Canada to re-insert Hamhuis, Sharp against Finns


Dan Hamhuis and Patrick Sharp will draw back in the Canadian lineup on Sunday, but it’s unclear who they’ll replace.

Canadian head coach Mike Babcock confirmed the move following Friday’s 6-0 win over Austria. Both Hamhuis and Sharp played in the tournament opener against Norway, but were dropped from the second game in favor of P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene.

Duchene — at 23, the youngest player on the Canadian team — acquitted himself well against Austria, finishing plus-1 with four shots on goal in 14:28 TOI. He received some power play time and looked good skating with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.

Subban didn’t play much (11:14, least among the Canadian blueliners) and, following the game, received this review from Babcock:

Canada could drop Subban and Duchene from the lineup again, though there are other candidates to be scratched. Up front, Chris Kunitz hasn’t produced — no points and just three shots on goal through two games — and Jeff Carter, who scored a hat-trick against Austria, received a game-low 8:46 ice time on Friday.

On defense, Alex Pietrangelo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were the next two lowest in ice time after Subban against the Austrians.