First place will be on the line in group A in women's hockey on Wednesday at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, as team Canada will face team United States (CBC, 5:30 a.m.).
The Canadians lost four consecutive games to the United States leading up to the Olympic Winter Games, and there is no question that the Canadians will experience their biggest test in Sochi to date. One area where Canada has played well in their first two games against Switzerland and Finland is their defensive zone coverage. Jayna Hefford meanwhile is showing no signs of slowing down at the age of 36. She was Canada's best forward in their 3-0 shutout win over Finland on Monday.
In curling, Canada (1-2) is all of a sudden in a must win situation against Russia in men's play (8:00 a.m., TSN2), who will have the home crowd on their side. Canadian skip Brad Jacobs actually played extremely well in a 7-6 loss to Sweden on Tuesday, but second E.J. Harnden and third Ryan Fry struggled. In women's play Canada (2-0) will face Great Britain (3:00 a.m., TSN), the 2013 women's world curling champions, and Denmark (10:00 p.m., CBC). Jennifer Jones is playing like the dominant skip the world saw in 2008. Her team was excellent in a 9-2 victory over China and a 9-3 victory over Sweden.
In pairs figure skating, there are two Canadian pairs teams who are in contention for a medal, but have work to do. Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ontario and Eric Radford of Toronto sit in fifth place after the short program, while Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ontario and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto, Ontario are in sixth place. The Canadian teams will have to catch the Russian pair of Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov (currently third) and the Chinese pair of Qing Pang and Jian Tong (currently fourth) if they have medal aspirations.
Here are my pre-Olympic predictions for events that will be decided on Wednesday:
Women's alpine skiing downhill (12:00 a.m., CBC)
Normal Hill nordic combined (ski jumping--2:30 a.m., CBC; cross-country skiing--5:30 a.m., TSN2)
Men's 1000m speed skating (7:00 a.m., TSN)
Gold--Shani Davis--United States
Men's Doubles luge (7:00 a.m., TSN)
Gold--Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt--Germany
Silver--Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken--Germany
Bronze-Peter Penz/Georg Fischler--Austria
Pairs Figure Skating (9:00 a.m., TSN)
Gold--Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov--Russia
Silver--Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy--Germany
Bronze--Qing Pang/Jian Tong--China
Women's halfpipe snowboarding (10:30 a.m., Sportsnet)
Gold--Kelly Clark--United States
Silver--Arielle Gold--United States
Bronze--Kaitlyn Farrington--United States