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Olympic hockey starts Tuesday

  • Blog Post by: Michael Russo
  • February 15, 2010 - 10:10 PM

Coming to you from the Vancouver Media Centre. Just got back from GM, I mean, Canada Hockey Place, where in a row the Russians, Canadians and Americans practiced this afternoon and evening.

Here are your lines:

United States

Zach Parise-Paul Stastny-Patrick Kane

Bobby Ryan-Chris Drury-David Backes

Dustin Brown-Ryan Kesler-Jamie Langenbrunner

Ryan Malone-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel/Ryan Callahan

D pairings

Ryan Suter- Brian Rafalski

Tim Gleason-Erik Johnson

Jack Johnson-Brooks Orpik
 

Ryan Miller in goal; Tim Thomas; Jonathan Quick

Canada

Rick Nash-Sidney Crosby-Patrice Bergeron

Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Dany Heatley

Eric Staal-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry

Mike Richards/Brenden Morrow-Jonathan Toews-Jarome Iginla

D pairings

Chris Pronger-Boyle

Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook

Scott Niedermayer-Shea Weber

Drew Doughty

Roberto Luongo vs. Norway; Martin Brodeur vs. Switzerland; Marc-Andre Fleury

Russia

They'll go by five-man units

Alex Ovechkin-Pavel Datsyuk-Alexander Semin-Denis Grebeshkov-Konstantin Korneev

lya Kovalchuk-Evegni Malkin-Maxim Afinogenov-Fedor Tyutin-Sergei Gonchar

Sergei Fedorov-Viktor Kozlov-Alex Radulov-Dmitry Kalinin-Anton Volchenkov

Danis Zaripov-Segey Zinovyev-Alexey Morozov-Andrei Markov-Ilya Nikulin

Evgeni Nabokov, Ilya Bryzgalov, Semen Varlamov in goal

Finns are practicing now. Czechs, I talked with Marty Havlat for a story for Tuesday's paper, and he's skating with good friend Patrik Elias (his World Cup linemate) and Tomas Plekanec.

Lots of excitement down at GM Place. Great setup for the media. Thousands of dollars were thrown out the tubes. Entire lower bowl one side center ice is a press box now, with a press work area right behind the stands as well.

So we'll be comfortable

U.S.-Swiss at 2 CT; Canada-Norway at 6:30 CT; Russia-Latvia at 11 p.m. your time.

If you want real-time updates, Twitter is the place to be at www.twitter.com/russostrib.

Great stuff today from Canada, Russia and US that you'll be reading about all week. Erik Johnson, from Bloomington, was real good today, and I'll be writing him up in the next few days. I wish that kid played for the Wild. Just a good guy, good quote. Brian Burke had some interesting stuff to say today about Bobby Ryan, crediting Chuck Fletcher for Anaheim's decision to draft the star.

Lots of other good stuff you can read in the paper and throughout the tourney. Can't wait for the puck to drop.

Talk to you Tuesday.

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