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Capitals release 2015-16 schedule


Capitals release 2015-16 schedule

Here’s a quick look at the Capitals’ 2015-16 schedule with analysis to follow:

The Caps will open the season against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

The NHL will pause for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 30-31 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Capitals will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Feb. 7, marking the ninth time in the last 10 seasons and the eighth consecutive season the Capitals will host a game on Super Bowl Sunday.

Washington has four homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being five-game stretches at Verizon Center from Nov. 19-27 and Jan. 22-Feb. 4. The Capitals have eight stretches of at least three consecutive road games and a season-high five-game road trip from Dec. 31-Jan. 9. In addition, the Capitals will have 13 sets of back-to-back games.


Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes eight games on Friday, seven on Saturday and four on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 vs. Tampa Bay), and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 7 vs. Philadelphia).

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date.

Home dates to remember:

  • Oct. 10 – Season opener at Verizon Center against the New Jersey Devils.
  • Oct. 15 – The Capitals face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at Verizon Center.
  • Oct. 28 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit of the season to Verizon Center.
  • Nov. 27 – The defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning visit D.C. for the first time.
  • Jan. 17 – The New York Rangers make their way to Verizon Center for the first time since the ECSF.
  • Feb. 4 – The Capitals host the Islanders for the first time since eliminating New York in the ECQF.
  • Feb. 7 – On Super Bowl Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers make their way to D.C.
  • March 18 – The Capitals host head coach Barry Trotz’s former team, the Nashville Predators.
  • April 7 – The Capitals complete their 2015-16 home schedule against the Penguins at Verizon Center.


Sat, Oct. 10           New Jersey           7 p.m.

Tue, Oct. 13          San Jose                7 p.m.

Thu, Oct. 15          Chicago                 7 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 17           Carolina                7 p.m.

Tue, Oct. 20           at Calgary              9 p.m.

Thu, Oct. 22          at Vancouver         10 p.m.

Fri, Oct. 23            at Edmonton          9 p.m.

Wed, Oct. 28         Pittsburgh             8 p.m.

Fri, Oct. 30           Columbus              7 p.m.

Sat, Oct. 31            at Florida               7 p.m.


Tue, Nov. 3           at NY Rangers       7 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 5           Boston                   7 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 7            Toronto                 7 p.m.

Tue, Nov. 10         at Detroit                7:30 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 12         at Philadelphia       7 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 13          Calgary                 7 p.m.

Wed, Nov. 18        at Detroit                8 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 19         Dallas                    7 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 21          Colorado               7 p.m.

Mon, Nov. 23        Edmonton             7 p.m.

Wed, Nov. 25        Winnipeg               7 p.m.

Fri, Nov. 27          Tampa Bay           5 p.m.

Sat, Nov. 28           at Toronto              7 p.m.


Thu, Dec. 3            at Montreal            7:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 5             at Winnipeg           3 p.m.

Tue, Dec. 8            Detroit                  7 p.m.

Thu, Dec. 10          at Florida               7:30 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 12           at TampaBay        7 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 14         at Pittsburgh           7 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 16        Ottawa                  7 p.m.

Fri, Dec. 18           Tampa Bay           7 p.m.

Sun, Dec. 20          at NY Rangers       7 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 21         at Carolina             7 p.m.

Sat, Dec. 26           Montreal               7 p.m.

Mon, Dec. 28         at Buffalo              7 p.m.

Wed, Dec. 30        Buffalo                  7 p.m.

Thu, Dec. 31          at Carolina             6 p.m.


Sat, Jan. 2              at Columbus          7 p.m.

Tue, Jan. 5             at Boston               7 p.m.

Thu, Jan. 7             at NY Islanders      7 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 9              at NY Rangers       1 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 10          Ottawa                  7 p.m.

Thu, Jan. 14          Vancouver            7 p.m.

Sat, Jan. 16            at Buffalo              7 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 17          NY Rangers          5 p.m.

Tue, Jan. 19           at Columbus          7 p.m.

Fri, Jan. 22           Anaheim                7 p.m.

Sun, Jan. 24          Pittsburgh             12:30 p.m.

Wed, Jan. 27         Philadelphia          8 p.m.


Tue, Feb. 2            Florida                  7 p.m.

Thu, Feb. 4            NY Islanders         7 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 6              at New Jersey        1 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 7            Philadelphia          12 p.m.

Tue, Feb. 9            at Nashville            8 p.m.

Thu, Feb. 11          at Minnesota          8 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 13            at Dallas                 8 p.m.

Tue, Feb. 16          Los Angeles          7 p.m.

Thu, Feb. 18          at NY Islanders      7 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 20           New Jersey           7 p.m.

Mon, Feb. 22         Arizona                 7 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 24         Montreal               7 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 26           Minnesota             7 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 28          at Chicago              12:30 p.m.


Wed, March 2       Toronto                 7 p.m.

Fri, March 4         NY Rangers          7 p.m.

Sat, March 5          at Boston               7 p.m.

Mon, March 7        at Anaheim            10 p.m.

Wed, March 9        at Los Angeles       10:30 p.m.

Sat, March 12        at San Jose             10:30 p.m.

Tue, March 15      Carolina                7 p.m.

Fri, March 18       Nashville               7 p.m.

Sun, March 20       at Pittsburgh           6 p.m.

Tue, March 22       at Ottawa               7:30 p.m.

Fri, March 25         at New Jersey        7 p.m.

Sat, March 26       St. Louis                7 p.m.

Mon, March 28     Columbus              7 p.m.

Wed, March 30      at Philadelphia       8 p.m.


Fri, April 1             at Colorado            9 p.m.

Sat, April 2            at Arizona              10 p.m.

Tue, April 5          NY Islanders         7 p.m.

Thu, April 7          Pittsburgh             7 p.m.

Sat, April 9            at St. Louis             8 p.m.



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Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 62: Capitals vs. Sabres Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Buffalo Sabres

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Sabres will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Sabres game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (34-20-7) take on the Sabres (18-32-11) Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Capital One Arena.


The Capitals-Sabres game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Sabres
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Sabres game:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek


The Capitals-Panthers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

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Capitals Extra Podcast: Trade deadline story time with Alan May

Alan May knows a thing or two about the trade deadline.

Over the course of his NHL career, May was traded five total times, four at the trade deadline. He sits down with Rob Carlin on a special edition of the Capitals Extra Podcast to tell stories from his playing days about what it was like getting traded.

This one's a can't miss for hockey fans. You can listen to the episode here on the Capitals Extra page or with the player below.