The fourth NHL Winter Classic is just a little over two months away, but the excitement has been building since the summer.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will square off at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, on New Year's Day 2011. This will be the second Winter Classic the Penguins have participated in, while the Capitals are playing in the outdoor game for the first time.
Although neither team has played even 10 games so far this season, it is not too early to see who is making an impact and who needs to step up their game.
In this first installment of Bleacher Report's countdown to the Winter Classic, we will look at who's hot and who's not for both the Penguins and Capitals.
If you think any players not included in this piece should have been included based on their performances, feel free to mention it in the comments section.