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Price gets the call as Canada and Finland clash in Group B

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2/16/2014 11:13:26 AM
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Carey Price gets the call in net for Canada when it takes on Finland to wrap up preliminary round play at the 2014 Winter Olympics today.

Mike Babcock has turned to the Montreal Canadiens goalie over Roberto Luongo, who backed Canada to a gold medal in Vancouver in 2010, for Canada's final preliminary round game against the ailing Finns.

You can listen to the game live on TSN Radio in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Ottawa.

Martin St. Louis takes his turn as the healthy scratch on forward, as Patrick Sharp draws back into the lineup.

P.K. Subban will also be watching from the side with Dan Hamhuis returning to the blue line.

"These are great players, great people that are committed to us winning a medal," Babcock said. "It's all about the medal. ... When you win at the end you made the right decisions, if you don't, you get second-guessed."

Pittsburgh Penguins linemates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, along with Jeff Carter, will be split up for today's contest; Crosby playing alongside wingers Jamie Benn and Patrice Bergeron.

"Benn, Bergeron and Tavares have been a great line," Babcock said. "But the great thing about it, is that I can put it back at any time. I've got those lines set up where the wingers and go back and forth seamlessly. Kunitz and Nash can go tonight with Crosby in a heartbeat. So we'll see what happens."

Team Canada lines versus Finland:

Jamie Benn - Sidney Crosby -  Patrice Bergeron
Patrick Marleau - Jonathan Toews - Jeff Carter
Matt Duchene - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Chris Kunitz - John Tavares - Rick Nash
Patrick Sharp


Duncan Keith-Shea Weber

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Dan Hamhuis

Martin St. Louis, P.K. Subban

Tavares - Crosby - Carter
Weber - Doughty

Kunitz - Getzlaf - Perry
Keith - Sharp

Marleau/Benn - Bergeron
Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo

Toews - Nash
Vlasic - Doughty

The Finns confirmed on Saturday that centre Aleksander Barkov would be out for the remainder of the tournament with a lower-body injury. The team is already without Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula.

The ageless wonder, 42-year-old Teemu Selanne, will once again be thrust into a leading role for the Finnish offence. Since the NHL began participating in the Winter Olympics with Nagano in 1998, no player has more goals at the Games than Selanne's 15.

"They've been playing some good hockey, been putting up some big goals," Canadian defenceman Alex Pietrangelo said. "They have a lot of firepower up front and some pretty good skating D back there. When it comes to the goaltending everybody knows how deep they are back there."

Either Canada or Finland can secure the number one spot in Group B with a regulation win. Sweden won Group C with a perfect 3-0 record, but with a goal-differential of five they would finish behind either team in that scenario.

Finland enters the game with a goal-differential of nine, while Canada enters with eight more goals than they have conceded.

Carey Price - Canada (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)



Last met in 2006, FIN shutout win
alternated wins/losses over past 7 OLY meetings
winner of game wins group
2/7 on PP, 3/4 on PK
Lehtonen 1GA, 21 shots
Maatta (2G, 2A), Vatanen (4A)
5G from LAK, Carter-3, Doughty-2
0/3 on PP, 6/7 on PK
Luongo 23 saves in shutout
Doughty(2) and Weber (2) have scored in both games
Marleau (4A)
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