The Canadiens’ Carey Price will be in goal for Team Canada when it plays its first Olympic game in Sochi at noon Thursday ET against Norway.
The Vancouver Canucks’ Roberto Luongo will start the second game at noon Friday ET against Austria. Head coach Mike Babcock will then decide which goaltender will start the final preliminary-round game at noon ET Sunday against Finland.
HI/O’s Mike Boone will be part of a Postmedia News live blog during all of Team Canada’s games in Sochi, which you will be able to link to from the HI/O site.
“I was going to play one of them in (each of) the first two games,” Babcock told reporters in Sochi after announcing Price would start the first game. “If I had put Luongo in, you’d be asking me the same question.”
Price called getting the start a highlight of his career, telling reporters in Sochi: “I seem to have a lot in my young life so far. It definitely ranks up there.”
Said Luongo: “We’re all here to play for Team Canada, man. It’s not about one player. We’re all pulling the same rope.”
According to the expected Team Canada lineup published by The Canadian Press, the Canadiens’ P.K. Subban will be a healthy scratch Thursday against Norway, along with forward Matt Duchene.
Here is CP’s expected Team Canada lineup:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Jeff Carter
Patrick Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Rick Nash
Patrick Marleau – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Jamie Benn – John Tavares – Patrice Bergeron
Thirteenth forward: Marty St. Louis
Duncan Keith – Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Seventh defenceman: Dan Hamhuis
Carey Price – Roberto Luongo
Matt Duchene, P.K. Subban
(Photo by Jean Levac/Postmedia News)