, Kings in ‘early stages of negotiations’ for extension 12
- Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA 13
- Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract 14
- Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov 12
- Brandon Saad brings championship experience to Blue Jackets 22
- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 25