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.
According to lineup, St-Louis with Crosby-Kunitz, Marleau with Toews-Nash, Duchene with Getzlaf-Perry. Carter with Tavares, Benn,Bergeron.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 14, 2014
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).
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.
Team Canada vs Team Austria Recap and Thoughts: http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2014/02/14/canada-vs-austria-recap/ …
Well there goes that
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.
@NHL: RT @iihfhockey: With Finland's first goal against Norway Teemu Selanne became the oldest player to score at Olympics at 43y, 7m, 11d.
@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.
@TheCanucksnaphook "You keep it Jeff. I'm waiting for the one that counts."
@wiski he obviously hates the canucks now lol, probably wishing he was a leaf
@Bobsyouruncle The other goalie that drew in for the third looked pretty sharp.
@Bobsyouruncle Good Bern :) !
@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.
@Xxxxxnew What was the final in that game?
@wiski carter making the most of his minutes
@Belfour20 From Front Army, I have several, but he breast look bigger here
@Belfour20 Who is that
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.
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!"
@Jay_Berg Love for Doughty to be a Leaf. Pair with Phaneuf--stand back!
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.
Not at all. He may be talented but am unforgiving for the crap he pulls against us almost each and every game.
@Archie Vanlanda Duchene's a stud. If Sharp's back in the next game I wouldn't be surprised of Kunitz sat.
@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.
@Murph2417 Only against ze Germans....nah I'm sure Poland doesn't have a hockey team.