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Capitals Announce 2016-17 Regular-Season Schedule

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League today announced the 2016-17 regular-season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, with the first home game of the campaign set for Saturday, Oct. 15, against the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.

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The NHL will pause for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 28-29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. In addition, the Capitals schedule will pause for a six-day break from Feb. 12-17.

Washington has seven homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from Nov. 16-25. The Capitals have seven stretches of at least three consecutive road games and a season-high five-game road trip from March 28-April 4. In addition, the Capitals will have 16 sets of back-to-back games.

Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes five games on Friday, seven on Saturday and six on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Election Day (Nov. 8 vs. San Jose), the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1 vs. Ottawa) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5 vs. Los Angeles). This marks the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and the ninth consecutive season the Capitals will host a game on Super Bowl Sunday.

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on the Caps Radio Network (flagship station FAN 106.7), CapsRadio247.com, WashingtonCaps.com and on the Washington Caps mobile app.

Home dates to remember:

Oct. 15 – Home opener at Verizon Center against the New York Islanders.

Oct. 22 – The New York Ranges make their first of two visits to Verizon Center.

Nov. 8 – Washington hosts the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks on Election Day.

Nov. 16 – The Capitals face the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center.

Jan. 1 – Washington hosts the Ottawa Senators on New Year’s Day.

Jan. 13 – The Chicago Blackhawks make their lone visit to Verizon Center.

Jan. 15 – The Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time since eliminating Philadelphia in the ECQF.

Feb. 5 – Washington hosts the Los Angeles Kings on Super Bowl Sunday.

March 16 – The Capitals host head coach Barry Trotz’s former team, the Nashville Predators.

April 9 – Washington completes its 2016-17 schedule against the Florida Panthers at Verizon Center.

Washington Capitals 2016-17 Schedule

OCTOBER

Thu, Oct. 13 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 15 NY Islanders 7 p.m.

Tue, Oct. 18 Colorado 7 p.m.

Thu, Oct. 20 at Florida 7:30 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 22 NY Rangers 7 p.m.

Wed, Oct. 26 at Edmonton 9:30 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 29 at Vancouver 10 p.m.

Sun, Oct. 30 at Calgary 9:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER

Tue, Nov. 1 at Winnipeg 8 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 3 Winnipeg 7 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 5 Florida 7 p.m.

Tue, Nov. 8 San Jose 7 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 11 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 12 at Carolina 7 p.m.

Tue, Nov. 15 at Columbus 7 p.m.

Wed, Nov. 16 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 18 Detroit 7 p.m.

Sun, Nov. 20 Columbus 12:30 p.m.

Wed, Nov. 23 St. Louis 7 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 25 Buffalo 5 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 26 at Toronto 7 p.m.

DECEMBER

Thu, Dec. 1 NY Islanders 7 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 3 at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 5 Buffalo 7 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 7 Boston 8 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 9 at Buffalo 7 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 11 Vancouver 5 p.m.

Tue, Dec. 13 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 16 at Carolina 7:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 17 Montreal 7 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 21 at Philadelphia 8 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 23 Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tue, Dec. 27 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.

Thu, Dec. 29 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 31 at New Jersey 1 p.m.

JANUARY

Sun, Jan. 1 Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Tue, Jan. 3 Toronto 7 p.m.

Thu, Jan. 5 Columbus 7 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 7 at Ottawa 7 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 9 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Wed, Jan. 11 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 13 Chicago 7 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 15 Philadelphia 12:30 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 16 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.

Thu, Jan. 19 at St. Louis 8 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 21 at Dallas 8 p.m.

Mon, Jan. 23 Carolina 7 p.m.

Tue, Jan. 24 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Thu, Jan. 26 at New Jersey 7 p.m.

Tue, Jan. 31 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.

FEBRUARY

Wed, Feb. 1 Boston 8 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 4 at Montreal 1 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 5 Los Angeles 12 p.m.

Tue, Feb. 7 Carolina 7 p.m.

Thu, Feb. 9 Detroit 7 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 11 Anaheim 7 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 18 at Detroit 2 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 19 at NY Rangers 12:30 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 22 at Philadelphia 8 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 24 Edmonton 7 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 25 at Nashville 5 p.m.

Tue, Feb. 28 at NY Rangers 7 p.m.

MARCH

Thu, March 2 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Sat, March 4 Philadelphia 7 p.m.

Mon, March 6 Dallas 7 p.m.

Thu, March 9 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.

Sat, March 11 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.

Sun, March 12 at Anaheim 9:30 p.m.

Tue, March 14 Minnesota 7 p.m.

Thu, March 16 Nashville 7 p.m.

Sat, March 18 at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tue, March 21 Calgary 7 p.m.

Thu, March 23 Columbus 7 p.m.

Sat, March 25 Arizona 7 p.m.

Tue, March 28 at Minnesota 8 p.m.

Wed, March 29 at Colorado 10 p.m.

Fri, March 31 at Arizona 10 p.m.

APRIL

Sun, April 2 at Columbus 6 p.m.

Tue, April 4 at Toronto 7:30 p.m.

Wed, April 5 NY Rangers 8 p.m.

Sat, April 8 at Boston 3 p.m.

Sun, April 9 Florida 7 p.m.

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