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2014 Winter Olympics: Wednesday's Men's Ice Hockey Viewing Guide

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The men's tournament starts today with the Czech Republic versus Sweden and Latvia versus Switzerland, but the real event is the women's first-round game between Canada and the United States.

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The time has come.

The Olympic men's ice hockey tournament officially kicks off today with a pair of games - the Czech Republic versus Sweden and Latvia versus Switzerland. It's more of an appetizer than a main course for the real fun that is to come since there are just two games, but at least that Sweden-Czech Republic match will be a good one.

During the tournament, we'll be running these viewing guides every evening to help DBD readers locate the games on television as well as know the upcoming schedule and any fun tidbits. If I'm at the controls, I'll even throw in some bonus recommendations for all your Winter Olympics fun.

For instance, today (or late tonight, depending on your time zone) is the ladies downhill and the men's 1000 meters in long-track speed skating. If you're looking for a little more, well, niche to the Winter Olympics, there's always men's nordic combined, where the crazy athletes go ski jumping then, because that's not nearly enough on its own, go for a cross-country race with a staggered start based on those ski jumping results.

I'm not sure if fun is the word I would use for that, but it's certainly a trip.

Of course, the main event today is the women's preliminary round hockey game between Canada and the United States. The game doesn't really mean much in terms of the standings - both are guaranteed to go through and own the top two seeds after their work earlier in the tournament - but the US versus Canada grudge match is just too excellent to resist.

If you're looking for that game, it's on NBCSN with a scheduled broadcast start of 6 a.m. central. The full men's hockey schedule for Wednesday is below:

Game Time (CST) Channel
Czech Republic vs. Sweden 11 a.m. USA
Latvia vs. Switzerland 11 a.m. MSNBC