The 2019-20 NHL regular season is quickly approaching, as training camps officially open in a couple of weeks. The Washington Capitals are getting prepared for another long 82-game regular season grind, and perhaps a couple of more months after the regular season concludes.
The NHL schedule is not an easy gauntlet for any club, as there are very rarely any cupcake games on the slate. The Washington Capitals schedule is going to be challenging once again, but the Capitals are constructed well and have tremendous depth in their lineup to withstand this lengthy grind.
October 2 – October 18
The Capitals open the regular season with a tough slate of games. In this stretch of 2 weeks, they play in nine games, and against seven teams that made the postseason a year ago. They will open the regular season on the road against the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues on October 2. The playoff teams from last season that they will see in this stretch include: St. Louis, New York Islanders, Carolina, Dallas, Nashville, Colorado, and Toronto.
December 27 – January 5
During this stretch of games, the Capitals will get a heavy dose of the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals will face Carolina twice, Columbus, and the New York Islanders during this stretch. They will close this stretch of games at home against the San Jose Sharks.
February 8 – February 17
During this stretch of games, the Capitals will begin with two tough home games against Philadelphia and New York Islanders. After these two games (which is part of a four-game home stand), the Capitals will head out West to face Colorado, Arizona, and Vegas. The Avalanche and Golden Knights are expected to be in the postseason again this season, and the Coyotes are improving and tend to give the Capitals fits whenever they face them.
November 15 – November 23
During this stretch of games, the Capitals will play three games at home and two on the road. Their road travels will take them to New York and Boston. The Capitals usually tend to play well in Boston, and they have had the Bruins number there in recent years. Their home games during this stretch include visits from Montreal, Anaheim, and Vancouver. Those three clubs missed the postseason a year ago.
November 30 – December 6
During this road trip, the Capitals will visit the Detroit Red Wings and then will travel out West to California. Normally, the California road trip can go either way for the Capitals, but the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are expected to be in a bit of a rebuild this season.
March 9 – March 20
During this stretch of games, the Capitals will have four home games and two road games. The Capitals home slate during this stretch includes visits from four non-playoff teams from a season ago: Detroit, Chicago, Edmonton, and Ottawa. The Capitals two road games on this trip are in Buffalo and Columbus.
By: George Foussekis