October 1, 2014

Washington Capitals announce 2013-14 schedule; open in Chicago Oct. 1

TEAM WILL PLAY IN NEWLY CHRISTENED “METROPOLITAN” DIVISION

The Washington Capitals announced their 2013-14 regular season schedule Friday. Under the new schedule format, all teams will play in every city in the league, setting up some interesting road trips throughout the season. 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 Caps open the season in Chicago against the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks on Oct. 1 and start their home slate two days later when they host the Calgary Flames at 7 pm.

Effective 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 Penguins.

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.

Home dates to remember:

  • Oct. 3 – Home opener at Verizon Center versus the Calgary Flames.
  • Oct. 14 – A Columbus Day tilt versus the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Oct. 16 – The New York Rangers make their way to Verizon Center for the first time since the ECQF.
  • Nov. 20 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit of the season to D.C.
  • Jan. 2 – The Capitals kick off 2014 when they host the division rival Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.
  • Feb. 2 – On Super Bowl Sunday the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings make their way to D.C.
  • Mar. 10 – Washington hosts Pittsburgh for the second and final time of the regular season.
  • Apr. 11 – Washington welcomes the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
  • April 13 – Washington concludes the regular-season home schedule at Verizon Center versus Tampa Bay.

OCTOBER

Tue, Oct. 1             at Chicago              8 p.m.
Thu, Oct. 3            Calgary                 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 5              at Dallas                 8 p.m.
Thu, Oct. 10          Carolina                7 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 12           Colorado               7 p.m.
Mon, Oct. 14         Edmonton             7 p.m.
Wed, Oct. 16         N.Y. Rangers        7:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 19           Columbus              7 p.m.
Tue, Oct. 22           at Winnipeg           8 p.m.
Thu, Oct. 24          at Edmonton          9:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 26            at Calgary              10 p.m.
Mon, Oct. 28         at Vancouver         10 p.m.

NOVEMBER

Fri, Nov. 1             at Philadelphia       7 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 2            Florida                  7 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 5           N.Y. Islanders       7 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 7           Minnesota             7 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 9             at Phoenix              8 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 10         at Colorado            8 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 12         Columbus              7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 15           at Detroit                7:30 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 17         St. Louis                6 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 20        Pittsburgh             7:30 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 22          Montreal               7 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 23           at Toronto              7 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 27        Ottawa                  7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 29          Montreal               5 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 30           at N.Y. Islanders    7 p.m

DECEMBER

Tue, Dec. 3            Carolina                7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 7             Nashville               7 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 8            at N.Y. Rangers     7 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 10          Tampa Bay           7 p.m.
Fri, Dec. 13            at Florida               7:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 15          Philadelphia          3 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 17          at Philadelphia       7:30 p.m.
Fri, Dec. 20            at Carolina             7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 21           New Jersey           7 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 23        Anaheim                7 p.m.
Fri, Dec. 27           N.Y. Rangers        7 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 29          at Buffalo              5 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 30         at Ottawa               7:30 p.m.

JANUARY

Thu, Jan. 2            Carolina                7 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 4              at Minnesota          8 p.m.
Thu, Jan. 9             at Tampa Bay        7:30 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 10           Toronto                 7 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 12          Buffalo                  3 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 14          San Jose                7 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 15          at Pittsburgh           8 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 17             at Columbus          7 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 19           at N.Y. Rangers     7:30 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 21          Ottawa                  7 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 24             at New Jersey        7 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 25            at Montreal            7 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 28           at Buffalo              7:30 p.m.
Thu, Jan. 30           at Columbus          7 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 31             at Detroit                7:30 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Sun, Feb. 2            Detroit                  12:30 p.m.
Tue, Feb. 4            N.Y. Islanders       7:30 p.m.
Thu, Feb. 6            Winnipeg               7 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 8             New Jersey           7 p.m.
Thu, Feb. 27          at Florida               7:30 p.m.

MARCH

Sat, March 1          at Boston               1 p.m.
Sun, March 2        Philadelphia          12:30 p.m.
Wed, March 5        at Philadelphia       8 p.m.
Thu, March 6         at Boston               7 p.m.
Sat, March 8         Phoenix                 7 p.m.
Mon, March 10     Pittsburgh             7 p.m.
Tue, March 11       at Pittsburgh           7:30 p.m.
Fri, March 14       Vancouver            7 p.m.
Sun, March 16      Toronto                 3 p.m.
Tue, March 18       at Anaheim            10 p.m.
Thu, March 20       at Los Angeles       10:30 p.m.
Sat, March 22        at San Jose             10:30 p.m.
Tue, March 25      Los Angeles          7 p.m.
Sat, March 29       Boston                   12:30 p.m.
Sun, March 30       at Nashville            8 p.m.

APRIL

Tue, April 1          Dallas                    7 p.m.
Fri, April 4             at New Jersey        7 p.m.
Sat, April 5            at N.Y. Islanders    5 p.m.
Tue, April 8           at St. Louis             8 p.m.
Thu, April 10         at Carolina             7 p.m.
Fri, April 11          Chicago                 7 p.m.
Sun, April 13         Tampa Bay           3 p.m.

All Times Eastern

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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