With the fourth NHL Winter Classic less than two months away, the microscope continues to focus on the two participating rivals, the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and how they're faring thus far in the 2010-2011 season before meeting for their wintry New Years Day battle.
To the chagrin of many NHL fans, the comparisons between these two teams has been a major headline in hockey news since the drafting of Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. However, the history between the Caps and Pens digs further than any post-lockout happenings.
With this in mind, the NHL has matched the two teams against each other in Heinz Field for what is hoped to be their biggest clash yet with a national audience watching.
History alone will not dictate the intensity of the game, so now is a good time to check in with each team and see what they've been up to since the start of the season.
How are the teams performing as a whole? Are Crosby and Ovechkin producing? Are there any standouts on either team?
Here's what's going down...
Laura Falcon is a Featured Columnist for the Pittsburgh Penguins and a college writing intern for Bleacher Report. Follow her on Twitter or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments.