SOCHI, Russia – As Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said earlier in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament: “When you win at the end you made the right decisions, if you don’t, you get second-guessed.”
On Wednesday, ahead of Canada’s Olympic quarterfinal game against Latvia, Babcock made his roster decision: Matt Duchene, who was one of the team’s better forwards in their win over Finland, sits; Marty St. Louis returns to the lineup for the Canadians.
It’s a curious move, given Duchene’s effectiveness last game, playing 19:38 although he didn’t score. St. Louis and Duchene both are looking for their first point in the tournament, both having played two games.
But with Duchene and P.K. Subban both scratched for the quarterfinal, maybe it’s a veteran call.
St. Louis will rotate in on the fourth line. Canada will roll Chris Kunitz and Patrice Bergeron with Sidney Crosby on the top line and Jamie Benn and Corey Perry with Ryan Getzlaf on their second line.