The full schedule won’t be released until Tuesday, but we already know how the 2016-17 season will begin: with pain.
The Washington Capitals will open up the new season at home against the Islanders on October 15, but two days prior they’ll be in Pittsburgh for the Penguins’ home opener.
That night, the Penguins will raise their new Stanley Cup banner in front of the Washington Capitals, who don’t have one of those.
The Penguins, as you recall every moment of every day when you try and fail to perform routine tasks like flossing and shaking hands and not thinking about the inevitable heat death of the universe, defeated the Caps in six games in the second round of the playoffs.
That series was probably the Penguins’ toughest of the postseason.
While Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the MVP of the playoffs, Alex Ovechkin was literally becoming a monk for a weekend. In October, Ovechkin will watch Crosby raise a championship banner to the rafters of his team’s arena, then a couple days later the Caps will raise a Presidents’ Trophy banner in Verizon Center. Neat.
Anyway, stand by for the full schedule tomorrow and always remember that suffering is infinite and dignity is illusion.
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