VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 16: Goalie Roberto Luongo of Canada tends goal against Norway during the ice hockey men's preliminary game on day 5 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 16, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Brodeur Benched: Roberto Luongo To Start In Goal For Canada Against Germany

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Team Canada Coach Mike Babcock Makes Line Changes For Tonight's Game

Canadian coach Mike Babcock didn’t stop after announcing Roberto Luongo as the starting goaltender versus Germany. He took Rick Nash away from Sidney Crosby’s line which also includes Jarome Iginla and plugged him in alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Eric Staal will take Nash’s spot on Crosby’s line. The defense remains unaltered, but Babcock may tinker with the top pairings consisting of Chris Pronger and Dan Boyle, Scott Niedermayer and Shea Weber.

Babcock is using this match with the Germans as a tool for discovering his best options because there won’t be time for second-guessing tomorrow against the Russians if Canada advances.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker.

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Report: Robert Luongo To Start For Canada Against Germany

According to Greg Wyshynski over at Yahoo! Sports' Olympic blog, Fourth Place Medal, the Canadians will start Roberto Luongo in net on Tuesday against the Germans.

Martin Brodeur minded the net in Canada's 3-2 shooutout win over Switzerland, and was also the goalie in Sunday night's 5-3 loss to the U.S. team, a loss during which he looked unusually shaky.

Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks goalie, started Canada's first game of the Olympics, an 8-0 win over Norway.

Coach Mike Babcock's strategy was to give Luongo an early game to acclimate him to playing on his home ice, in front of rabid fans. The move allowed Canada to come back to him knowing he'd already experienced the fervor in Hockey Place, if not the pressure of an elimination game. The Germany game is another primer, preceding a quarterfinal slugfest with Russia.

No word on who would start against Russia in the quarterfinals, should Canada advance past Germany.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker.

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