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Babcock looks at lines, pairings at Team Canada practice

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TSN.ca Staff
2/10/2014 1:28:09 PM
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The Canadian men's Olympic hockey team practised for the first time in Sochi on Monday, providing a look into the potential makeup of the lineup for Thursday's tournament opener against Norway.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, the coaching staff admitted the likelihood of tinkering with the lines used in practice over the next two days, particularly the fourth unit.

Here are the practice lines with extra players in parenthesis:

FORWARDS

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Jeff Carter
Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Rick Nash
Patrick Marleau - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Jamie Benn - John Tavares - Patrice Bergeron
(Martin St. Louis, Matt Duchene)

DEFENCE

Duncan Keith - Shea Weber
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Drew Doughty
(P.K. Subban, Dan Hamhuis)

LeBrun added that John Tavares skated with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but that Patrick Marleau would likely slot in on the wing with the Anaheim Ducks' tandem.

In that circumstance, the plan would be for Tavares to centre the fourth line with Jamie Benn on the left wing and Patrice Bergeron on the right.

TSN's Ryan Rishaug tweeted that Tavares said he "played the wing for 95 per cent of the lockout while in Bern (Switzerland)." He also said head coach Mike Babcock, "approached him in the summer about possibility of doing so."

Sidney Crosby and Roberto Luongo (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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