P.K. Subban will not be in the lineup today when Canada takes on Finland. He spent the first game of the preliminary round in street clothes and played sparingly in Canada’s second contest, so the move isn’t all that shocking. The Canadians got all the offense that they were looking for against Austria, so there’s a bit less panic to get the puck up ice for this contest.
Canada to go with Carey Price in net against the Finns. No surprise there. Hamhuis and Sharp will replace Subban and St. Louis.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) February 16, 2014
Dan Hamhuis gives Canadian head coach Mike Babcock a more defensive-minded presence on the blue line, and that’s clearly something that he values.
Canada has the fire power to produce through limited chances, so right now it seems like Babcock wants to see his team play strong in the neutral and defensive zones while being patient on offense. While Subban isn’t a slouch in his own end, his high-risk style doesn’t fit in with what Canada is trying to do against Finland.
This will be an interesting matchup because the Finns have been scoring the way that Canada was supposed to heading into the tournament. Will Finland hit a wall of defense, lead by the likes of Shea Weber and Duncan Keith? Regardless, Finland won’t have to worry about Subban sneaking up into the play—at least not in this game.
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