What to Expect at Capitals-Hurricanes Home Opener.

Saturday October 5, hockey officially returns to Washington DC when the Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The home opener is the third game of the new season for the Caps. If it is anything like the preseason games against the Canes, it is guaranteed to be exciting and dare we say a little physical? Game Plan

The Capitals have a new roster this season. Gone are Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Brooks Orpik, and Phoenix Copley. Newly added, at least for opening night, include: Richard Pánik (14), Garnet Hathaway (21), Brenden Leipzig (28), Martin Fehervary (42), and Radko Gudas (33). There are some familiar faces making the cut following training camp: Chandler Stephenson (18) and Jonas Siegenthaler (34). Lots of new numbers to get used to seeing with new names!

The roster Saturday could look like this:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson

Vrana-Eller-Oshie

Hagelin-Stephenson-Panik

Leipsic-Dowd-Hathaway

Siegenthaler-Carlson

Orlov-Jensen

Fehervary-Gudas

Holtby in the net and Samsanov backing him up

Evgeny Kuznetsov is serving his third game suspension and Michal Kempney is not quite ready to return to the ice as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Red Carpet

The Capitals will Rock the Red Carpet on F Street in front of Capital One Arena from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. It’s a great way to see the boys all dressed up and get some autographs and photos. Come early though because it gets crowded real fast.

Guidelines for Capital One

Word from the Caps about what you can bring in with you – things have changed. Forget those backpacks!!

Beginning this season, backpacks (regardless of size) are prohibited. As a reminder, luggage, roller bags, hard-sided bags/briefcases and bags larger than 14” long, 14” tall, and 6” wide are prohibited at Capital One Arena. Diaper bags (if the adult is accompanied by a small child) and medical bags will be permitted after being searched. 

Additionally, Capital One Arena will now have NO BAG/ EXPRESS LINES at the F Street Entrance.  Express Lines will be clearly marked with NO BAG/ EXPRESS LINE signage for those patrons with no bags and/or for guests carrying a clutch purse/ wallet 4.5”x 6.5” or smaller. 

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