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Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 7:45 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Pacioretty replaces Stepan in U.S. lineup

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will draw back into the United States lineup for its quarterfinal game Wednesday against the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2) at Shayba Arena.

Pacioretty will replace Derek Stepan, who played six shifts totaling 4:59 of ice time in the Americans' final preliminary-round game, against Slovenia on Sunday.

In two games Pacioretty has one assist, a plus-1 rating and five shots on goal while averaging 10:0 of ice time per game.

Jonathan Quick will start in goal with Ryan Miller serving as the backup.

Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 7:06 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Canada's Subban takes scratching in stride

SOCHI -- Goaltender Carey Price hit the ice for Canada's pregame skate Wednesday to prepare for the quarterfinal matchup with Latvia later that night and took his usual spot in front of his net.

His Montreal Canadiens teammate, defenseman P.K. Subban, immediately skated over, grabbed a pile of pucks and offered to warm up Price prior to the skate, diligently shooting pucks first to his glove hand, then his blocker side.

This is the role Subban has been given for Canada. He is there to practice and keep the players who will participate in the games sharp.

Aside from Canada's second game of the tournament, a 6-0 win against Austria, Subban has not been in uniform for any games.

It's not easy for the reigning Norris Trophy-winner, who plays 25 minutes a night for the Canadiens and leads them in scoring with 39 points in 59 games.


Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 5:32 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

St. Louis back in Canada lineup vs. Latvia

SOCHI -- Martin St. Louis has built a career as a high-energy player, a water bug on the ice who keeps his powerful legs moving at all times to overcome his lack of size with his overwhelming will.

A player like that requires a certain degree of rhythm to play his game.

But even though St. Louis will be in the lineup for Canada when it plays Latvia in a 2014 Sochi Olympics quarterfinal Wednesday (noon ET, MSNBC, CBC), the Tampa Bay Lightning captain will have trouble creating that rhythm he so desperately needs to be effective.

"He's just a good, veteran player," Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "The reality is we dress 13 forwards each game. One guy hardly gets on the ice. It's a hard, hard situation for people that play 22 minutes [in the NHL]. That's the way it is. You've got to find a way to help out when you get a chance."


Posted On Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 12:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Varlamov to start in goal for Russia vs. Finland

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal for Russia on Wednesday when it faces Finland (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) in a quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a team spokesman said.

The Colorado Avalanche goaltender has won each of his starts in Sochi. He made 12 saves in a 5-2 victory against Slovenia in Russia's opener, then stopped all 27 shots he faced in regulation and overtime in a 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia in their Group A finale Sunday. Varlamov also stopped Slovakia's two attempts in the tiebreaker.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 11:58 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Czech Republic's Elias out vs. Slovakia

Patrik Elias is sitting out the Czech Republic's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Slovakia (Noon ET, NBCSN, CBC) due to an illness.

Elias also sat out the Czech's preliminary-round finale against Switzerland on Sunday.

In two games Elias has one assist, a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal while averaging 13:18 of ice time per game.

The 37-year-old forward, playing in his fourth Olympics, also is second on the New Jersey Devils in scoring this season with 33 points in 44 games.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 10:12 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Quick to start for U.S. in quarterfinals

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the United States on Wednesday in its quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The United States will face the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2).

Quick of the Los Angeles Kings started the United States' first two games. He allowed three goals on 54 shots in a 7-1 win against Slovakia and a 3-2 shootout victory against Russia.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 9:28 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Canada juggles lines again, Kunitz back with Crosby

SOCHI -- Another day, another set of linemates for Sidney Crosby.

Canada coach Mike Babcock shuffled his deck of forwards again at practice Tuesday, reuniting the Pittsburgh Penguins duo of Chris Kunitz and Crosby on a line with Patrice Bergeron.

Crosby has had different linemates during Canada's three preliminary-round games here at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and it looks like he will again when Canada plays Latvia in the quarterfinals Wednesday (Noon ET, MSNBC, CBC).

"I think you prepared yourself for that when you got selected to the team," Kunitz said Tuesday after practice. "They're going to try to put the best combinations [for] our team … to win. Wherever they put that, now you want to go on the ice and have your best game."

Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 6:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Norway's Zuccarello out with hand injury

Norway's lone NHL player, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, will not play in the team's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Russia (7:30 a.m., NBCSN, CBC) due to a hand injury.

Zuccarello has no points in three games, but is second on the team with 10 shots on goal. He also leads Norway's forwards with an average ice time of 22:25 per game.

The winner of the game between fifth-seeded Russia and No. 12 Norway plays Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 4:47 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Price to start for Canada in quarterfinals

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will start in goal for Canada in its quarterfinal game on Wednesday (12 p.m. ET; MSNBC, CBC).

Coach Mike Babcock confirmed the decision Tuesday.

Canada, which earned a bye into the quarterfinals by winning Group B during preliminary-round play, will face the winner of the qualifying-round game between Switzerland and Latvia.

Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 1:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Bobrovsky to start for Russia vs. Norway

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Russia on Tuesday in a play-in game against Norway (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC), according to a team spokesman.

Bobrovsky, who stopped 31 shots during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday, his first start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, served as backup to Semyon Varlamov in Russia's 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia on Sunday.

This will be Bobrovsky's second start in Sochi. Varlamov also started Russia's opener against Slovenia, a 5-2 win.

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