Carey Price will be in between the pipes for Team Canada when the team takes on Finland as the team gives Roberto Luongo break.
Team Canada is playing its second game in as many days when they take on Finland at 12 pm on Sunday. The game will determine the winner of the group.
When the Olympic schedule was first released, many expected Luongo and Carey Price to split the games.
Price will not be the only odd man out for Canada. Coach Mike Babcock adjusted his lineup, with Tampa Bay Lightning winger Martin St. Louis sitting as a healthy scratch.
Babcock has been doing a lot of line changes on the fly, with only one line from Friday’s win over Austrai still intact — Jonathan Toews between Jeff Carter and Patrick Marleau.
Sidney Crosby is now playing with Patrice Bergeron and Jamie Benn, and Matt Duchene is scheduled to start with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The fourth line will have John Tavares, Rick Nash, Chris Kunitz and Sharp together.
Babcock said he will do whatever it takes to win.
“It’s all about the medal. Don’t get me wrong, it’s personal, when you tell a guy (he’s not playing), it’s personal. But it’s not about that, it’s about Canada. What I do know about this tournament, when you win at the end you made the right decisions, if you don’t, you get second-guessed.”
But Babcock is also giving his players plenty of rest. After playing two games in 48 hours, with another one the way a day later, the Canadian coach gave his players the day off on Saturday. Babcock even said that “coaches are not allowed to talk to players besides saying ‘hi’ to them.”
Fans who want to watch Carey Price start between the pipes can watch Team Canada vs. Finland hockey live online at NBC by clicking here. For Canadian viewers, the game can be viewed live online through the CBC website.