Sochi 2014: Team Canada vs. Team Austria

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Canada looks to build up some goal differential today vs. Austria after *only* beating Norway 3-1 yesterday.


The Austrians looked horrendous defensively vs. Finland yesterday, as you might imagine when conceding eight goals, but have some quick footed forwards who came out ready to play and caught the Finns by surprise with a goal 30 seconds into the game. The two sides were square at 2s after 20 minutes.

Besides captain Thomas Vanek, Michael Grabner is another to be weary of, especially with his wheels on the big ice. He had a hat trick against the Finns. He’s been playing on a line with Michael Raffl, a 25 year old undrafted signing of the Flyers who has contributed 18 points (in 46 games) worth of secondary scoring in the Flyers bottom six this season.

Andreas Nodl (former depth forward for the Flyers, Hurricanes) and Thomas Pock (defenceman formerly of the New York Rangers) might be another couple of other names you recognize on Austria.

P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene will enter Canada’s lineup in the place of Dan Hamhuis and, somewhat surprisingly, Patrick Sharp. Martin St. Louis had some good shifts while being bumped around various lines and so he will remain in the lineup.


The enemy:

Team Austria Roster

Goalies: Bernhard Starkbaum, Rene Swette, Fabian Weinhandl.

Defensemen: Mario Altmann, Florian Iberer, Andre Lakos, Robert Lukas, Thomas Pock, Matthias Trattnig, Stefan Ulmer, Gerhard Unterluggauer.

Forwards: Michael Grabner, Raphael Herburger, Thomas Hundertpfund, Matthias Iberer, Thomas Koch, Andreas Kristler, Manuel Latusa, Brian Lebler, Daniel Oberkofler, Michael Raffl, Thomas Raffl, Oliver Setzinger, Thomas Vanek, Daniel Welser.

 

The early game is Sweden vs. Switzerland (7:30 a.m. EST).

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  • Dink

    I don’t like Canada’s forwards a whole lot.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nhl/1649/jeff-carter, http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nhl/1640/chris-kunitz, http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nhl/727/patrick-marleau and http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nhl/1564/rick-nash boggle my mind.

    On the plus, Bergeron is best complete center in NHL. They should keep him at center.

  • Great Dane

    @Dink It seems to me that Team Canada is more a question of being politically correct than winning.

    In my mind the Centers arre: Crosby; Getzlaf; Tanares and Bergeron. Bergeron you play against the others teams top line.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Fucking awesome pic.  I don’t think anything or anyone was missed.  Except of course Ford and Biebs. lol

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Was about to look up what time the game was on but figured I could get that info here.  Guess not unless I ask.  I know the SWE SUI game just is starting thanks to that info being posted in the blog..

  • MaxwellHowe

    Sooo, what time is the Canada – Austria game?

  • B_Leaf

    @Dink  

    Crosby should be on the wing on this team in my opinion

  • TuckerForPunishment

    MaxwellHowe  I’m fucking confused as fuck right now.  This blog says SWE vs SUI at 7:30 am EST but I can’t watch it  till 7:30 am CST???

  • theacs1966

    MaxwellHowe  I think it’s on at Noon.  Pregame at 11.30

  • theacs1966

    Great Dane  Getzlaf was the best Canadian forward in game one.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    so its fuckin snowing here…

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks

  • theacs1966

    Yaknowwhat  Ya, and when has goal differential ever been an issue for Canada?  We have win differentials.  I guess it’s something to think about, but I am not worried in the least that we will be in peril because we only won a game by 2 goals.  The win is the important thing.

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb   Sup Murph !

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Murph2417 Thats awful/

  • theacs1966

    Murph2417 TheCanucksnaphook  better you than me, where are you?

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Yaknowwhat  Going to come down to goaltending IMO.  Team with the best goalie will win.

  • mcloki

    Morning gents and my earliest STFU Healy.

