ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 regular-season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the first home game of the campaign set for Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.
this season, the NHL will operate under a new divisional alignment and
scheduling matrix that ensures all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at
least once each season. In creating more geographically-appropriate
groupings, the NHL now has two eight-team divisions in the Eastern
Conference and two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference.
The Capitals will be in the
Metropolitan Division with Columbus, Carolina, New Jersey, New York
Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh
The NHL will pause from Feb. 9-25, 2014, while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi for Olympic gold.
The Capitals will host the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. It will mark the fourth time in the past five years that the Capitals
will play on Super Bowl Sunday.
Washington has six
homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a
five-game stretch at Verizon Center from Oct. 10-19. The Capitals have five stretches of at least three straight road
games and two season-high five-game road trips from Oct. 22-Nov. 1 and Jan. 24-31, respectively. In addition, the Capitals will have 17 sets of back-to-back games.
Nearly half of the
Capitals' 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which
includes six games on Friday, eight on Saturday and seven on Sunday. The
schedule features holiday home games on Columbus
Day (Oct. 14 vs. Edmonton), the day before and the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 vs. Ottawa; Nov. 29 vs. Montreal) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2 vs. Detroit).
Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network and WashingtonCaps.com.
Home dates to remember: