Top five things to watch for in Sochi on Friday

Patrick Chan will attempt to win Canada's first ever gold medal in men's figure skating Friday....

Patrick Chan will attempt to win Canada's first ever gold medal in men's figure skating Friday. (LUCY NICHOLSON/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

Five things to watch for at the Sochi Olympics on Friday:

CANADA VS. AUSTRIA

The Canadian men's hockey team is back on the ice at noon (Eastern time) Friday against Austria. Roberto Luongo will be in net, with Carey Price in the pressbox while Mike Smith dresses as backup. P.K. Subban will play, too, in place of Dan Hamhuis.

MORE MEN'S HOCKEY

It's heaven for hockey fans for the next week, including three more games in addition to Canada's on Friday: Sweden vs. Switzerland (7:30 a.m. Eastern) and Norway vs. Finland (noon Eastern). The Czechs also played Latvia Friday, beating them 4-2. The pesky Americans are back on the ice Saturday in a marquee showdown with Russia.

CAN CHAN?

Patrick Chan heads into the men's figure skating free skate at 10 a.m. EST Friday gunning for Canada's first-ever Olympic gold in the event. But he's in tough against Japanese sensation Yuzuru Hanyu, whose 101.45 score marks the first time anyone has broken the 100-point barrier in international competition.

SKELETON

Women's skeleton continues Friday, but Canadian medal hopeful Mellisa Hollingsworth is no longer in contention. After the first two of four heats, Hollingsworth, who won bronze in Turin but disappointed in Vancouver, sits in 16th. Fellow Canadian Sarah Reid is in 8th spot.

SKI JUMPING

The men's ski jumping qualification round starts at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time) with no high-profile medal contenders but two Canadians competing: Matthew Rowley and Trevor Morrice.


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