Now I'm sure like me, you are all getting your hockey fix with the all the puck action between the nations at the Olympic games (if you can find them, that is). Hockey fans (especially those of us in the U.S.) have been none too happy with the lackadaisical manner in which NBC has handled the Men's hockey games. Case in point, last night I settle in to watch Sweden (complete with Nick Backstrom and the fabulous Sedins) take on Germany. First off, the coverage starts with the game already in action. As I watched on MSNBC, right in the middle of the action the flipping Keith Olberman show comes on! I start to hyperventilate and start flipping madly through the remote until I find the game on CNBC. Meanwhile, I almost miss Backstrom's assist on one of Sweden's two goals. Great way to market the most awesome sport of hockey to a broader audience, NBC! Apparently, HM is joined by many fans in our frustration as evidenced by this post over at Kukla's Korner. Frustration aside, kudos to the Swedes on their 2-0 win and also to Team USA who had an impressive 6-1 victory over Norway this afternoon. USA saw two goals from Brian Rafalski and Ryan Malone, Chris Drury, Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel also lit the lamp against Pal Grotnes. Tonight, Canada will meet Switzerland during prime time and the explosive Russian team with Alex Ovechkin gets the midnight time slot for their second game.
So if you're missing the boys and the rocking good times at the Phone Booth (what, the maddening Mike Milbury banter doesn't do it for you?), never fear as you can get your fix with next Tuesday's episode of fan fave Capitals Red Line. An all-new Capitals Red Line presented by GEICO will air on Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 p.m. Capitals Red Line is the fast-paced, behind-the-scenes look at the red-hot Capitals!
There are new exciting additions to the show this season - starting with new host Guerin Austin, who was named Miss Nebraska 2004. Fans can download the Capitals Red Line widget onto their social network sites, including Blogs, Facebook and MySpace, and stay up to date with the show on the Capitals Red Line webpage on WashingtonCaps.com. Here's a look at the February 15th episode, which answers one of the questions I always ask whenever a non-hockey event takes place at Verizon Center prior to a Caps game. How in the sam-harry-hell do they change the floors out and get that ice down so fast? Check it out!
Here's a sneak peek at the Capitals Red Line episode for Feb. 23:
American Service Center and Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria “Cruisin’”
Viewers will get an intimate first-person drive with Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. Alzner discusses life as a young player living part-time in Washington, D.C. as he makes the journey from Arlington, Va. to Hershey, Pa.
Countdown to Puck Drop presented by Ford - Hosted by Elliot of DC 101’s Elliot in the Morning
Elliot will take viewers into the life of Steve Kolbe, the radio play-by-play voice of the Washington Capitals. What does it take to be a play-by-play broadcaster in the NHL? Get a look at Kolbe’s extensive game-day preparation, pregame rituals and impressive press pass collection.
GEICO All Access
GEICO All Access follows Capitals left wing Tomas Fleischmann as he interacts with Caps fans and shows off his pool skills at Lucky Strike.
X’s and O’s presented by SUBWAY
Ever wonder what a day at the office is like for Capitals right wing Mike Knuble? On X’s and O’s, Knuble discusses fighting for position outside the crease and techniques used to obstruct opposing goaltenders.
Press Pass presented by The Front Page
Let’s turn the tables on the media. Capitals Red Line asks those who cover the Capitals for a living about the impact of Alex Ovechkin as captain. Hear what members of the media have to say about Ovechkin’s effect on the team and his abilities as a natural leader.
Forces of Hockey presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing & Heating, a Lennox Premier Dealer -
Hosted by Professor Lou Bloomfield, Ph.D.
Professor Bloomfield is a physics professor at University of Virginia, and he will be discussing the role the glass plays in a hockey game. How much kinetic energy can NHL glass absorb? What kind of hit causes it to shatter? Tune in to find out.
Caps Kids Club Red Light Trivia
It’s trivia time. How well do you know your Washington Capitals?
Ask A Cap presented by Caps Mobile
Caps players David Steckel and Brendan Morrison join others as they look back on their college days and discuss their favorite collegiate moment as well as the opportunities that playing in college afforded them.
The Olympics Men's hockey playoff qualifiers will be on (if you can guess what channel) February 23, so be sure to set your DVR for Capitals Red Line or catch the excitement at WashingtonCaps.com!