The Winter Classic has arguably become the National Hockey League's most popular event. Despite the fact that it occurs nearly six months before season's end, it attracts more viewers and fanfare than both the All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup Finals.
For Rangers' fans who have watched four Winter Classics go by, watching other teams take center stage, this year's Classic is going to be special, as the Broadway Blueshirts will travel to Citizens Bank Park to take on the Philadelphia Flyers.
Perhaps even more exciting than the actual event, however, will be the airing of HBO's four-part miniseries 24/7, featuring an in-depth look into the locker room atmosphere and player personalities of both the Flyers and the Rangers.
As annoying as it may have been to watch HBO and the NHL drool over Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in last year's 24/7 series, we were all glued to our television sets bearing witness to perhaps the most revealing and captivating behind the scenes sports action ever seen on TV. This year the cameras belong to our team and and we all wait in anticipation to learn more about the players we follow through a grueling 82-game season.
What personalities will rise to the forefront? What locker room hijinks will draw attention? What players will we look at differently? Are there players we might grow to dislike? Only time will tell, but for now I give you the six things that most Rangers' fans will want to see from their team and the HBO producers on next month's 24/7.