The 2021-22 season marks the return of the (hopefully) full 82-game slate, after one of the weirdest seasons in recent memory. With fans back in the building (again, hopefully), the Caps will kick off a three-game homestand with the season opener at Capital One Arena against the Rangers on October 13, followed by their first road game - a quick jaunt up to New Jersey - the following Thursdsay.
ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Hockey League today announced the 2021-22 regular-season schedule for its 32 member clubs. Washington will open the season with a three-game homestand, beginning with a home opener against the New York Rangers on Oct. 13 at Capital One Arena. Start times for all 82 games and broadcast information will be released at a later date.
Washington has four homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a four-game stretch at Capital One Arena from Dec. 2-10. The Capitals have four stretches of at least three consecutive road games, including a season-long five-game road trip from April 14-22. In addition, the Capitals will have 13 sets of back-to-back games.
Eighteen of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Capital One Arena fall on weekends, which includes three games on Friday, seven on Saturday and eight on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Veterans Day (Nov. 11 at Detroit), the day before (Nov. 24 vs. Montreal) and the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 vs. Florida) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31 at Detroit). The Capitals will visit the newly founded Seattle Kraken on Nov. 21 and will host the Kraken on March 5.
The 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will take place T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Feb. 4-5. The 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will include the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills on Friday, Feb. 4, and the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Olympic Break: No final agreement or decision has been made to this point regarding the possible participation of NHL Players in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Talks remain ongoing. Subject to reaching agreement with the NHL Players’ Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation on all outstanding issues, including appropriate COVID-19 insurance for NHL Players, the League has agreed, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, to pause from Feb. 7-22, 2022, to accommodate NHL Player participation in the Olympic Games. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association will retain full authority to decide not to participate should COVID-19 conditions worsen or otherwise pose a threat to the health and safety of NHL Players, or for any other reason that may warrant such decision. In the event NHL Players participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics, the NHL regular season will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 23. If, for whatever reason, there is no NHL Player participation in the Olympics, a revised Regular Season schedule will be released which, to the greatest extent possible, will adopt the dates and games reflected in the schedule contemplating Olympic participation.
Home dates to remember:
Oct. 13 - Home opener at Capital One Arena versus the New York Rangers
Oct. 16 - Capitals host the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time
Oct. 19 - Nathan MacKinnon and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Colorado Avalanche visit Capital One Arena
Nov. 14 - The Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time of the season on a Sunday
Nov. 24 - The Capitals and the Montreal Canadiens face off the day before Thanksgiving
Nov. 26 - The Capitals and the Florida Panthers square off the day after Thanksgiving
Jan. 2 - The Capitals kick off 2022 when they host division rival New Jersey Devils
Jan. 10 - The Capitals host the Boston Bruins for the first time
Jan. 24 - The Capitals host the Vegas Golden Knights
Feb. 2 - The Capitals host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers for the first time since Nov. 5, 2018
March 5 - The Capitals host the Seattle Kraken for the first time
April 28 - The Capitals conclude their 2021-22 home regular-season schedule against the Columbus Blue Jackets
You can (and should) also read Mike Vogel’s breakdown of the various nuances within the schedule here.