If you haven't been reminded enough, the first episode of HBO's "24/7 Penguins/Capitals Road to the NHL Winter Classic" will air tonight at 10 p.m. and be replayed immediately after at 11 p.m. So you can watch the Caps-Ducks contest and then settle in for the opening installment of this mini series.
Players and Coach Bruce Boudreau say that they'll watch the show at some point -- although when may depend on how the team does tonight and in the immediate future.
Yesterday, HBO senior producer Dave Harmon said that Boudreau's use of profanity would "make Rex Ryan blush," and this morning the coach admitted the vulgarity is one thing he wishes he could change.
"If I do watch it, I know the one thing I wish I could take back: I wish I wasn't swearing as much," Boudreau said. "I think I'm cursing more than I would want my son to hear me curse, but at the same time, the show has caught us at probably the worst point that it could have caught us in three and a half years -- at least the first portion of it -- so I was madder than most times."
Having their worst losing streak since March of 2007 chronicled by HBO's cameras is no picnic, but the players don't even consider the option of using the extra eyes as an excuse. They just want to get back on track.
"I'll probably watch it just to see what they can put together. HBO's an amazing [network]; they seem to make everything look real interesting and real appealing," Eric Fehr said before acknowledging that the world seeing the Capitals struggle isn't ideal. "It definitely sucks that we're going through all this during the HBO taping but it's going to happen sometimes. You go through highs and lows and we happen to be going through a low at a pretty important time at the season."
Said Tom Poti: "It's not the opportune time for us to be on TV, but I think it will still be a fun thing for people to watch and see what we go through day in and day out when we're going through something like this."
And as the Capitals' public relations staff has just pointed out, tune in for an inside look but remember that parental discretion is advised.