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Caps Schedule Announced

First the Caps go out and spend millions of dollars on UFAs. Then they find out today they're also going to get some help from the schedule makers next season.

Not a bad July.

There are four homestands of at least four games, including a five-game stretch from Jan. 9-19. But more importantly, the Caps close out the season with three consecutive games at Verizon Center.

The major hurdles would appear to be a difficult November slate, which features eight away games, including two sets of back-to-back games. Also, the Capitals will play six consecutive games on the road in March, as Verizon Center plays host to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Because of the rotating Western Conference schedule, the Northwest Division will visit the District next season while the Capitals travel to the Central Division for the first time since 2003-04.

Here's a link to the whole thing:

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 11, 2007; 2:27 PM ET
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Pencil me in for Sat Oct 20, 2007 against the Penguins. I want revenge!!

Posted by: cbstoner | July 11, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse


That 6 game trip in March could be the back-breaker on a playoff push.

It's not only a 6 game trip, it's a 6 game in 11 days trip. No rest for the weary.

Posted by: Kim | July 11, 2007 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Whatever ever happened to the classic home-home series? What's with all of the back-to-back road games? I hate you Bettman for foisting this "rotation" schedule upon us.

Posted by: tallbear | July 11, 2007 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Pretty blah schedule for road trips. Guess that's what landing the Central will do to a schedule. The Nashville-Chicago midweek combos looks appealing, too bad its not on a weekend. The two games in NJ are both Friday nights, good opportunity to see the new arena.

Other than those, and an always on the schedule weekend Florida-Tampa trip in mid-February or perhaps MSG in October, there's not too much for road trips. Couple of opportunities for buses to Carolina/Philly/Long Island though...

Posted by: Jay | July 11, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

any idea where to find the pre season dates?

Posted by: tandtb13 | July 11, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

OFB has the preseason schedule posted.

Posted by: frets | July 11, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Tallbear your right, Gary Bettman is an idiot.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | July 11, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Any complaints as to the schedule I refer you to the Devils schedule. They open with a 9 game road trip! Most likely due to the fact they have a new arena. There first home game is Oct. 27...the first event at the arena is the 25th, a Bon Jovi concert. :)

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | July 11, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse


more people in jersey probably care about bon jovi than the devils, to be fair.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | July 12, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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