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Canada defenceman Shea Weber, center, celebrates with forward Sidney Crosby, left, and forward Patrice Bergeron after scoring a goal against Norway.

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Canada defenceman Shea Weber, center, celebrates with forward Sidney Crosby, left, and forward Patrice Bergeron after scoring a goal against Norway.

SOCHI, Russia - Team Canada will make some lineup adjustments for its game today against Austria with the big surprise being Patrick Sharp as a scratch.

Martin St. Louis was the last player named to this team as a replacement for the injured Steven Stamkos and he was used as the 13th forward in Canada’s 3-1 win over Norway on Wednesday but he creeped over 10 minutes icetime and saw action on the power play.

The early thinking was St. Louis would sit out the second game of the tournament to make way for Matt Duchene but head coach Mike Babcock made his changes known early today and it’s Sharp sitting for Duchene. Also in is reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban and making way for him is Dan Hamhuis.

Roberto Luongo will start in goal and Mike Smith will back up. Game 1 winner Carey Price gets the day off.

Team Canada captain said after Wednesday’s game his group must continue to make adjustments but doesn’t think the international-sized ice surface is something for his team to fret about.

"I don’t think it’s a disadvantage, I think there’s things you definitely have to adjust (to)," said Crosby. "I think we have a lot of speed, so we can use that to our advantage. But definitely teams that are more familiar defending you’ve got to make sure that you’re prepared and I think we are. We’ll have to make little adjustments as we would in any other tournament."

Crosby was nonplussed about the 3-1 score in the opener, when asked if it was disappointing Canada didn’t win by a larger margin.

"What am I going to say? I mean you can watch the game and everyone’s going to have their own opinion. I thought we generated a lot of good chances, I thought we could’ve had more goals," he said. "I thought their goalie did some good things. But they play good as a team, and every team here is here for a reason. There’s a lot of good teams here and we respect them and we don’t expect games like that. If they happen, great. But we know we have to earn every bit of ice as we would against any other team here. There might be things that are said like that, but we’re working on making sure that we’re playing the right way and getting better and I thought we did a good job of that."

Sweden, already missing Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen, was dealt a blow on Friday when they officially announced captain Henrik Zetterberg is done for the tournament.

Zetterberg has a herniated disc in his back and has been given a course of inflammatory medication and will return to Detroit if and when his swelling recedes.

 

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Updated on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6:27 AM CST: Replaces photo

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