ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today announced the club's season and home opener for the 2019-20 season. Washington will open the season at Enterprise Center on Oct. 2 against the St. Louis Blues, who will raise their first Stanley Cup banner. The Capitals home opener will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. at Capital One Arena.
The Capitals are 16-2-1-1 all-time in home openers at Capital One Arena and will face Carolina in their home opener for the fourth time in franchise history (2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12), 3-0-0 record in those games. Washington posted a 4-0-0 record against Carolina last season and is 35-16-2-4 all-time at home. John Carlson (2g, 5a) led the Capitals with seven points in four games against Carolina in 2018-19. Alex Ovechkin recorded six points (4g, 2a) in four games against the Hurricanes last season. Ovechkin's four goals tied for the most he scored against an opponent in 2018-19 (Detroit, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay). Braden Holtby posted a 4-0-0 record against the Hurricanes last season with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.
The Capitals' full schedule and League's complete 1,271-game schedule will be released on Tuesday, June 25 at 12 p.m. ET.