Sochi 2014: Team Canada vs. Team Austria

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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674 comments
Mattmark
Mattmark

While the forwards are looking good, the defense looked more cohesive four years ago.  Doughty was the newcomer then and was terrific.  The current additions are also good, but it's hard to argue that they're an upgrade on Boyle, Niedermeyer and Pronger.

PEIleafnation
PEIleafnation

any idea the spot one can find the ice time posted

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

I would think Duchene stays in for Sharp. He looked very dangerous.

Subban might as well stay in as well but mainly as PP specialist.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@NHL: RT @iihfhockey: With Finland's first goal against Norway Teemu Selanne became the oldest player to score at Olympics at 43y, 7m, 11d.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Jay: can you make the prediction that Bergeron and Subban will play, please???????

vinoa
vinoa

@Jay_Berg  What about Kunitz? He was mostly invisible out there. Had a couple of decent plays but nothing special. Crosby obviously has chemistry with anyone and there are a lot of players that are stepping it up.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Xxxxxnew With all due respect to Selanne, the most amazing oldster is Latvia's Ozolinsh (42).  Apparently today he "led every rush."  For years he's been the closest thing to a one-man team in hockey for the Latvians.
 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Belfour20  From Front Army, I have several, but he breast look bigger here 

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Murph2417 @MattmarkThe result is we've had a few scrambles in our own end.  Let's hope the new group gets it together quickly.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Bobsyouruncle @MattmarkNiedermeyer really revved it up, mid-tournament.  He was terrific both ways, last three games.  What a way to end a great career!

Archie Vanlanda
Archie Vanlanda

@vinoa @Jay_Berg  I thought Marty looked just as bad as Kunitz. Syd gave them both lots of opportunities and they did nothing with them

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Kunitz def has not looked good. I'd keep him in with Sid though. It'll come. Once the ice shrinks against the better teams that's when they will hopefully become more effective.

juliesucks
juliesucks

@Mattmark @Xxxxxnew Wow, didn't know he was still playing. Although considering it's Latvia, he'll probably be their best Dman at 62 too.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Murph2417 @MattmarkAnyway, it must be a pleasure for all these guys to play with each other.  You can tell they're having fun.

Last time around, an interviewer asked Doughty if he'd found it difficult stepping up to that level of hockey, and his answer was interesting: "In some ways it's harder... but in others it's easier.  The pace of the game is very fast.  But everybody's in position!"

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Jay_Berg Love for Doughty to be a Leaf.  Pair with Phaneuf--stand back!

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

I still don't know what you are taking about lol. He's a hell of a player. Plays hard, clean, smart. I'd love for him to be a leaf.

Waiting4LSC
Waiting4LSC

Not at all. He may be talented but am unforgiving for the crap he pulls against us almost each and every game.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@vinoa @Archie VanlandaMSL looked dangerous on some rushes and so did Duchene.  A line with those two and Crosby would be a great skating line, and Crosby with wingers actually able to set him up is certainly capable of putting the puck in the net.

vinoa
vinoa

@Archie Vanlanda Duchene's a stud. If Sharp's back in the next game I wouldn't be surprised of Kunitz sat.

vinoa
vinoa

@Archie Vanlanda Agreed. He didn't look too great with Crosby either....but those 2 guys don't play on the same line. I really thought that Kunitz would shut everybody up with his play but so far nothing. Yeah it's only been 2 games but this isn't exactly a long tournament.

vinoa
vinoa

@Murph2417 Only against ze Germans....nah I'm sure Poland doesn't have a hockey team.

Mesmer
Mesmer

@Murph2417 @Mesmer @Bobsyouruncle  


The guy scored three goals. Why find a way to diminish the accomplishment?


I don't even like him after the stunt he pulled on Columbus.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@juliesucks @Mattmark@XxxxxnewGlory years... feeding Sakic and Forsberg.  (Kind of like Crosby and Malkin... talk about overkill.  Now if only the Pens had Doughty...)

Mattmark
Mattmark

@juliesucks @Mattmark@XxxxxnewI remember him eight years ago against Slovakia.  Every time he was on the ice the Slovaks couldn't touch the puck, and his own teammates just got out of his way.  One of the most underrated backend rushers in history, IMO.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Murph2417 @Mind Bomb @wiski @Belfour20  To me, it's more about symmetry.  Big fake boobs on a small frame looks silly....like guys who overwork their upper bodies and have chicken legs....not very attractive IMO.