College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
For many Canadians the Olympics doesn’t begin until the first puck drops for their men’s team. If that’s the case, tonight officially marks the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Winter games as it’s Canada versus Norway at Canada Hockey Place arena. For Norway this will be the first time they’ve played in the Olympics since 1994 the year they hosted the games (Lillihammer). Canada has played this team three times and they’ve won all three times with a combined score of 29-3. Norway has no players that are in the NHL, while the Canadian team is made up of the who’s who in the league. Although Scott Niedermayer will wear the C for the team, Sidney Crosby is the leader of this squad. Already this season Crosby has set a career high in goals and is tied with Alexander Ovechkin for the league lead (42). He’ll centre the top line flanked by Patrice Bergeron and either Rick Nash or Eric Stall. Quite possibly the biggest surprise already for the team is the health of forward Ryan Getzlaf. It looked certain that Getzlaf would miss at least a part if not all of the Olympics with a high ankle sprain, but he has fully recovered. In his last game before the break Getzlaf had a four point night to let the world know he was ready to go for his country. Head coach Mike Babcock has given Roberto Luongo the start tonight between the pipes. Martin Brodeur will start on Thursday against the Swiss and however plays best gets the nod on Sunday versus, what should be there first true test, Team USA.