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2017-18 Capitals Schedule Released: Season Opens October 5 in Ottawa

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The 2017-18 NHL schedule is out and, as we already knew, the Caps will kick things off in the other nation’s capital with a visit to the Ottawa Senators on October 5. The home slate of the schedule gets underway two nights later, when the Caps play host to the Canadiens on October 7.

Here's a link to the full schedule (which also appears below), and the team's release:

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Hockey League today announced the 2017-18 regular-season schedule for its 31 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, Oct. 5, with the first home game of the campaign set for Saturday, Oct. 7, against the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.

The Capitals will host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on March 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The NHL will pause for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. In addition, the Capitals schedule will pause for a five-day break from Jan. 13-17.

Washington has three homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from Nov. 30 to Dec. 8. The Capitals have five stretches of at least three consecutive road games, including two four-game road trips. In addition, the Capitals will have 14 sets of back-to-back games.

Over half of the Capitals' 40 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes seven games on Friday, nine on Saturday and five on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Veterans Day (Nov. 10 vs. Pittsburgh), the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 24 vs. Tampa Bay) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4 vs. Las Vegas). This marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons and the 10th consecutive season the Capitals will host a game on Super Bowl Sunday.

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on the Caps Radio Network, Caps Radio 24/7, and on the Washington Caps mobile app.

Home dates to remember:

  • Oct. 7 - Home opener at Verizon Center against the Montreal Canadiens
  • Oct. 11 - The Capitals host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center
  • Oct. 17 - Washington faces the Maple Leafs for the first time since eliminating Toronto in the 2017 ECQF
  • Nov. 10 - The Capitals play Pittsburgh at Verizon Center on Veterans Day
  • Nov. 24 - Washington hosts Tampa Bay on the day after Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 8 - The New York Rangers make their first of two visits to Verizon Center
  • Feb. 4 - Washington hosts Las Vegas for the first time in franchise history on Super Bowl Sunday
  • March 3 - The Capitals host the Maple Leafs in the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.
  • April 5 - Washington faces the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators at Verizon Center

April 7 - The Capitals conclude their 2017-18 regular-season schedule at home against New Jersey

via Capitals

You can (and should) also read Mike Vogel’s breakdown of the various nuances within the schedule here.