NHL Releases 2020-21 Regular-Season Schedule; Capitals’ Home Opener vs. Sabres On January 22

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After the NHL announced that the NHLPA voted in favor of the key dates, details, and COVID-19 protocols on Sunday afternoon, they released the 56-game regular-season schedule for every team. The regular season will start on Wednesday, January 13. The Washington Capitals will open the 2020-21 season against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagra Center on Thursday, January 14.

Due to the border closure between the United States and Canada, each team will only play intradivisional games during the regular season and the first two rounds of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. [click to enlarge]

Here is the breakdown of the Capitals’ schedule by opponent:

Boston Bruins – 1/30 vs. BOS, 2/1 vs. BOS, 3/3 at BOS, 3/5 at BOS, 4/8 vs. BOS, 4/11 vs. BOS, 4/18 at BOS, 4/20 at BOS

Buffalo Sabres – 1/14 at BUF, 1/15 at BUF, 1/22 vs. BUF, 1/24 vs. BUF, 2/11 at BUF, 2/13 at BUF, 4/13 vs. BUF, 4/15 at BUF

New Jersey Devils – 2/27 at NJ, 3/1 at NJ, 3/7 vs. NJ, 3/9 vs. NJ, 3/25 vs. NJ, 3/26 vs. NJ, 4/2 at NJ, 4/4 at NJ

New York Islanders – 1/26 vs. NYI, 1/28 vs. NYI, 3/15 vs. NYI, 3/16 vs. NYI, 4/1 at NYI, 4/6 at NYI, 4/22 at NYI, 4/24 at NYI

New York Rangers – 2/4 at NYR, 2/20 vs. NYR, 2/21 vs. NYR, 3/19 vs. NYR, 3/28 vs. NYR, 3/30 at NYR, 5/3 at NYR, 5/5 at NYR

Philadelphia Flyers – 2/7 vs. PHI, 2/9 vs. PHI, 3/11 at PHI, 3/13 at PHI, 4/17 at PHI, 4/27 at PHI, 5/7 vs. PHI, 5/8 vs. PHI

Pittsburgh Penguins – 1/17 at PIT, 1/19 at PIT, 2/14 at PIT, 2/16 at PIT, 2/23 vs. PIT, 2/25 vs. PIT, 4/29 vs. PIT, 5/1 vs. PIT

The NHL could sell the naming rights to the divisions to make some money since a lot of markets will not be able to play games with fans in the crowd.

The only changes from the traditional Metropolitan Division include the Sabres and Bruins coming in and the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets going out for only this season.

The Capitals went 11-10-2 against opponents in their division for this season in 2019-20, which would equate to a 27-24-5 record in a 56-game season. But of course, each team has made changes over the offseason and this season will be different. The only teams in the Capitals’ division that did not participate in the NHL’s return-to-play plan last summer were the Sabres and the Devils.

Additional Schedule Notes:

  • Longest road-trip: six (4/17-4/27 – PHI, BOS 2x, NYI 2x, PHI)
  • Longest homestand: six (2x – 1/22-2/1, 3/15-3/28)
  • No bye week but the Capitals will have a five-day break from 3/19-3/25
  • One single-game road trip (at NYR on 2/4)
  • No All-Star Game
  • 10 sets of back-to-backs

The following games take place on January 13, opening night across the league for the 2020-21 season:

  • Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers
  • Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning
  • St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche
  • Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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