P.K. Subban will be in the lineup today when Canada takes on Austria. After Canada’s offense appeared to sputter a bit yesterday against Norway, expect an entire nation to rejoice as one of the slickest, fastest puck-moving defensemen draws into the lineup over Dan Hamhuis.
Not disrespect meant to Hamhuis, but Subban is a player that can dramatically shift the outcome of a game with his offensive instincts from the blue line. He’ll get a chance to show head coach Mike Babcock that he deserves to stay in the lineup with a strong performance in all three zones today.
— Antti Mäkinen (@sirmakinen) February 14, 2014
As Canada failed to score a goal through the first period of their contest with Norway, the internet erupted with fans that were irritated that Subban was in street clothes instead of a hockey sweater. Getting him into action for this contest was always Babcock’s plan though, and it appears that the coach is just trying to keep some of his top players rested through a tough opening patch of games.
While other squads are getting a day off between preliminary contests, Canada will play twice in a 24-hour period, making the decision to bring an energetic guy like Subban in out of the stands seem like a no-brainer.