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Matt Duchene to play for Canada vs Austria

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.

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.

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.

Tags: 2014 Winter Olympics Matt Duchene NHL Team Austria Team Canada

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