Winter Olympics: P.K. Subban, Matt Duchene scratched for Canada's opener against Norway

Richard Wolowicz

P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene will not be in the lineup when Canada opens the men's hockey tournament against Norway on Thursday.

SB Nation 2014 Winter Olympic Coverage

Once the goalie situation was settled for Canada's Olympic opener against Norway on Thursday (Carey Price is getting the start) the only question that remained was which skaters would be the odd men out when it came to being the healthy scratches.

Now we know.

For Thursday's opener it's going to be Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, the NHL's reigning Norris Trophy winner, and Colorado Avalanche star forward Matt Duchene.

Third goalie Mike Smith will also be scratched.

Subban and Duchene are expected to be in the lineup on Friday when Canada takes on Austria.

Still, the big name here is Subban. Sure, it's a testament to the embarrassment of riches Canada has in terms of talent and how deep the roster is when your extra defenseman, even if it's for just one game, was voted the best all-around defenseman in the league just last season. But it's also somewhat of an odd move. For all of the talk there is about the big ice surface and the style of hockey that is played on it, Subban's skill seems like it would be made for that type of game.

Especially when you're sitting him in favor of players like Jay Bouwmeester and Dan Hamhuis.

There is nothing wrong with Bouwmeester and Hamhuis, of course … other than the fact that they're not P.K. Subban or the reigning Norris Trophy winners.

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