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Winter Olympics: Carey Price starts opener for Canada, Roberto Luongo gets second game

Carey Price will start the opener for Canada while Roberto Luongo gets the call in the second game.

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It remains to be seen which of its goaltenders Canada views as its No. 1, and the early part of the preliminary round isn't going to give us any answers. At least not yet. That's because coach Mike Babcock is going to use both goalies over the first two games.

Babcock announced on Wednesday that Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is going to get the start on Thursday in the opening game against Norway, while Vancouver's Roberto Luongo will get the start in the second game against Austria on Friday.

Price has been the better goaltender during the regular season -- posting a .925 save percentage in 48 games -- but Luongo has more experience in the Olympics, having started seven games during the 2006 and 2010 tournaments. He ended up replacing Martin Brodeur as the starter during the 2010 Games in Vancouver, appearing in five games and starting the Gold medal game against the United States.

The only other major announcement to come from Babcock on Wednesday is that he plans to dress 13 forwards and seven defesnsemen on Thursday, but he did not announce which players will be sitting. It's expected that one of P.K. Subban or Dan Hamhuis will be the odd man out on the blue line.

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