Team Canada shakes up lines at day two of Sochi practice
Team Canada coach Mike Babcock threw his lines into the blender on the second day of practice in an attempt to find chemistry before Thursday's Olympic opener against Norway.
Reports from on-scene indicate that Canada's four defensive pairings remained the same as on Monday: Duncan Keith and Shea Weber; Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Drew Doughty; Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo; with P.K. Subban and Dan Hamhuis as the extras.
Maybe the biggest surprise of the day was the use of Patrick Sharp on the point during power play drills alongside Keith. Sharp is no stranger to the role, routinely manning the point for the Blackhawks. But given the talent on hand, it's a fairly conservative choice.
Of course, Babcock is likely to continue tinkering through the preliminary round, so players like Subban and Weber could see action on the first PP unit before long.There's still no indication about which way Babcock is leaning in choosing between goalies Carey Price and Roberto Luongo.