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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/ 2/2010

Watch the preview of HBO's 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic

By Lindsay Applebaum

"You step on the ice and nothing else matters."

Listen to players talk about their love of hockey and get the inside scoop as HBO's reality series, 24/7, takes to the ice to follow the Penguins and Capitals on their road to the Winter Classic. The series premieres Wed., Dec. 15 at 10 p.m.

*The enforcers: DJ King and Eric Godard on dropping the gloves.
*Sidney Crosby and Max Talbot interview: Pens talk about their love of the game.

If you're not going to the Winter Classic (or even if you are), here's a very cool opportunity to see some of the Caps skate outdoors:

Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson along with assistant coach Dean Evason and Caps mascot Slapshot will skate at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink for Community Day on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more info.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 2, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Pittsburgh Penguins, Winter Classic  
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Hey Tom: I would give it about an 8. The reason I give it an 8 and not any lower is because everything needs to be kept in perspective. The Blues were on a losing streak, as you stated, suffered a loss by giving up 7 goals, and NEEDED a win against a team considered a top team in the NHL. When they fell behind they rolled 3 lines. BB on the other hand had the luxury to stay with 4 lines since we had the lead, and a B2B, plus had only 5 defensemen for the balance of the 3rd. So, rolling 4 lines means less time with skilled guys, more time with role guys, and the skilled guys shifting to a boring brand of hockey to secure a win on the road. Basically, if the Caps had to make more happen in the 2nd half of the game they could have and would have generated more shots and we would have seen more Ovie, Backs and Semin.

I really never felt like the Blues did all that much, even when they had zone time. Varly only made one spectacular save, the one on the PK. I'm not taking anything away from his performance but even the 2 on 1s that TMAC keeps wanted to bring up on the Caps 1st period PP, were not great chances. The pass was taken away and routine shots were taken. Varly made the saves when he need to which took a lot of the excitement out of the game. I'm fine with that because I needed a low stress Caps night because I am under the weather.

I know I'm a Kool-aid drinker but TMAC, WOW, that guy just goes to town on here during every game. He waits for a mistake and logs it here. Even compliments come with a "but" in the same post. The Caps played a PERFECT road game last night. The crowd was a non-factor and they should have plenty of gas in the tank to compete in this big match-up tonight. The Caps better be ready too because everything I've read coming out the Stars locker room is that this game is circled on their calendar to see what type of team they really are. The Caps have got to come out ready to roll or they could be in a hole early.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 2, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Ovie must be very happy that Russia will be hosting the 2018 World Cup. I expect a big game out of him tonight.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 2, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

IMHO, even though "Movember" is over, the 'staches should stay--especially Erskine's--they have some kind of mysterious hockey powers, methinks.

Thoughts, anyone?

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 2, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree, the 'staches should stay!

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 2, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

HBO really knows how to put a show together

Posted by: Mike4169 | December 2, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

My problem with that video is the intro having Varly get scored on by who is that Cooke?. Please!

Posted by: Iceman10 | December 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

this makes me want to grab my sticks & bag, and head to the rink.
Glad I have HBO! :)

Posted by: Hattrik | December 2, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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