When asked about starting the 2016-17 season in Pittsburgh, the NHL coach of the year Barry Trotz didn’t sugar coat his words.
“Perfect,” he quipped. “I hope they have a long [Stanley Cup champions] ceremony (and) I hope they have us standing there. I hope they raise that banner right in front of us, so that we see it. Hopefully, next year we can do the same thing to them and raise a banner in front of them.”
The Washington Capitals start their 2016-17 season in Pittsburgh Thursday, October 13, the last place they played before their season was once again cut short in the playoffs. But what other games should Caps fans look forward to this season? Caps Today suggests the following will be of interest to fans:
- New York Islanders Vs. Washington Capitals (Home Opener) Saturday, Oct. 15
The Caps come back from Pittsburgh to open up Verizon Center for the season.
- New York Rangers Vs. Washington Capitals, Oct. 22
First of two visits to Verizon Center for the Rangers
- Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Washington Capitals, Nov. 16
First meeting in Washington this season against the defending Stanley Cup Champs.
- Washington Capitals Vs. Philadelphia Flyers, Dec. 21
First meeting since the 2016 Playoffs where the Caps eliminated them four games to two.
- Los Angeles Kings Vs Washington Capitals, Feb. 5
Super Bowl Sunday matchup with the Kings.
- Nashville Predators Vs. Washington Capitals, March 16
Barry Trotz’s former team comes to Washington.
- Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals, April 9
This final home game could also be Jaromir Jagr’s final NHL game. The 44-year-old will be 45 by seasons end.
Those are just some of the many games the Caps will play this season. Click here for the full schedule. Which games are you looking forward to seeing?
We’ll be there from pre-season all the way to the end capturing the best moments for you!