Jan 7, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (2) during the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 5-4 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks' Dan Hamhuis Likely Sits on Friday for Canada


Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis will “likely” be the healthy scratch on defence when Team Canada faces off Friday morning against Austria at 9 a.m. PST, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Hamhuis dressed as the team’s seventh defenceman against Norway. He played 9:52 (the least among defencemen) and was a plus-one with two shots on goal.

Head coach Mike Babcock made it known prior to the game that both Matt Duchene and P.K. Subban, who were scratches in the first game, would play Friday.

It is not known which forward will come out, but McKenzie believes there are four-to-five candidates.

We do know Roberto Luongo will get the start in goal for Canada and his backup will be Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.

Smith is Canada’s third-string goaltender, but he needs to dress in a game in order to receive a medal should Canada win one.

In 2010, Marc-Andre Fleury dressed in Canada’s second game against Germany as backup to Martin Brodeur. It was Brodeur and Luongo the rest of the tournament.

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