Capitals Release 2023-24 Preseason Schedule

The Washington Capitals released their 2023-24 preseason schedule on Wednesday. The schedule will feature six games against four opponents and will include three games at Capital One Arena. 

The full preseason broadcast schedule and the complete 2023-24 NHL regular season schedule will be released at a later date.


The Capitals will begin their preseason schedule with home games at Capital One Arena against the Buffalo Sabres on Sept. 24 and the Detroit Red Wings on Sept. 28. Washington will then face the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sept. 30 to kick off a stretch of three-straight road contests that will include games on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden and Oct. 5 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Capitals will return to Capital One Arena to host Columbus on Oct. 7 to conclude their preseason.

The Capitals were 4-1-1 in the preseason in 2022-23 and their all-time preseason record is 176-132-33-18.

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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14 Responses to Capitals Release 2023-24 Preseason Schedule

  1. Rich427 says:

    Jon, any word on whether the Caps will hold a Propect Camp/Tournament in SW Florida this year?

    • GRin430 says:

      I’d heard someplace that they would never do that again, due to the numerous injuries suffered during those tournaments.

      • novafyre says:

        They did use that reason for not participating that year, but as Sean said, “Never Say Never Again”

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Development camp dates are typically week after draft. Will be around June 30 to July 7. Nothing on fall prospect camp, but typically a few days before regular camp.

      I haven’t heard anything about a tournament, unfortunately. I really liked those, so hopefully they return this fall. However, there have been reports that the injuries incurred by Caps in recent years at tournaments is a reason they are stepping back from them. We will see.

      • Anonymous says:

        I like rookie tournaments too, but wonder if I’m just dying for hockey at that point😂 I think instruction with/from NHLers is probably more valuable.

      • novafyre says:

        The Penguins yesterday also announced their prospect development camp will take place July 1-3 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. A total of 23 prospects will attend camp, comprising of 12 forwards, seven defensemen, and four goaltenders.

      • novafyre says:

        According to Charlie Roumeliotis of NBCSN Chicago, the Blackhawks made the decision to only have an off-ice development camp when they have their new group of prospects — and a few from previous drafts — in Chicago soon after the 2023 NHL Draft ends.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It would be nice to have one of the camps or maybe a preseason game in Hershey.

    • novafyre says:

      The Bolts are playing the Canes, Preds, and Panthers in preseason. One of Tampa’s home games against the Panthers will be at the Amway Center in Orlando, home of their ECHL affiliate the Solar Bears.

      Tampa isn’t going to go all the way to Syracuse NY to play a preseason game in their AHL affiliate but Hershey really isn’t really that far away from DC (about twice Tampa-Orlando). Seems to me to be very doable.

  3. Rich427 says:

    Yeah, I’m dying for hockey already! Lol Those prospect camps/tournaments were normally early September, I think. Panthers, Bolts, Preds, and Caps. They were open to the public. Just walk in, sit were you like, and watch some young kids play hockey. Great opportunity to see some kids wearing Caps jerseys and trying to impress Cap management.

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    • novafyre says:

      Searched the internet.
      When the 4 teams played in 2015 it was called Germain Arena, not Hertz.

      The 2016 tournament (same 4 teams) was at Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, Fla.

      The 4 team 2017 tournament in Estero was cancelled due to Irma.

      The 2018 Estero tournament excluded the Panthers.

      The 2019 Tournament with players from the Hurricanes, Lightning, Capitals and Predators, was at Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee. Jon Sorenson reported that Sutter got injured during the Canes game and did not return. Caps won. Jon reported that Alex Alexeyev would leave the game at the end of the second period and not return in the OT loss to the Preds. He also reported that Caps lost to the Bolts in the third game. Carbs was the Caps coach for the tournament.

      I cannot find anything about a 2020 tournament. 2020 was the start of COVID and generated lots of changes.

      This same Jon guy reported “A source with the Washington Capitals tells NoVa Caps that the team will hold a “rookie camp” (date/location-TBA) before the Capitals open training camp in September, but will not participate in a rookie tournament in advance of the 2022-23 season.

      Prior the pandemic, the Capitals often participated in four-team prospect tournaments as a tuneup before the team’s regular season training camp. The Capitals last participated in a prospect tournament with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators in Nashville, Tennessee back in September of 2019.

      The Capitals sustained several injuries at the end of the 2019 tournament. Top defensive prospect Alex Alexeyev was injured by a questionable hit in the last tournament game against the Nashville Predators prospects on September 8, 2019. He would miss the following two weeks before returning to skating on September 21.”

      • Rich427 says:

        Hey fyre, I think after the Everblades and the Germain Arena were sold to the current owners, The Hoffman Family Group, they entered into a new contract for the arena’s naming rights with Hertz. 7 to 10 years ago Hertz relocated their corporate headquarters from New Jersey to a few miles from the arena in Estero. Anyway, I do miss those prospect tournaments.

        • novafyre says:

          I remembered the arena name change but couldn’t remember when. I too thought of the tournament as a yearly Estero thing and was surprised to find one cancelled by Irma, one in Coral Springs, and the last one in Nashville.

          That Jon dude’s reporting at the time is as I remember — the quote was that they would not participate that year, no mention of forever. And since Carbs was the HC of the prospects at the tournament, he might prefer to do it. Time will tell.

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