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2019-20 Capitals Schedule Released: Season Begins October 2 in St. Louis

Save the dates... all 82 of ‘em.

NHL: Washington Capitals at St. Louis Blues Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019-20 NHL schedule is out and, as we already knew, the Caps will be on hand in St. Louis to watch the Blues raise their Cup banner to the rafters (and for those keeping track, this is the third time in four years - and the fourth time in six - that the Capitals will be playing in the Cup champs’ home opener... although obviously one of those was their own).

The Caps’ home opener will be Saturday 10/5 against the Hurricanes, the second half of a back-to-back that starts with the Islanders’ season opener Friday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Here’s the teeny-tiny view of the full calendar via @capitals:

A few highlights to note:

  • The team’s season-long five-game road trip will be out of the way early as they head west for the annual horse show trip - stops in Chicago, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto span a 10-day swing away from DC from 10/20-29
  • The Caps will have 12 sets of back-to-back games — amazingly only four of which will occur in the second half of the season
  • The annual bye week will take the Caps into the All-Star break, starting January 19 and ending after the ASG festivities on January 26
  • The regular season wraps up with a visit to Sunrise, FL and a date with the Panthers on Saturday, April 4

Check out Mike Vogel’s always awesome deep dive for more fun facts about this year’s schedule, and here’s more from the team:

ARLINGTON, Va. - 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, 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