Giroux, Muzzin, Crawford to suit up for Canada against Europe at World Cup
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TORONTO — Forward Claude Giroux, defenceman Jake Muzzin and goaltender Corey Crawford will be added to Canada's lineup tonight in its game against Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.
The trio will replace Ryan Getzlaf, Shea Weber and Carey Price. Braden Holtby will serve as Crawford's backup. Head coach Mike Babcock said Getzlaf, Weber and Price will all be available when Canada plays in the semifinals this weekend.
Weber sat out Canada's final practice before the start of the tournament for maintenance.
Giroux, Muzzin and Holtby were all scratched in Canada's first two preliminary round games, wins over the Czech Republic and United States.
Babcock didn't reveal where Giroux and Muzzin would fit in the lineup. Getzlaf has been paired up with John Tavares and Steven Stamkos, while Weber lined up alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
It's likely Babcock pairs together NHL teammates on defence as he did when Weber sat out practice. In that scenario Muzzin would join Kings teammate Drew Doughty and Vlasic would join Sharks teammate Brent Burns. The Blues duo of Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo would round out the third pair.
Babcock said he opted for Crawford, a two-time Stanley Cup winner for the Chicago Blackhawks, in the No. 2 spot behind Carey Price for his hearty experience before adding a key qualifier: "Anybody could start for us — they're all really good goaltenders."
A win against the Europeans would clinch first place in the division.