Wickenheiser left in the second period of Tuesday’s game against the United States and didn’t return. Ouellette finished the game, which Canada won 3-2 in a shootout, and didn’t appear to be hurting when she met the media after the game.
“We’ll see once we get to the rink and close to the game whether it is a possibility [whether the veterans will play]," said Canada coach Dan Church said.
Wickenheiser tweaked her knee in a club team competition last week and Church said her current injury is unrelated to her previous injury.
“It is not something that is completely debilitating and we will see how she is feeling and how she reacts to the treatment today,’’ said Church.
Should the veterans be unable to play, that will force Church into being creative with his line combinations.
“If both can’t play, maybe the odd defence gets a shift at forward tonight," said Church. "We have seven of them available and that will be a bit of an adjustment on the fly as we go.”
Wickenheiser is the team captain and is playing in her 12th world tournament, while Ouellette is appearing in her 11th.