The NHL released the 2019-20 regular season schedule for all 31 teams on Tuesday afternoon.
As previously announced, the Capitals will open their season on the road against the St. Louis Blues during the team’s banner-raising night on October 2. The Capitals’ second game of the regular season will be against Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders on October 4, the Islanders home opener. The very next night, the Capitals will host their home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second game of their first back-to-back of the season.
The Capitals have five homesteads of at least three games, with the longest notching in at four games in early February. Their season-long five-game road trip will be from October 20th to the 29th. The Capitals will have 12 sets of back-to-back games.
Seventeen of the Capitals’ 41 home games fall on weekends, which includes six games on Friday, seven on Saturday, and four on Sunday. Washington’s bye-week appears to come at the end of January, running from the 19th to the 26th, with the first game back in action away in Montreal. The Capitals’ first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins comes February 2 on Super Bowl Sunday.
The 2019-20 regular season will mark the Capitals’ 45th in the NHL. You can sync the schedule to your devices using this link.
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The National Hockey League today announced the 2019-20 regular-season schedule for its 31 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season at Enterprise Center on Oct. 2 against the St. Louis Blues, who will raise their first Stanley Cup banner. The Capitals home opener will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena.
Washington has five homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a four-game stretch at Capital One Arena from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10. The Capitals have five stretches of at least three consecutive road games, including a season-long five-game road trip from Oct. 20 to Oct. 29. In addition, the Capitals will have 12 sets of back-to-back games.
Seventeen of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Capital One Arena fall on weekends, which includes six games on Friday, seven on Saturday and four on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Columbus Day (Oct. 14 vs. Colorado), Veterans Day (Nov. 11 vs. Arizona), the day before (Nov. 27 vs. Florida) and the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29 vs. Tampa Bay), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31 vs. New York Islanders) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2 vs. Pittsburgh). This marks the 13th time in the last 14 seasons and the 12th consecutive season the Capitals will host a game on Super Bowl Sunday. Additionally, all four games against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins will be played in the afternoon.
Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on the Caps Radio Network, 106.7 The Fan, Caps Radio 24/7, WashingtonCaps.com and on the Washington Caps mobile app.
Home dates to remember:
Oct. 5 – Home opener at Capital One Arena versus the Carolina Hurricanes
Oct. 14 – Capitals host Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche on Columbus Day
Oct. 18 – Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers make their first of two visits to Capital One Arena
Nov. 9 – The Capitals host the Vegas Golden Knights
Nov. 11 – Washington hosts the Arizona Coyotes on Veterans Day
Nov. 29 – The Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning face off the day after Thanksgiving
Dec. 11 – The Capitals host the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins
Dec. 31 – The Capitals face the New York Islanders in a New Year’s Eve matinee
Feb. 2 – Washington hosts Pittsburgh on Super Bowl Sunday
March 16 – The Capitals host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers
March 24 – The Capitals host the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues
April 2 – The Capitals conclude their 2019-20 home regular-season schedule against the Minnesota Wild
Capitals senior writer Mike Vogel wrote a detailed analysis about the schedule on the Caps’ website.
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