  • Mind Bomb

    Yaknowwhat Mind Bomb   Aye but I am Holy ! P 

    lol Morning Bro, I agree with you on the Canadian team, I dont care who we picked, there is no excuse for a poor showing, they are good enough to win, and if the compete hard, I dont see the issue, I bet Duschene steals Carters spot though

  • theacs1966

    Yaknowwhat theacs1966  It wasn’t’ as close as the score.  Their goaler was fantastic, kept them in the game, that’s all you can ask.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    mcloki  Soberest too?

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  Morning MC.  I am hoping they like him over there and keep him

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Canada vs Austria is at 12pm EST

  • theacs1966

    Murph2417 theacs1966 TheCanucksnaphook  Oh fuck!  People still live there?  Did they shut down the provence like they had to in Atlanta when they got hit by this storm?

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb   Prolly Crazy, the border usually is going into a Holiday Weekend here that is not one in the States, People try to cram an extra days shipping in today, will make the do go by fast though

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 TheCanucksnaphook Pfff…thats nothing.  PEI, give me abreak.  In St. John’s this morning actual preformed and well packed sluch balls are falling from the sky.  Winds at 400 km/h.  The waves are smashing against my 6th story window here.  Yes, all businesses are open because to close is to concede manhood.

  • theacs1966

    Murph2417 theacs1966 TheCanucksnaphook  I didn’t see Anderson Cooper on CNN from PEI, wonder why?  It’s all they talked about yesterday….as if snow storms are new, or news.  They need another war.

  • theacs1966

    Murph2417 theacs1966 TheCanucksnaphook  Oh sure here too, but Atlanta got clobbered by 2 and a half inches of snow.  We don’t even notice that, there it’s a fucking emergency.

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb  Yep Family Day, a new holiday, Still pissed about it actually, it should have been Remembrance Day, so People can go to a parade, etc,

  • MaxwellHowe

    Shift_Disturber1 hand wringing will proceed at 3pm EST

  • mcloki

    The Swiss are playing a tight game.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Murph2417 I may have exaggerated, but only slightly

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    So Wynne/Liberals lost TWO Huge by-elections last night.  Is there a chance this province may turn around?  I sadly thing we are doomed.

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe Murph2417 TheCanucksnaphook  Lord Tunderan Boy ! Stay Safe

  • Shift_Disturber1

    MaxwellHowe Shift_Disturber1  Shit……………it’s already begun/never stopped

  • theacs1966

    Murph2417 theacs1966 TheCanucksnaphook  No, not you guys, the Yanks in the south panic if they see a snow flake.  “CALL CNN!

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Mind Bomb mcloki  I thought you meant in more of a disappear him way 😉

  • mcloki

    I haven’t heard Simpson this morning. Dare I hope he’s on a train to a gulag in Siberia.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Mind Bomb You’d use foolish words to if you had to put up with this.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    mcloki  please please please.

  • theacs1966

    Murph2417 theacs1966 TheCanucksnaphook  NO one, no one, bitches about the snow and the cold more than I.  My nickname in Whitehorse was,”Sam McGee”.

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 Mind Bomb  Nice man, Not here thought, and it show a severe lack of respect IMHO

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook Probably.  But don’t worry.  Newfoundland will up the tranfer payment we send up there.  Got your back bro.

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe Mind Bomb  I have been to St Johns, Its beautiful there bro, not nasty at all, then I went for a Month in July lol

  • Shift_Disturber1

    TheCanucksnaphook   either way we are hooped

  • Mind Bomb

    Shift_Disturber1 Mind Bomb mcloki  Hahah, no let him suffer in Siberia

  • theacs1966

    Yaknowwhat TuckerForPunishment  I don’t know.  I need some Viagra to get excited about our goaltending.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Mind Bomb Shift_Disturber1mcloki ahhhhh sweet sweet thoughts. The HNIC trio calling imaginary games in the Siberian wilderness. It’s a win win. They can say whatever they want and nobody will here them or care. 😀

  • Mind Bomb

    Yaknowwhat TuckerForPunishment   Lou, has done it, I think he takes the net today

  • Mind Bomb

    Murph2417 mcloki  Hurry lassie, Healy has fallen into a well ! We have to cover it up !

  • Shift_Disturber1

    Mind Bomb Murph2417mcloki    Grenade…..or 12