Canadian men's hockey team feels good about defence at Olympics

Canadian defenceman Drew Doughty (Al Charest, QMI Agency)

Canadian defenceman Drew Doughty (Al Charest, QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:03 PM ET

While Team Canada’s forward groups remain written in pencil heading into the quarterfinals of the men’s Olympic hockey tournament Wednesday, the defensive pairs have been carved in stone.

The usual Olympic carousel among the forwards has been spinning — captain Sidney Crosby will start Wednesday’s quarterfinal with his fourth different set of wingers in four games — but the defensive pairs will be the same since the Canadians got off the plane here.

That’s Duncan Keith with Shea Weber, Alex Pietrangelo with Jay Bouwmeester and Marc-Edouard Vlasic skating alongside Drew Doughty.

Dan Hamuis and P.K. Subban have dressed for two and one game, respectively, as the seventh defenceman and Team Canada coach Mike Babcock has made it clear they shouldn’t expect to see much ice as the tournament gets down to the final eight.

He was asked if the fact Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester play together with the St. Louis Blues was a factor in their fine play so far.


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