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Capitals Announce 2009-10 Regular-Season Schedule

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals’ 82-game regular-season schedule for 2009-10 begins on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Boston Bruins, a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference from last season. The Capitals will make their Verizon Center debut on Saturday, Oct. 3, when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second game of the season.


The 2009-10 NHL schedule format, similar to last season’s, has the Capitals facing the other teams in the Southeast Division six times each and the remaining Eastern Conference opponents four times each. Washington plays each team in the Western Conference at least once, with two games each against Columbus, Detroit and San Jose. Nine Western Conference teams will visit Verizon Center.

The 2009-10 schedule includes a two-week break for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, which will feature NHL players. The Capitals will be off for 17 days from Feb. 14-March 2. They play the first game after the break on the road (March 3 at Buffalo) but are home for the next five games, the longest homestand of the season. That is one of seven homestands of at least three games on the schedule.

Washington has only three stretches of four straight games on the road, one of which is interrupted by the Olympic break and another where the team will return home between games. The team has 13 sets of games on consecutive days, the same number as 2008-09.

More than half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, including nine Friday games, six Saturday games and six Sunday games. The schedule features holiday home games on the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo), the day after Christmas (Dec. 26 vs. New Jersey) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7 vs. Pittsburgh).

All but six of Washington’s home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., with the exceptions all falling on Sunday afternoons.

Television and radio broadcast plans will be released at a later date.

2009-10 Washington Capitals Schedule

October

Thurs., Oct. 1    at Boston    7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 3    Toronto    7 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 6    at Philadelphia    7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 8    N.Y. Rangers    7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 10    at Detroit    7 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 12    New Jersey    7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 15    San Jose    7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 17    Nashville    7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 22    at Atlanta    7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 24    at N.Y. Islanders    7 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 27    Philadelphia    7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 29    at Atlanta    7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 30    N.Y. Islanders    7 p.m.

November
Sun., Nov. 1    Columbus    5 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4    at New Jersey    7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 6    at Florida    7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 7    Florida    7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11    N.Y. Islanders    7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 13    Minnesota    7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 14    at New Jersey    7 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 17    at N.Y. Rangers    7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 20    Montreal    7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 21    at Toronto    7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 23    at Ottawa    7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25    Buffalo    7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 28    at Montreal    7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 30    at Carolina    7 p.m.

December
Thurs., Dec. 3    Florida    7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 5    at Philadelphia    7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 7    at Tampa Bay    7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9    at Buffalo    7 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 11    Carolina    7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 12    at Toronto    7 p.m.
Tues., 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. 23    Buffalo    7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 26    New Jersey    7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 28    Carolina    7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30    at San Jose    10:30 p.m.

January
Sat., Jan. 2    at Los Angeles    4 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 5    Montreal    7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 7    Ottawa    7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 9    at Atlanta    7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 12    at Tampa Bay    7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 13    at Florida    7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15    Toronto    7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17    Philadelphia    3 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 19    Detroit    7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21    at Pittsburgh    7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 23    Phoenix    7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 26    at N.Y. Islanders    7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27    Anaheim    7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 29    Florida    7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 31    Tampa Bay    3 p.m.

February
Tues., Feb. 2    at Boston    7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4    at N.Y. Rangers    7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 5    Atlanta    7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 7    Pittsburgh    12:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 10    at Montreal    7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 11    at Ottawa    7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13    at St. Louis    8 p.m.
    Olympic Break

March
Wed., March 3    at Buffalo    7 p.m.
Thurs., March 4    Tampa Bay    7 p.m.
Sat., March 6    N.Y. Rangers    7 p.m.
Mon., March 8    Dallas    7 p.m.
Wed., March 10    Carolina    7 p.m.
Fri., March 12    Tampa Bay    7 p.m.
Sun., March 14    at Chicago    7 p.m.
Tues., March 16    at Florida    7:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 18    at Carolina    7 p.m.
Sat., March 20    at Tampa Bay    7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 24    Pittsburgh    7 p.m.
Thurs., March 25    at Carolina    7 p.m.
Sun., March 28    Calgary    3 p.m.
Tues., March 30    Ottawa    7 p.m.

April
Thurs., April 1    Atlanta    7 p.m.
Sat., April 3    at Columbus    7 p.m.
Mon., April 5    Boston    7 p.m.
Tues., April 6    at Pittsburgh    7:30 p.m.
Fri., April 9    Atlanta    7 p.m.
Sun., April 11    Boston    3 p.m.

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