With Canada and USA both taking part in the first practice of the 2014 Olympics on Monday, it was stated not to read too much into line combinations as both coaches worked to find the right chemistry for their teams. The sentiment held true for the Americans, as coach Dan Bylsma shook things up a bit on Tuesday.
Line combinations out of Sochi for Tuesday's practice for the USA showed a bit of a different look, aside from the top line:
James Van Riemsdyk - Joe Pavelski- Phil Kessel
Zach Parise - David Backes - Ryan Callahan
Max Pacioretty - Ryan Kesler- Patrick Kane
Dustin Brown - Paul Statsny - TJ Oshie
Ryan Suter - Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Cam Fowler- Justin Faulk
Byslma stated during the team's press conference on Tuesday he feels that Team USA has one of the harder lineups to play against with a heavy presence up front, and he worked to find a better balance in his combinations while keeping the Joe Pavelski top line together for the second day in a row.
For Team Canada, the combinations that were seen on Monday held true on Tuesday despite what coach Mike Babcock had stated about not reading too much into the first practice. Canada has one more practice day before Thursday's game against Norway, when it's expected that Babcock will have his final plan in place for that first game.
Line combinations for Canada on Tuesday:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Jeff Carter
Patrick Marleau - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Rick Nash
Jamie Benn - John Tavares - Patrice Bergeron
Duncan Keith - Shea Weber
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Drew Doughty
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Dan Hamhuis - P.K. Subban
Finally, there's this piece of interesting information regarding goaltender equipment. The NHL required all goalies to size down their pads prior to the 2013-14 season, with the theory that doing so would increase scoring and take away an unfair advantage from goaltenders.
Goalies were given the option of going back to longer pads at Olympics. All three US and Canadian goalies declined.— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) February 11, 2014