While the first two riveting episodes of HBO's "24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic" have profiled the teams by themselves, their on-ice meeting last Thursday will be the subject of Episode 3, which will debut at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, Dec. 29.
While the teams are playing at Verizon Center in Washington, cameras also will be following the NHL ice crew tasked with transforming Pittsburgh's Heinz Field from football stadium to outdoor ice palace.
An encore presentation will air at 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Other HBO playdates will be 7 p.m. and midnight, Dec. 30; 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 31; 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 1:55 a.m., Jan. 1; 10:30 a.m., Jan. 2; 7 p.m. and 2:10 a.m., Jan. 3.
Episode 3 will also air on HBO2 at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 30; at 3 a.m. on Jan. 2; at 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 3; at 10 p.m. on Jan. 4; and at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 8.
There also will be a special showing of the first three episodes consecutively starting at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 on HBO2, and at 7 a.m. on Jan. 1 on HBO.
The show also will be available 24 hours a day on HBO On Demand starting Jan. 3
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final