A Look at The Capitals First 10 Games – Quick Start Key

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: Evgeny Kuznetsov #92 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his game winning goal at 12:42 of the third period against the New York Islanders in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1 to win the series 4 games to 3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Capitals will be looking to get out of the blocks quickly this next week, more so than usual. With ten percent of their home games occurring during the first week of the season, early wins will be paramount.  However, over the past three season the Caps have traditionally started slow, going a combined 11-17-2.

capture1The Caps kick off their 41st season with four straight home games, including a tilt versus the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd game of the season.  Considering the questionable status of top-line centerman Nicklas Backstrom, and the integration of new key players including T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, and a completely new third defensive line (Orlov and Schmidt projected), the Caps will need to find an early cohesiveness – a tall order considering the number of new faces and the departure of locker room staples such as Mike Green, Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr.

washington-caapitals-scheduleFollowing the 4-straight home games, the Caps immediately head west for their traditional Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton swing, before returning home to face the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday 10/28 and Friday 10/30 respectively.  The Caps will finish their first ten games of the season back on the road again, this time in Florida when they take on the Panthers on Halloween.

With six of the first 10 games at home (or almost 15% of their home schedule), a challenging early west coast swing, and two more tough opponents when they return home from the west coast swing, a good start will provide an early season challenge for the club and a good measuring stick as well.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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