Canada had no choice but to make an adjustment after John Tavares was knocked out of the Olympics due to a knee injury. However, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock chose to keep the alterations to a minimum.
With that in mind, Matt Duchene will draw back into the lineup and take Tavares’ spot as the center of a fourth line that also includes Rick Nash and Patrick Sharp.
“Johnny’s been playing great for us, and hopefully he has a speedy recovery and it’s not too serious,” Duchene told the Canadian Press. “But it’s a big opportunity for myself now, chance to play center, to play where I’m comfortable.”
Beyond that, Babcock didn’t make any alterations to the lines that he used versus Latvia on Wednesday. Canada only managed to score two goals against the Latvians, but they controlled the game, out shooting them 57-16.
With that in mind, here’s what the Americans will likely face on Friday:
Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Patrice Bergeron
Jamie Benn-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Patrick Marleau-Jonathan Toews-Jeff Carter
Patrick Sharp-Matt Duchene-Rick Nash
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.
Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.
“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”
The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.
Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.
It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.
Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.
He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.
Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.
If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.
The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.
The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.