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Penguins, Capitals to Get HBO Treatment on Wednesday

You know, hockey teams seem interesting. Can we get a closer look?

Why yes, yes we can.

On Wednesday December 15, HBO premieres the first episode of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. Aside from cornering the market on slashes, it shows the behind-the-scenes action of both teams as they prepare to face off outdoors in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day.

Your teaser: “Head coaches Bruce Boudreau of Washington and Dan Bylsma of Pittsburgh, along with a host of key players, including the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin and the Pens’ Sidney Crosby, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through their busy December schedules.”

Um, okay. But maybe talk about Crosby and Ovechkin before two head coaches we never knew existed?

Full release after the jump.New York (December 9, 2010) – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7″ reality franchise, which has captured 12 Sports Emmy® Awards, joins forces with the National Hockey League to take viewers inside one of the NHL’s great rivalries, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, for 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC.

Debuting WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with an immediate encore at 11:00 p.m., the four-week, all-access series follows the two teams as they meet twice in a span of nine days, including the highly anticipated 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field, played outdoors at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Day.

Episode #1

Debut: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 15 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (5:00 p.m., midnight), 17 (10:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 18 (10:30 a.m., 11:15 p.m.), 19 (9:00 a.m.) and 20 (5:00 p.m., 1:20 a.m.), and Jan. 1 (7:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 19 (11:50 p.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m.), 28 (2:00 p.m.) and 30 (1:30 p.m.), and Jan. 8 (1:30 p.m.)

HBO On Demand availability begins: Dec. 20

Head coaches Bruce Boudreau of Washington and Dan Bylsma of Pittsburgh, along with a host of key players, including the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin and the Pens’ Sidney Crosby, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through their busy December schedules.

Other episodes of 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC debut on subsequent Wednesdays — Dec. 22 and 29, and Jan. 5 — at 10:00 p.m. The series finale debuts four days after the Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama and excitement surrounding the Capitals and Penguins on game day. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand.

The executive producers of 24/7 PENGUINS/CAPITALS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; producers, Scott Boggins, Bentley Weiner and Thomas Odelfelt; Aaron Cohen is the writer; Liev Schreiber narrates.

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