Start your countdown, because the 2018-19 season will be here sooner than you know it. On Monday, the Capitals officially announced their schedule for the 2018 preseason.
WTOP’s Ben Raby did some research and pieced together what appears to be most, if not all, of the Capitals’ preseason schedule for the 2018-19 season.
As of right now, the defending champions will play seven preseason games. That schedule includes home-and-home dates against the Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, and St. Louis Blues. The Capitals will also face the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec City – a rumored destination for an expansion team sometime in the future. The game will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Centre Vidéotron, which holds a capacity of 18,259 people.
On Saturday, head coach Barry Trotz criticized his team for wallowing in “self-pity.” Sunday, the Capitals turned around and ended their preseason with a win. After scoring just four even strength goals in the previous six preseason games, the Caps matched that output in a single game.
Brett Connolly scored the game-winning goal with 4:26 to go in the third period. In his final audition for an opening-night roster spot, Devante Smith-Pelly picked up a goal and an assist. On the flip side, Tom Wilson was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct in the second period.
For most in the hockey world, eyes are on the ongoing Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Team-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. But Wednesday afternoon the Capitals brought their fans some much needed good news to look forward to: the 2017 preseason schedule is out!
The Caps will play in seven preseason games this year, starting on the road against New Jersey and Montreal. The team then returns to Home Sweet Phonebooth for the first time since May with a three-game homestand versus St. Louis, Carolina, and New Jersey, and finished the preseason with two more road games in Carolina and St. Louis.
While we don’t know which players will be taking to the ice come September, it’s nice to now have an exact date of when our Caps come home.
Several Caps fans that ventured to Verizon Center tonight noticed someone else other than George McPhee in the house. Hall of Famer Chris Chelios was in the house to watch his son, 24-year-old defenseman Jake Chelios, play for the Carolina Hurricanes.
In the second period, Wilson received some return fire of his own. The Caps alternate captain for the night took a shoulderto the jaw and head from Hurricanes’ center Jordan Staal.
Former Caps General Manager George McPhee returned to Verizon Center Monday night to scout the game between Washington and Carolina.
The Capitals opened their preseason tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Only a handful of Caps regulars played, leading Tom Wilson to be one of the team’s three alternate captains for the game. In the first period, Wilson nearly checked a Carolina Hurricane player into outer space.
The Washington Capitals had nine players participate in the World Cup of Hockey, including both of their goaltenders, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, whose touranment teams will be battling it out in the WCH finals. Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the 2016-17 season against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Their line-up will be sparse on veteran talent.
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