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Capitals-Penguins 24/7: HBO's NHL Winter Classic Series Begins Wednesday Night

The anticipation for the 2011 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins can officially begin starting on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. That's when the first episode of HBO's "24/7, Penguins/Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic" will hit the airwaves. The show will be on in the same time slot for the next four weeks leading up to the big game on January 1.

The show will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at both teams as the prepare for the biggest game of the NHL's regular season. The show is as real as real gets, much like the critically-acclaimed "Hard Knocks" series. Considering the Capitals have been struggling recently, there promises to be a lot of adult language and stuff you may not want your kids seeing. Indeed, as we noted here, the series producer said we should expect a lot more "vulgarity" than in "Hard Knocks."

There are many questions that will be answered by the series. How many languages will the Capitals curse in? How intense a coach is Boudreau, really? What is Alex Ovechkin like behind closed doors? Are the Penguins as eccentric as the Capitals seem to be? Who will emerge as the breakout star of the show? How many times will Sidney Crosby be referred to as a "leader" while Ovechkin is called "flashy?" To help guide everyone, Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy provided this handy drinking game for the show's premiere.

We'll have updates and stuff throughout the process in this StoryStream.