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Today at the Olympics: A rematch between USA and Canada, Tuukka scratched for Finland, Shiffrin gets her shot at slalom

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 21, 2014 07:28 AM

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Each day throughout the Winter Olympics, we'll bring you a daily rundown on what to expect and a look at key story lines in Sochi.

What to watch today, Friday, Feb. 21

While you were sleeping (spoilers):

It hasnít been a particularly busy day in Sochi thus far, with the dayís main events to come later on.

Canada took the top two spots in womenís ski cross Friday, with Marielle Thompson winning gold and Kelsey Serwa taking silver. Swedenís Anna Holmund ended up with the bronze. The event will be replayed on NBC Friday afternoon (3 p.m.)

In menís curling, Sweden knocked off China to win the bronze medal game. Canada and Great Britain will face off in the gold medal game at 8:30 a.m. (it can be seen on tape delay at 5 p.m. on CNBC).

Medal watch:

Fridayís main event comes at noon when the US and Canadian menís hockey teams square off in a rematch of Vancouverís gold medal game in 2010 (Noon, NBC Sports Network, replayed at 5 p.m.). The US is looking for its first gold medal since 1980, and will find itself in the gold medal game for the second straight Olympics with a win.

The winter of US-Canada will play the winner of Sweden-Finland (7 a.m., MBCSN, replayed at 3 p.m.) in the final game of the tournament on Sunday. The losers will match up in the bronze medal game Saturday morning. Finland goalie Tuukka Rask was a late scratch Friday morning after coming down with the flu.

In womenís skiing, Burke Mountain Academy product Mikaela Shiffrin looks to show her stuff in the slalom, her best event. The 18-year-old placed fifth in the giant slalom earlier this week, and is considered the favorite in the slalom (NBC primetime).

In biathlon, the womenís 4x6 relay will take place later Friday (9:30 a.m., NBCSN). Medals will also be handed out in a trio of short track speed skating disciplines, including the menís 500 meter, womenís 1,000 meter, and menís 5,000 meter relay (NBC primetime).

Tweets from the athletes:

US womenís hockey team member Hilary Knight after Team USAís back-breaking defeat to Canada in the gold medal game on Thursday:

US center David Backes looking to bring home some furry friends in advance of his teamís showdown with Canada:

US figure skater Polina Edmunds:

Halfpipe gold medalist Maddie Bowman waiting for her Friday spot on the Today show:

Photo of the day:

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