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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 7:55 AM

SOCHI -- It appears the starting goaltending job for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics is now Carey Price's to lose.

The Montreal Canadiens goaltender will get the nod over Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks when Canada plays Finland with first place in Group B on the line at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Sunday (12 p.m. ET, USA, CBC).

This game being Canada's final one before entering the knockout phase of the Olympic tournament, the lineup chosen by coach Mike Babcock and his coaching staff took on greater importance.

Babcock did acknowledge that reality Saturday when speaking to the media on Canada's day off, but he reminded everyone that it is now up to Price to hold on to the job he's been given.

If Sunday's news was good for Price, it was just as bad for his Canadiens teammate P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis. Subban is the reigning Norris Trophy winner and St. Louis won the Art Ross Trophy as the scoring champion last season, but both will be scratched against Finland.

With Subban and St. Louis going to be the scratched skaters, it allows Matt Duchene to play in his second straight Olympic contest after having a solid outing on Friday against Austria.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 2:06 AM

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal when Russia plays Slovakia on Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, USA, SNET) in the teams' Group A preliminary-round finale, according to a team spokesman.

Varlamov started Russia's 2014 Sochi Olympics opener Thursday against Slovenia. The Colorado Avalanche goalie stopped 12 of 14 shots in the 5-2 win.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday. The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender surrendered goals on four of eight U.S. attempts in the breakaway tiebreaker, all to St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

Bobrovsky will back up Varlamov against Slovakia.

Russia could win Group A with a victory against Slovakia, depending on the result of the U.S.-Slovenia game Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN).

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