Washington Capitals fans that like the behind scenes look at their team will love today’s announcement by the NHL Network. Starting this Tuesday, July 31 @ 6:00 p.m., the NHL Network will air the first of nine episodes of Caps Red Line presented by GEICO.

The show, which airs on Comcast Sports Net during the regular season, won the Emmy Award in 2010 and 2011 for Outstanding Program Achievement for Sports – Programming Series, by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS-NCCB).

Caps Red Line presented by GEICO is comprised of a number of segments each week, including:

GEICO All Access

A behind-the-scenes look at your favorite Caps players and events.

Cruisin’ presented by Inova Blood Donor Services An intimate first-person drive with Capitals’ players, alumni and other special guests as they discuss life in the nation’s capital.

X’s and O’s presented by SUBWAY® Restaurants Capitals players and coaches break down strategies, plays and key moments of the season.

Forces of Hockey presented by Herb Gordon Subaru Hosted by Professor Lou Bloomfield, Ph.D., a physics professor at the University of Virginia, this segment discusses the physics of the game with the help of Capitals forward Troy Brouwer.

Elliot’s Take On…

Hosted by Elliot of DC 101’s Elliot in the Morning, Elliot gives viewers his unique perspective on everything related to Capitals hockey.

Cap-to-Cap

Caps players answer questions from each other in this candid, unconventional interview segment.

Caps Kids Club Red Light Trivia

How well do you know your Washington Capitals?

Fans also may watch archived Caps Red Line episodes online by visiting WashingtonCaps.com and the Red Line Channel on Caps365. For a preview of the fourth season of Caps Red Line, click here.

Caps Red Line presented by GEICO NHL Network Schedule (all times ET and subject to change)

Tuesday, July 31 6:00 p.m. Episode 1

Tuesday, July 31 6:30 p.m. Episode 2

Tuesday, Aug. 7 6:00 p.m. Episode 3

Tuesday, Aug. 7 6:30 p.m. Episode 4

Tuesday, Aug. 14 6:00 p.m. Episode 5

Tuesday, Aug. 14 6:30 p.m. Episode 6

Tuesday, Aug. 28 6:00 p.m. Episode 7

Tuesday, Aug. 28 6:30 p.m. Episode 8

TBD, September TBD Episode 9

For more information and the latest NHL Network schedule, please visit nhlnetwork.com.

The Capitals appeared on HBO’s 24/7 series two years ago leading up to the teams Winter Classic battle with their archrival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  24/7 Penguins-Capitals was the first of its kind hockey show that was a huge success for the network. They followed both teams in and out of the locker room, as many viewers loved the chance to look into an NHL dressing room.

 The four part series of hourly shows leading up to the game on January 1 was brilliantly done. HBO’s cameras began following the Caps as they were mired in a season long eight game losing streak.  Many clips appear on YouTube, especially former Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau, who was not happy about the team’s performance during the losing streak. Boudreau’s locker room rants have become You Tube hits, and his now legendary locker room rants, complete with a full complement of F-Bombs, continue to gets hits almost daily.

Of course, there is the legendary Alex Ovechkin comment, “He has sensitive skin no”. This comment came to a referee in reference to former teammate Alex Semin’s major penalty after he high sticked and cut John-Michael Liles of the Colorado Avalanche. When informed Lyons is bleeding badly after the Semin high stick, the Great 8 replied, "Well He probably has sensitive skin.... no”.

The show was such a huge success, HBO returned this past season to follow the Rangers and Flyers leading up to their Winter Classic showdown in Philadelphia. Many behind the scenes shows about sports teams have become extremely popular since HBO delivered Hard Knocks back in 2001.

HBO’s cameras followed around the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens during training camp, and left nothing out of its final product. This year HBO will follow around the Miami Dolphins. Though not coming off a Super Bowl season, watching the Fish in rebuild mode, with a new “franchise quarterback” should be tons of fun this August.

Not to be left out, MLB productions helps produce a show for Showtime call The Franchise. Similar to HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Franchise goes behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball team. This season, The Franchise is following the Miami Marlins, and trust me; it is as interesting as it sounds with Ozzie Guillien as the backdrop to the show.

The best behind the scenes sports show of them all is a Canadian documentary television series, following the Edmonton Oilers, called Oil Change. Produced by Alberta's Aquila Productions, Oil Change features exclusive access inside the Edmonton Oilers organization through the 2010-11 NHL season (season 1) and 2011-12 NHL season (season 2). The first season aired on TSN, and season 2 was aired at a local level. The NHL Network aired the show in the United States for both seasons.

Watching the Oilers win the NHL Draft Lottery’s first overall selection three years in a row on watching the show has been a blast. Not to mention how much fun it has been watching the Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins try to form the next Messier-Gretzky-Coffey combination.

Speaking of Gretzky, Messier and company, if you are looking for an early behind the scenes documentary, Boys on the Bus, featuring the Stanley Cup winning Gretzky Oilers isn’t a bad way to spend three hours.

Ever see the bumper sticker “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work”? Sports documentaries pretty much operate off the same principal. They aren’t all good, so when you find an Emmy award winning one like Caps Red Line, you must take advantage. Would you rather watch an hour of reality TV or a behind the scenes look at your Washington Capitals…….That is what I thought Caps fans. Be sure to click on highlighted links for a look at the shows listed.