The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2023 Stadium Series game.
The game will be played on Saturday, February 18, 2023, and held at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 3, 2022
The game will mark the Hurricane’s first outdoor game and the Capitals’ fourth in team history. Washington is an undefeated 3-0-0 in those special events. The Capitals previously beat the Penguins 3-1 in the 2011 Winter Classic, the Blackhawks 3-2 in the 2015 Winter Classic, and the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in the 2018 Stadium Series Game.
The Capitals say ticket information for the game will be announced at a later date.
The announcement comes as the Capitals have hit a low point in their season. The team is currently clinging to the second wildcard spot in the East, and Alex Ovechkin is being criticized for his relationship with Vladimir Putin during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Hurricanes have long tried to start a rivalry with the Capitals on social media. It’s unclear if this game will make that happen.
Here’s the Capitals’ full press release:
2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ To Feature Washington Capitals Vs. Carolina Hurricanes at Carter-Finley Stadium on Feb. 18, 2023
Washington, D.C. – The National Hockey League today announced additional details for the 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™. The NHL announced last month that the Carolina Hurricanes would host the outdoor game at NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.; the NHL announced today that the Washington Capitals will be the Hurricanes’ opponent as well as the date of the regular-season outdoor game, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023.
“We are pleased to be selected to participate in our fourth outdoor game next season versus the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series,” said Capitals president Dick Patrick. “Having previously participated in the 2018 Stadium Series in Annapolis, Maryland, we know the amazing atmosphere the event provides and are excited to perform on the national stage in such a marquee event. We look forward to working with the league and Carolina Hurricanes to offer hockey fans an incredible outdoor experience next February.”
Ticket information will be made available at a later date. 2022-23 Washington Capitals season ticket members will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets. All other fans are encouraged to visit WashCaps.com/StadiumSeries to sign-up for additional details on ticket information when it becomes available.
The 2023 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ will be the first regular-season outdoor game for the Hurricanes, who will become the 28th NHL team to participate in a regular-season outdoor game. It will be the fourth regular-season outdoor game for the Capitals, who are 3-0-0 in their previous appearances: a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic® at Heinz Field; a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic®; and a 5-2 victory versus the Toronto Maple Leafs at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. in the 2018 NHL Stadium Series™.
Heading into tonight’s matchup in Washington, D.C., the Capitals and Hurricanes franchises have faced off in 179 games during the regular season, with Washington holding a 71-point edge over Carolina (WSH 101-55-23 – 225 points, CAR/HFD 64-89-26 – 154 points).
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