HBO’s cameras will be back at Verizon Center on Tuesday, documenting the Philadelphia Flyers as part of this year’s “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic.” The New York Rangers are also dealing with that spotlight this month in advance of the Jan. 2 game set for Citizens Bank Park.
Last year, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins were the subjects of the show’s first season. Caps players talking this week about last year said it wasn’t that big of a difference.
“First couple days was a little weird having guys in here filming you all the time,” center Marcus Johansson said. “But after a couple days you got to know them a little bit, and they were great guys. All of a sudden you didn’t think about it anymore. It was just a fun experience and a good thing for the team.”
Mike Knuble didn’t really have any advice for the Flyers or Rangers – but plenty of anticipation for the first episode, which airs Wednesday night at 10.
“I just set my DVR yesterday to get it,” Knuble said. “I watched the little 15-minute preview; it seems to be a little bit more animosity between the teams right out of the gate – some name calling going on right away.”
Knuble recalled getting filmed a lot but not appearing quite as often as he expected.
“You go in thinking, ‘I’m going to be on here all the time’ and then you’re like, ‘I can’t get on the show,’ ” he said. A”nd your friends are like, ‘Do you play for the Caps? Are you on the show?’ ”
Perhaps the lesson is: Score a lot if you want a lot of air time. No problem for the charismatic Jaromir Jagr, who has three points in three games with the HBO cameras rolling.
But no matter what happened Knuble seems like he’ll enjoy these episodes a lot more.
“It’ll be fun to be a little bit more relaxed watching it,” he said, “because when we were on, I was just waiting to see how dumb you look at times.”