In their final game of the round robin tournament, Canada faces off against Finland for the top spot in Group B. If Canada wins, they receive the top seed overall in the elimination round.
Canada vs. Finland (Group B)
Game time: 12 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. Sochi time
TV: USA Network (USA), CBC (Canada)
Streaming: NBCOlympics.com (USA), Olympics.CBC.ca (Canada)
After a second straight game of Chris Kunitz giving Sidney Crosby nothing to work with, Jamie Benn and Patrice Bergeron have been moved to the top line to play with Crosby. Oddly enough though, Kunitz remains in the lineup over last season's Art Ross trophy winner, Martin St. Louis.
St. Louis out means that Matt Duchene remains in the lineup, which is a good thing after he generated a ton of offense with his speed against Austria. It also means that Patrick Sharp is back in the lineup after being out against Austria, but you have to figure that eventually the decision should be made to scratch Chris Kunitz and keep all of St. Louis, Duchene, and Sharp in the lineup.
Also back in for Canada is Dan Hamhuis, who played a respectable -- if a bit invisible -- game against Norway. Unfortunately for Canada, that means P.K. Subban is back in the press box, apparently due to Mike Babcock being displeased with his defensive play, at least according to Gary Lawless. The irony is that the two instances in which Subban was criticized for he was actually bailing out Jeff Carter and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and did so extremely well as you can see in the breakdowns of the plays here and here.
Canada has decided to go with Carey Price in the net against Finland, which means that he was the plan going into the tournament after neither goalie faltered in the first two games against subpar opponents. Roberto Luongo will be there to back up Price should anything go wrong.
For Finland, there has been no shortage of bad news. Four of their top five centers going into February are not playing due to injury, including; Koivus saying no to Finland, Filppula getting hurt at the last minute, and Aleksander Barkov suffering a knee injury in Finland's last game. This means that Finland's only NHL-level center is Olli Jokinen, who isn't exactly who you want as your top guy.
In goal, Finland is going back to Tuukka Rask after he had a rough game against Austria, making the surprise move to scratch Kari Lehtonen entirely after his win over Norway, with Antti Niemi on the bench backing Rask up.