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Top five things to watch for in Sochi on Thursday 0

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Russia's Nikolai Kulemin is chased into the corner by Slovenia's Ziga Pavlin during their men's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 13, 2014. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

Russia's Nikolai Kulemin is chased into the corner by Slovenia's Ziga Pavlin during their men's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 13, 2014. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

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Five things to watch in Sochi on Thursday.

CANADIAN HOCKEY

The glamour event of the Games really heats up Thursday with four games -- including Canada against Norway. The Canadians are scratching P.K. Subban and Matt Duchene in the tournament opener. The Russians play Slovenia (7:30 a.m. EST) and Slovakia plays the U.S. (7:30 a.m. EST).

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The tournament continues with two games Thursday, Japan vs. Germany and Sweden vs. Russia at noon EST. The event's two heavyweights, Canada and the U.S., are off until Monday after having earned berths in the semifinals.

CAN CHAN?

Can Patrick Chan make history at the Sochi Games? If he succeeds in men's singles figure skating, he'll become the first Canadian to ever win gold in the event at the Olympics. While 14 men have won the world figure skating championship over the years, none has won Olympic gold. Chan's event starts at 10 a.m. EST.

MEN’S CURLING

The Canadian men's curling team on Thursday moved to a winning record for the first time in Sochi. After a rough start, the squad is 3-2 after beating Denmark 7-6. They next play Friday against Norway, at midnight.

LUGE

Canada has a shot at its first-ever Olympic luge medal in the team relay (11:15 a.m. EST). The team of Alex Gough, Samuel Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Smith were ranked second in the world heading into Sochi.

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