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Count Penguins among those excited for '24/7' debut

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Count Penguins among those excited for '24/7' debut
Your average hockey fan won't be the only one rushing to tune in to HBO's "24/7" series on the Penguins and Capitals when it debuts Wednesday -- the players plan on tuning in as well.
PHILADELPHIA -- Sidney Crosby doesn't think he'll even have to rush back to his new suburban Pittsburgh home after Wednesday night's game against the Rangers in order to catch the first episode of the highly anticipated HBO "24/7" show.

"We play at what, 7, so maybe we'll watch it at the rink if guys are still around," Crosby told NHL.com prior to Tuesday's game against the Flyers. "Yeah, I'm pretty interested to see it, for sure."

He's most definitely not alone.

The Penguins are characters in this documentary that HBO is producing, but count them as curious because they have absolutely no clue what will be in Episode 1 of "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic," which debuts Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

"I'm wondering how it's going to come out, obviously, and if I do any stupid thing on there," Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said with a laugh. "Obviously there are going to be a lot of people that watch it, and I want to see it."

As much as they want to see themselves, the Penguins also want to see what's been going on in Washington.

The storylines couldn't be any different.

Pittsburgh takes its 12-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Wells Fargo Center against the Flyers. Washington is hoping to snap its six-game losing streak against Anaheim at Verizon Center on Wednesday night. The Capitals were embarrassed in a 7-0 loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

"Yeah, you've definitely got to expect to see two different teams for sure as far as the mood and things like that," said Crosby, who has 20 goals and 16 assists over his current 18-game point streak.

What also intrigues the Penguins is the opportunity to go inside the Capitals dressing room along with the rest of HBO's viewers.

"I'm sure the general idea of everyone does is pretty similar, but maybe you learn what type of people they are," defenseman Paul Martin told NHL.com. "You have a stereotype in your head about what they're like. Obviously you play against them and you're not fond of them that way. You play hard against them and compete hard against them, but this will give us a different view of what they're like as people and for some people that might change an outlook they have of some guys. But hopefully it'll just be good for the fans and people that will become fans by watching it."

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