Carey Price gets Canada start, Chris Kunitz gets dropped from Crosby line

Greg Wyshynski
Carey Price
Canada's goalkeeper Carey Price stands in front of his net during the Men's Ice Hockey Group B match between Canada and Norway at the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. AFP PHOTO POOL/ JULIO CORTEZ (Photo credit should read JULIO CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

SOCHI Russia – Carey Price was given the start against Finland in Team Canada’s final game of the preliminary round. He might not recognize the lines in front of him.

Coach Mike Babcock dropped Chris Kunitz to a line with John Tavares and Rick Nash at practice. Now playing with Sidney Crosby: Jamie Benn and Patrice Bergeron.

“I think Kunitz did real good where he was,” said Babcock. “But to me this wasn't about Kunitz, it was just about our overall team and just trying to find things that work."

He said that both Nash and Kunitz could see time with Crosby against the Finns.

Other Canada lines: Jonathan Toews skates with Patrick Marleau and Jeff Carter, off his hat trick against Austria. Matt Duchene skates on the wing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Martin St. Louis will be a healthy scratch, as Patrick Sharp returns as the team’s extra forward.

Price takes over the crease from Roberto Luongo, who pitched a shutout against Austria. Price won Canada’s first game, although his flub of the puck led to a goal from Norway in the 3-1 victory.

Could we see Luongo in the next round if Price struggles against the Finns or if Canada somehow loses this one?

Ask Marty Brodeur about the importance of the last game of prelims …