Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the start in Canada’s first game of the preliminary round against Norway (Thursday, 9 a.m. PST), while Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will get the nod in the second game against Austria (Friday, 9 a.m. PST).
Price tomorrow, Loungo Game 2
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 12, 2014
Which goaltender starting in the first game is hardly an indication of what will happen in the playoff round of the tournament.
Curtis Joseph started in Canada’s first game against Sweden in 2002 and led the team to a 5-2 win. Martin Brodeur started the next game against Germany and assumed the starting duties for the rest of the tournament.
Canada alternated between Brodeur and Luongo throughout the preliminary round in 2006. Brodeur started Canada’s only game of the playoff round, a qualifying game against the Russians, and lost 2-0—sending Canada home without a medal.
In 2010, Luongo started the first game against Norway and posted a 8-0 shutout win. Canada turned to Brodeur for the next two games against Switzerland (won 3-2 in shootout) and the United States (lost 5-3), but went back to Luongo in the qualification game against Germany. The rest they say is history.
It will be interesting to see how the goaltending situation plays out.