ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals' 48-game regular-season schedule for 2012-13 begins on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m., the National Hockey League announced today. The home season begins with Opening Night at Verizon Center presented by GEICO on Tuesday, Jan. 22, against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m.
The schedule has the Capitals facing two teams in the Southeast Division five times each (Winnipeg and Carolina), two teams in the division four times each (Florida and Tampa Bay) and the remaining Eastern Conference opponents three times each. The Capitals will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12:30 p.m., marking the fourth year in a row that the Capitals will play on Super Bowl Sunday.
Capitals single-game tickets for the 2012-13 season go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at 202-397-SEAT, on WashingtonCaps.com, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at all local Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office. In addition, from 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Capitals will pay all convenience fees for individual tickets purchased (excluding processing and delivery fees).
Among the ticket options available is the Washington Capitals Pregame All-Inclusive Package, which starts at $89 per package and includes a game ticket, a pregame all-you-can-eat buffet in the Dewar's 12 Club, unlimited beer, wine and soda, a Caps hat and a Caps rally towel. Also available is the Washington Capitals Rinkside All-Inclusive Package, which starts at $99 per package and includes a game ticket, an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Rinkside Club available through the second intermission, unlimited beer, wine and soda and a Caps jersey T-shirt. A new package available this season is the Hard Times Chili Mac Pack, which starts at $189 and includes four tickets, four Caps hats and four Chili Mac cards redeemable at Hard Times.
For more information on Capitals tickets contact 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com.
Washington has four homestands of three games on the schedule, the first from Feb. 1-5 (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Toronto). The Capitals have three stretches of at least three straight road games and a season-high four-game road trip from March 19-24 (Pittsburgh, Winnipeg twice and the New York Rangers). In addition, the Capitals will have eight sets of back-to-back games.
Nearly half of the Capitals' 24 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which include five games on Sundays, four games on Saturdays and one game on Friday. The Capitals conclude the regular season with three consecutive home games (Winnipeg, Ottawa and Boston).
All but four of Washington's home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., with three Sunday and one Saturday afternoon games scheduled.
Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard via the Capitals Radio Network, including new FM flagship station WJFK-FM (106.7 The Fan) and WFED-AM 1500 in Washington, D.C., CBS Sports Radio 1300 in Baltimore as well as nine other affiliate stations from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
Jan. 22 – The Capitals home opener at Verizon Center vs. the Southeast Division-rival Winnipeg Jets.
Feb. 3 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their only visit to D.C. of the season on Super Bowl Sunday.
Feb. 9 – The defending Southeast Division-champion Florida Panthers make their first visit to Verizon Center.
Feb. 21 – Washington hosts the defending Eastern Conference-champion New Jersey Devils for the first time this season.
March 5 – Washington welcomes the Boston Bruins to Verizon Center for the first time since the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
March 10 – The New York Rangers return to Washington for the first time since the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinal series.
April 27 – Washington concludes the regular-season home schedule at Verizon Center vs. the Boston Bruins.