Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the start in Wednesday’s Olympic quarterfinal game against Latvia, while Habs defenceman P.K. Subban will be a healthy scratch for the third time in four games.
Forward Martin St. Louis will return to the Team Canada lineup, while Matt Duchene will be a healthy scratch.
Latvia beat Switzerland 3-1 Tuesday in a playoff qualification game to advance to the quarterfinals. In other playoff qualification games Tuesday, Canadiens defencemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin were both plus-2 as Russia beat Norway 4-0, and Habs forwad Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist as the Czech Republic beat Slovakia 5-3.
The Canadiens players who aren’t in Sochi will see their Olympic vacation come to an end on Wednesday when they hit the ice in Brossard for a scheduled 2 p.m. practice.
Mike Boone will be blogging live during Canada’s quarterfinal game along with other hockey writers from Postmedia News. Check HI/O around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to get a link to the live blog.
This week’s HI/O Show, with Chris Nilan and Boone as the guests joining sports editor/host Stu Cowan, will be taped on Thursday morning and be available online around 5 p.m. that day focusing on Team Canada. If you have any questions you would like answered on the show, post them in the comments below or email Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take them into consideration.
Here’s the projected Team Canada lineup against Latvia from The Canadian Press:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Patrice Bergeron
Jamie Benn – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Marleau – Jonathan Toews – Jeff Carter
Patrick Sharp – John Tavares – Rick Nash / Martin St. Louis
Duncan Keith – Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester – Alex Pietrangelo
Carey Price – Roberto Luongo
Matt Duchene – P.K. Subban – Mike Smith
(Photo by Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)