Feb 14, 2014 10:00 AM by Greg Smith
Matt Duchene will have to wait one more day before he can make his Olympic debut.
The Avalanche center was a healthy scratch for Canada's game Thursday against Norway after coach Mike Babcock was faced with the tough decision on which two of his talented players had to sit. Teams are allowed to dress 20 skaters and two goalies on their 25-man Olympic rosters.
However, Duchene won't have to wait too much longer to take the ice with his teammates as he's expected to be in the lineup Friday for Canada's second preliminary game against Austria at 10 a.m. MT (USA Network, CBC).
Duchene, who leads the Avs in scoring with 50 points (19 goals and 31 assists) this season, was in good company on Team Canada's healthy scratch list as he was joined by reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban (Montreal) and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, who leads the NHL this season in games played (49), shots against (1,500) and saves (1,369).
Canada defeated Norway 3-1 at Bolshoy Ice Dome with Shea Weber (Predators), Jamie Benn (Stars) and Drew Doughty (Kings) scoring for the Canadians.
Team Canada had a 2-0 lead after two periods, but Norway scored 22 seconds into the final frame to cut its deficit to one. Unfortunately for the Norwegians, any hopes of tying the game were dashed 1:25 later as Doughty made a nice move through the slot and scored on a shot that beat goalie Lars Haugen over the shoulder.
Avalanche prospect Jonas Holos is an alternate captain for Norway and finished with 24:10 of ice time, second most among all players in the game.