Canada will be looking for more offense today when they take on Austria, and they could get a major boost with Matt Duchene stepping into the lineup. He sat out yesterday’s contest against Norway, and should be fresh and able to make a difference for a team that will be looking to score some goals today.
— Antti Mäkinen (@sirmakinen) February 14, 2014
Patrick Sharp will take a seat in favor of Duchene, and while the Chicago Blackhawks forward has an outstanding shot and is incredibly underrated, he simply can’t break games open like Duchene can. On the large Olympic ice, speed kills and the Colorado Avalanche‘s leading scorer has plenty of haste to burn.
It seems likely that he’ll slot in and take Sharp’s ice time, which means he should play around 15 minutes for Canada.
Patrick Sharp played just over 14 minutes against Norway, sixth among forwards. He’ll be scratched tonight in favour of Matt Duchene.
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) February 14, 2014
With all the other “superpower” nations running up the scores in their respective games over the first two days of the preliminary round, look for Canada to get in on the action with an offensively prolific showing.