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Jeff Carter joins Crosby, Kunitz in first look at Canada's line combos

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Crosby and Kunitz were matched with Carter on Monday. (Getty Images)
Crosby and Kunitz were matched with Carter on Monday. (Getty Images)

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The answer to the question many wanted to know about Team Canada, who will Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz's linemate be, apparently has been answered: Jeff Carter.

With the NHL players arriving in Sochi on Monday, Canada got together for their first practice in Russia, giving everybody a sneak peek at their line combinations. With the crazy depth the Canadians have it would be hard to go wrong but Carter might be a surprise on their wing.

Crosby being with Kunitz was a guarantee. The biggest reason that Kunitz is on the roster is to play with Crosby, a player he has had so much success with. The choies on their line were deep and eventually Carter received the nod. Some speculation had Carter as being an odd-man out on any of the lines but instead he draws an enviable spot. However he is a pure sniper and imagining his wrist shot being set up by Crosby is intimidating. Plus, he's a right-handed shooter and that should play well with Crosby and Kunitz.

Here are how the lines are looking for the Canadians after their practice. A reminder: Canada is pretty stacked.

Any time that you can have a third line that consists of Ryan Getzlaf, John Tavares and Corey Perry, you're probably an OK team.

Canada has a few days left of practice as they don't play their first game of the tournament until Thursday at noon ET against Norway.

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