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

Both Team USA and Team Canada have their first matches of the tournament, and expectations are pretty high for both clubs.

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The 1-0 victory of Switzerland over Latvia, with the game winning goal scored within a minute of both teams earning a point in the competition in overtime, was thrilling hockey to kick off men's hockey at the Winter Olympics. So, too, was the Czechs scrapping back to push the issue with Sweden, with the Swedes the ultimate victors in a convincing 4-2 win. Not wholly unexpected results for Group C play.

Today promises even more excitement.

The gold-medal favorites Canada, USA, and Russia will start play today in their respective groups. Here's the lowdown on the matchups, time, and network you can catch these games (note, channels are for the US only, and these are original air times. Like you're going to avoid the Internet all day to not give you spoilers!)

Team Time Channel
Slovakia v USA 6:30 AM CST NBCSN
Slovenia v Russia 6:30 AM CST MSNBC
Austria v Finland 2:00 AM CST NBCSN
Norway v Canada 11:00 AM CST USA

In non-hockey Olympic activities, there's a few that you might be interested in catching (since we're all going to be up in the wee morning hours anyway on the open thread, right?)

Both Canadian curling teams will play tomorrow, as well as the US women's curling team. Among medal games tomorrow: men's slopestyle, women's 500 meter short track, women's 1000 meter speed skate, luge team relay, men's 20 kilometer individual biathlon, and women's 10 kilometer freestyle cross-country. Figure skating and the first heats of the women's skeleton also feature on tomorrow's jampacked day of Olympic action.