WATCH LIVE: U.S.-Russia open IPC World Sled Hockey Championship — 8 p.m. ET

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The U.S. sled hockey team’s toughest test of the IPC World Championship may come in its opening game, a rematch of the Sochi Paralympic final against Russia on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Live Extra).

The U.S. captured gold in Sochi via a 1-0 win over host Russia in the final. This year’s U.S. team returns key players from Sochi, including the man who scored the winner over Russia, Josh Sweeney, and goalie Steve Cash.

WATCH LIVE — U.S.-Russia — 8 p.m. ET

The U.S. and Russia are the strongest teams in Group B, which also includes Germany and Italy. The top two teams after group play advance to the semifinals Friday.

This will mark the third time the U.S. hosts the World Championship in eight editions. The U.S. did not win gold on home ice the previous two times in 2000 and 2008, seeing rival Canada prevail.

NBCSN will broadcast up to three U.S. games during Worlds, beginning Wednesday against Italy at 10:30 p.m. ET. It will also broadcast a semifinal in addition to the live final.

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Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sun., April 26 Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Czech Republic NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Italy NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Russia vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Mon., April 27 Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Czech Republic NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Russia NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Wed., April 29 Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Russia NBC Sports Live Extra 10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 2 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Czech Republic vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 5:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Norway NBC Sports Live Extra 9 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA * NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thur., April 30 Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Fri., May 1 Semifinal Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA* NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 2 Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Sun., May 3 Bronze Medal Game NBC Sports Live Extra 11 a.m.
Gold Medal Game NBCSN 2:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay