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Caps Announce Regular Season Schedule

There will be no easing into next regular season for the Caps. They open in Boston on Oct. 1 in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two regular season teams from a year ago.

That game kicks off what figures to be an exciting (and daunting) first week of the 2009-10 campaign. The Caps open up at home against the revamped Maple Leafs on Oct. 3, then face Chris Pronger and the Flyers in Philly on Oct. 6. Two nights after that, the Caps host Donald Brashear and the Rangers, then two days after that, they face the runner up Red Wings in Detroit.

Whew.

Some other schedule highlights:

*The Caps face No. 1 overall draft pick John Tavares twice in October.

*There's no New Year's home game this year, the first time since 1988-89 that's happened (no teams other than the Winter Classic participants are playing that day). Instead, the Caps will be in the middle of two-game California trip to San Jose and Los Angeles.

*As mentioned yesterday, the Caps are in Montreal on Nov. 28, but there's been no official mention of a game being played in Olympic Stadium. Stayed tuned on that one.

*The Caps' first game against the rival Penguins is Jan. 21 at Mellon Arena. They also play on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7) at 12:30 p.m.

*The break for the Vancouver Games stretches from Feb. 14-March 2, but the Caps still only have 13-sets of back-to-backs -- the same number as last year and four fewer than the last Olympic year.

Click below for the entire schedule.

Date Opponent Time
Thurs., Oct. 1at Boston7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3Toronto7 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 6at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 8N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 10at Detroit7 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 12New Jersey7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 15San Jose7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17Nashville7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 22at Atlanta7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24at N.Y. Islanders7 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 27Philadelphia7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 29at Atlanta7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30N.Y. Islanders7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 1Columbus5 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4at New Jersey7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 6at Florida7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7Florida7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11N.Y. Islanders7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 13Minnesota7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 14at New Jersey7 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 17at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20Montreal7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 21at Toronto7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 23at Ottawa7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25Buffalo7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 28at Montreal7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 30at Carolina7 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 3Florida7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 7at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9at Buffalo7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 11Carolina7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 12at Toronto7 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15at Colorado9:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 18at Vancouver10 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 19at Edmonton10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 23Buffalo7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 26New Jersey7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 28Carolina7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30at San Jose10:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 2at Los Angeles4 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 5Montreal7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 7Ottawa7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 9at Atlanta7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 12at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 13at Florida7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15Toronto7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17Philadelphia3 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 19Detroit7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 23Phoenix7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 26at N.Y. Islanders7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27Anaheim7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 29Florida7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 31Tampa Bay3 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 2at Boston7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 5Atlanta7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 7Pittsburgh12:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 10at Montreal7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 11at Ottawa7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13at St. Louis8 p.m.
Olympic Break
Wed., March 3at Buffalo7 p.m.
Thurs., March 4Tampa Bay7 p.m.
Sat., March 6N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Mon., March 8Dallas7 p.m.
Wed., March 10Carolina7 p.m.
Fri., March 12Tampa Bay7 p.m.
Sun., March 14at Chicago7 p.m.
Tues., March 16at Florida7:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 18at Carolina7 p.m.
Sat., March 20at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 24Pittsburgh7 p.m.
Thurs., March 25at Carolina7 p.m.
Sun., March 28Calgary3 p.m.
Tues., March 30Ottawa7 p.m.
Thurs., April 1Atlanta7 p.m.
Sat., April 3at Columbus7 p.m.
Mon., April 5Boston7 p.m.
Tues., April 6at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
Fri., April 9Atlanta7 p.m.
Sun., April 11Boston3 p.m.

All Times Eastern

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  July 15, 2009; 3:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

Start the season off and end against Boston. We are going to dominate all season! AGAIN!!

-Go Caps

Posted by: ZMANN84 | July 15, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hot damn I can't wait!!!!!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | July 15, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah. And OV will be the first since Gretzky to win back to back to back MVP'S!!

Posted by: ZMANN84 | July 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me there aren't any stupid Versus blackouts, especially those Oct games on Tuesday vs Flyers.

Posted by: tominfl1 | July 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

pens at caps on super bowl sunday. wouldn't it be great if the skins were playing the steelers in the super bowl....we can dream i suppose.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | July 15, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Detroit, San Jose, and Columbus are our 3 home and home western opponents this year. Anyone say WOW!!!!

Stinks that the Bears' home opener is the 3rd also, would have been nice if there was a way that both teams could've played on separate nights for their home openers, oh well, BRING ON THE LEAFS on banner raising night part 2 (the practice for lots of banners going up on the 2010-11 opener)

Posted by: BBDwrestling | July 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tarik for the Hunter interview, I really enjoyed reading that.
4me the Capitals gr8's start with Dennis & Guy, Rod, Dale & Olie..
I'm ready for the fall! :)

Posted by: Max231 | July 15, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1: The Flyers will never be subject to a Versus blackout because both the channel and the team are owned by Comcast.

Posted by: swags | July 15, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Also have Dallas and "Phoenix" visiting.

Posted by: saintex | July 15, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

And Anaheim and Minnesota.

Posted by: saintex | July 15, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm giddy.

Posted by: Boo- | July 15, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

no new years day game? that was an awesome tradition (except last year when at the winter classic) and it sucks they stopped it.

can't wait for Dec 5th in philly

Posted by: _stevo | July 15, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This seems like a favorable schedule for the Caps overall. Only 7 home games from mid-November through New Year's is brutal, but no horrible west coast road trip and 7 of the last 10 at home.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | July 15, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Ok time to start the count down until October 1st. God I can't wait!!!!

Oh and at least we end the season at home again this year.

Posted by: pkendrick | July 15, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Seems they did away with the end-of-year only dvisional games thing they had going the last few years

Posted by: amorris525 | July 15, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I see the makings of a pretty good New Years in California doing a road trip. Start up in San Jose on 12/29. Spend New years in San Fran or LA. Catch Caps/kings on 1/2, and then Skins/Chargers on 1/3. Not a bad DC sports trip

Posted by: ajian1 | July 15, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@ ajian1

Agreed - I plan on going to the SJ game actually.

Posted by: JG-CapsFan | July 15, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

When is windjammer going to chime in and give us a breakdown of who we have left to play and how easy the schedule is???

Maybe WaPo gave him a reprieve this season and he'll be able to post his ridiculous synopsis' again.

:P

Posted by: puckman | July 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

ajian1 I am totally stealing that idea as if it were my own but I love it and I am going to do it.

Posted by: pkendrick | July 15, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

For those of us with less money than was necessary to procure season tickets, anybody know when individual came tickets or something like 5- or 10-game packages go on sale?

Posted by: SmallZ827 | July 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys - hate to sound like a rook' ... but when do single-game tickets start going on sale? I'll be in Boston that weekend ...

Thanks in advance!

Posted by: reddog278 | July 15, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Where'd the other post go, about ShaMo, Bourque and Pinni signing their offer sheets?

Posted by: DaleHunter | July 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

According to Tarik on Twitter: Mo and Bourque signed and returned their QO's. Pinizzotto signed a two-year, two-way deal.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 15, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody else see the hyperlink that was stating the Caps had resigned Morrisonn (as well as two others) only to have it disappear when you clicked on it?

Posted by: ouvan59 | July 15, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Here are some key notes

Home Games
Monday - 4
Tuesday - 4
Wed - 6
Thursday - 6
Friday - 9
Saturday - 5
Sunday - 6

Thoughts: Lots of Friday games...wish those 14 Fri-Sat games were split more evenly, but I'll survive.

Nov 14th through Dec 19th - 4 home 13 road - BRUTAL

Last 2 weeks of January - 7 home 2 away

After Olympic Break - 12 home 8 away

+- on home vs away
Oct +1 home
Nov -2
Dec -4
Jan +3
Feb -3
March +2
April +2

7 of last 10 at home

Posted by: SA-Town | July 15, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So I would like to hear what you guys think....

5 biggest Home Games on the schedule..??

OPENING NIGHT
CAPS vs FLYERS SUNDAY 1/17
CAPS vs PENS SUNDAY 2/7
CAPS VS RANGERS SAT 3/6
CAPS VS BRUINS SUN 4/10

What do you guys think?

Posted by: DCSPORTS | July 15, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's what the Insider post said, too, but it has vaporized. Just assume I responded to it with great insight.

Posted by: SmallZ827 | July 15, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or are there way less afternoon games than last year? I count only four 3pm games, one 4pm, and one 12:30pm. Seemed like we played a lot of 1:00 games last season...

Posted by: Langway4Eva | July 15, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I noticed that, too. When I refreshed, I got an error message that the page couldn't be found.

So...

Just in case it's totally lost, here's the countdown clock to the open of the season.

http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=10&day=1&year=2009&hour=19&min=00&sec=00&p0=263

Posted by: Greg S. | July 15, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

SmallZ827 is wise indeed.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 15, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

December is a -3...sorry

Posted by: SA-Town | July 15, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Just got done putting them into my calender!!!! Is it September yet????? Ahrgh!!!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | July 15, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I hate that our two home games vs Boston are at the end...garbage...

Posted by: SA-Town | July 15, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

RE; the Dec/Jan California roadtrip to see Skins/Caps...if a number of folks do it we should coordinate meeting up and culminate with a nice tailgate in San Diego

Posted by: ajian1 | July 15, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@thiazzi

Unfortunately the other thread is back now to reveal that it was, in fact, not nearly as brilliant as I had hoped. Alas.

Posted by: SmallZ827 | July 15, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

@ ajian1

agreed. I can at least go to the SJ game.

Posted by: JG-CapsFan | July 15, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Caps only have five Far West games all year -
Tue., Dec 15 at Colorado 9:30 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 18 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 19 at Edmonton 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 2 at Los Angeles 4:00 p.m.

And they are enclosed within an 8-game stretch, the other three being back home around Christmas. I think that's a good break.

Posted by: tominfl1 | July 15, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Langway4Eva don't forget that they can flex any of the Sunday games to the NBC game of the week. Off hand I can see the Pens game on 2/7 flexed to 12:30or the Bruins game on 4/11 to end the season.

Posted by: pkendrick | July 15, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1 said: pens at caps on super bowl sunday. wouldn't it be great if the skins were playing the steelers in the super bowl....we can dream i suppose.

I'd be rooting for opposite teams in that case - Steelers over Skins and Caps over Pens. My sports loyalties are all messed up. Product of moving as a kid (and as an adult), I suppose. In any case, LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: BigRed8 | July 15, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Also have Dallas and "Phoenix" visiting.

Posted by: saintex | July 15, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The Coyotes will def be in Phoenix for 2009-10 even if Balsillie manages to phenagle his way into purchasing the team. There's little to no chance they could get the arena in Hamilton ready in time for the upcoming season. There's also the problem of the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs playing in that arena. All that being said, Jan 23rd could likely be the last time the 'Yotes will visit DC in their current incarnation.

On another note, in case you missed it (and I don't know why it's not on the Caps website), but here's the Caps pre-season sched, courtesy of Japers' Rink:

Date Opponent Location Time

TBA @ Buffalo HSBC Arena TBA

Sat. 9/19 @ Chicago United Center 8:30pm

Mon. 9/21 Buffalo Verizon 7:00pm

Wed. 9/23 Chicago Verizon 7:00pm

Th. 9/24 @ N.Y. Rangers MSG 7:00 pm

Sun. 9/27 N.Y. Rangers Verizon 12:00 pm

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | July 15, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be visiting DC the one weekend in October where both Thurs and Saturday games are away. And the Dallas game is in DC this year.
:(

That's fine as long as the Caps make it to the Cup round so I can have a reason to fly up and see a game.

Posted by: austinsteve | July 15, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

RE; the Dec/Jan California roadtrip to see Skins/Caps...if a number of folks do it we should coordinate meeting up and culminate with a nice tailgate in San Diego

Posted by: ajian1 | July 15, 2009 3:59 PM

The Caps sold package trips for the California games last season, so maybe they'll do the same this year. It'd be cool if they could work with the Redskins to include the game in San Diego. Maybe someone with connections should suggest this?

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | July 15, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the first period of today's scrimmage, man was it good to watch some real-ish hockey

Posted by: superpaqman | July 15, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who use Google calendar, I made a calendar of all the home games (away games to follow). You can find it by searching for:

Washington Capitals 2009-2010 Home Game Schedule

in the Google calendar search.

Posted by: AMHV2772 | July 15, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

(REPOST)
Ogie Oglethorpe in a Caps jersey.
Posted by: fanohock1 | July 15, 2009 1:36 PM


@fanohock1:

OK, fine, 3,000 + PIM’s, etc., etc.

However, regarding pride vs. shame, we’ll have to agree to disagree. The real point is that although Huntzie may indeed have been a goon by some standards, he was nevertheless OUR goon!

I will always remember a faceoff he took against Yzerman in the SC Final in '98: The immediate stinky glove that followed spoke volumes about his courage in refusing to be intimidated by the Red Wings mystique.


Posted by: Rhino40 | July 15, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I was trashed for my opinion on Dale Hunter, oh well. A few got mad at me because they got so livid they didn't even finish reading. For example dkidwell61 accused me of not having my facts straight
regarding the Turgeon hit and subsequent Hunter suspension. I never said that Turgeon missed 1/4 of the following season due to Hunter's hit, I said, and if one was a knowledgable hockey fan I wouldn't have had to say, that Hunter missed 1/4 of the following season because he was suspended. Turgeon was injured, but returned that same playoff season.

I was a Caps fan before Hunter got here, and I friggin' loved him when he scored the game 7 overtime winner against the Flyers. He just took too many penalties at bad times from that point on. Someone compared him to Avery which is probably a good comparison. Now Avery has a lot more points to log to be as good of a pest as Hunter, but he did the same annoying things. I have seen a lot of Caps fans say they wouldn't even like Avery if he was here, would those same people be disgusted with Hunter's style of play? We'll never know.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 15, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Also, someone tried to say that by my definition of goon that players like Messier would be a goon. Messier played over 300 more NHL games than Hunter, and had just short of half of Hunter's 3500+ minutes. I know this horse is dead, but Hunter is 2nd all time for time for sitting in the sin bin. Often taking those penalties at bad times.

Anyhow, the season sked is out and I'm ready for the season to start

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 15, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

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