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Subban, Duchene, Smith sitting out Canada's opening game

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2/13/2014 4:12:19 AM
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Canadian Olympic men's hockey coach Mike Babcock announced early Thursday that P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene will be the two skaters sitting out the team's opening game.

As well, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes is the third goalie, meaning he won't be in uniform for the game against Norway at 12 p.m. ET.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens gets the call in net, with Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks the backup netminder.

Montreal defenceman Subban was the Norris Trophy winner as top defenceman in the league last season, but reportedly was passed over for Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks.

The absence of Duchene, of the Colorado Avalanche, means that Martin St. Louis draws in among the group of forwards. St. Louis, a member of the 2006 Olympic squad, was just added to the team last week as an injury replacement for Tampa Bay Lightning teammate Steven Stamkos.

P.K. Subban (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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