The 2018-19 NHL schedule is out and, as we already knew, the Caps will raise their Stanley Cup banner at home against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, October 3. They’ll follow that up with a visit to Pittsburgh the following night to help the Penguins open their season... almost exactly five months after ending their season in the same building.
Here’s the teeny-tiny view of the full calendar, and the team’s release:
The National Hockey League today announced the 2018-19 regular-season schedule for its 31 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season at home against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 3, where the Capitals will also unveil their 2018 Stanley Cup Championship banner in a pregame ceremony.
Washington has five homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a six-game stretch at Capital One Arena from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11. The Capitals have eight stretches of at least three consecutive road games, including three four-game road trips and a six-game road trip. In addition, the Capitals will have 10 sets of back-to-back games.
Over half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Capital One Arena fall on weekends, which includes nine games on Friday, six on Saturday and six on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Veterans Day (Nov. 11 vs. Arizona), the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21 vs. Chicago) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3 vs. Boston). This marks the 12th time in the last 13 seasons and the 11th 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, WashingtonCaps.com and on the Washington Caps mobile app.
Home dates to remember:
Oct. 3 - Season and home opener at Capital One Arena versus Boston Bruins
Oct. 10 - The Capitals host the Western Conference Champions Vegas Golden Knights
Oct. 17 - The New York Rangers make their first of two visits to Capital One Arena
Nov 5 - The Capitals host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers
Nov. 7 - The Capitals play Pittsburgh for the first time since eliminating them from the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinal [Ed. note: this is incorrect]
Nov. 11 - The Capitals host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night on Veterans Day
Nov. 21 - The Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks face off the day before Thanksgiving
Dec. 31 - Washington hosts the Nashville Predators on New Year’s Eve
Feb. 3 - Washington hosts Boston on Super Bowl Sunday
April 7 - The Capitals conclude their 2018-19 regular-season schedule at home against the New York Islanders
For a deeper dive into the schedule, check out the always-great breakdown from the always-great Mike Vogel here.