Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Russia's men's hockey team has decided to go with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes for Saturday's matchup with the United States at the Sochi Olympics.

Bobrovsky will be making his first career start at the Olympics, replacing netminder Semyon Varlamov, who got the start in Thursday's opener and allowed two goals on 14 shots in a 5-2 win over Slovenia.

Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner for the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, is 20-14-3 over 37 games for the Blue Jackets this season.

The United States and Russia are both 1-0 in Group A play heading into Saturday's showdown.