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Flyers will be on HBO's 24/7

When HBO's "24/7" returns on Dec. 14, the Flyers will be featured in the first episode.

Flyers will be on HBO's 24/7

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Craig Berube talks things over with his team. (Chris Szagola/AP)
Craig Berube talks things over with his team. (Chris Szagola/AP)
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You can watch the Flyers again on HBO’s “24/7 Road to the Winter Classic” series when it premieres on Dec. 14.

No, the Flyers aren’t starring in the series again, but their furious third period comeback in Detroit on Wednesday will be featured in the first episode.

The Red Wings face-off against Toronto on Jan. 1 in front of 100,000-plus people at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

It would have been fascinating to see Flyers coach Craig Berube, who shoots from the lip, instead of a snarky Mike Babcock. The cameras began rolling last week for the Wings and Maple Leafs, something both teams are still getting used to.

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“There’s a quiet time before the game and you’re getting yourself ready and there’s a guy in front of you while you’re tying your skates,” Wings forward Stephen Weiss said. “That’s kind of different. You’re not used to that during the course of a season.”

The Red Wings already seem to sense different personalities are coming out of the woodwork once the cameras are in the locker room. That’s something the Flyers’ players who were here in 2012 will attest to: not everyone acts normally.

It was such a valuable glimpse into the Flyers in 2012. The Emmy Award-winning series is what taught us about "Knock, Knock," and gave us a chance to see and hear Peter Laviolette's emotional pre-game speeches. Who can forget his run-in with Steve Ott during the intermission in Dallas? Or Ilya Bryzgalov's now infamous rants?

“The previous productions have been real cool to watch,” Detroit’s Jonathan Ericsson said. “It’s going to be an adjustment for sure. As soon as there are cameras in the locker room, everyone gets real quiet and they aren’t themselves anymore. It’ll take a few days before everyone adjusts and feels comfortable in front of the cameras. But we have no fun. Hopefully it will be fun.”

It probably wasn’t too fun for the Red Wings on Wednesday night. We’ll be watching to see what Babcock said after that game.

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