Hockey is Coming! Capitals Schedule Out.

The NHL already announced the Capitals first two opening games: 2 October in St. Louis and 5 October against the Hurricanes at home. The last home game (and Jeresy’s Off Their Backs Night) is 2 April against the Minnesota Wild. The final game of the regular season is 4 April in Sunrise, Florida. Don’t forget there are also three preseason games at home in September.

The Caps will merge their bye- week with the All-Star festivities giving them a very long break from 19 to 26 January. The All-Star Weekend is 24 to 26 January at Enterprise Center – home of the current St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Champions. 

VEGAS 2017-57 road crew

Road Trip Potentials:

This season there are a lot more weekend away games which should make it easier for fans to hit the road on their own or with the Road Crew or Caps Fan Club.

Sat 15 Nov in Boston
Sat 14 Dec in Tampa Bay
Sat 28 Dec in Raleigh
Sat 18 Jan NY Islander
Sat 22 Feb in New Jersey
Sun 22 Mar in Pittsburgh
Sat 28  Mar in Detroit
Sat 4 Apr Caps final regular season game against the Panthers

Five-Game Road Trip AKA Late night games to watch!

Sun 20 Oct in Chicago  (7 pm)
Tue 22 Oct in Calgary  (9 pm)
Thu 24 Oct in Edmonton  (9 pm)
Fri 25 Oct in Vancouver  (10 pm)
Tue 29 Oct in Toronto  ( 7 pm)


Don’t forget the Western Conference block of games:

Sat 30 Nov in Detroit
Tue  3 Dec in San Jose
Wed  4 Dec in LA
Fri  6 Dec in Anaheim

Thu 13 Feb in Colorado
Sat 15 Feb in Arizona
Mon 17 Feb in Vegas

Some rivalries:

Everyone always wants to know when the Caps will take on the Penguins. Well, fans will need to wait until February for the first game, unlike previous seasons in which the Caps played the Pens within the first month of the season.  All games this year are on the weekend.

Home games: 2 Feb (Super Bowl Sunday) at 12:30 and 23 Feb at noon.
Pittsburgh games:  7 Mar at 1 pm and 22 March at noon

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Then there is the newest rivalry with Tampa Bay Lightning. All those games are in the first half of the season. It all starts at home the day after Thanksgiving, 29 November at 5 pm. Then 14 December in Tampa, 21 December in DC. Good chance the December will mean a road trip for fans!

There are lots of Blackhawks fans in our midst, Catch them here on 14 March, a Saturday 7 pm game.

The Carolina Hurricanes have emerged as a team to beat and certainly the Capitals would like to make them pay for knocking them out of the playoffs. The NHL thought it would be fun for the Caps to play them in the home opener on 5 October. Pack up the bus for a game in Raleigh on Saturday 28 December. Canes are in DC on 13 January 2020.


Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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