Capitals schedule released

January 12, 2013

(Jonathan Newton/Washington Post)

Now that the NHLPA’s 740 members voted to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement and both sides have signed a memorandum of understanding, the lockout is officially over and everyone can get back to focusing on hockey. First order of business was the NHL’s announcement of the 2012-13 season schedule. 

The Capitals will open the shortened 48-game season on the road in Tampa Bay Saturday Jan. 19 and their first home game at Verizon Center is Jan. 22 against the Winnipeg Jets. 

All teams will play an unbalanced division schedule and the Capitals will face Winnipeg and Carolina each five times, while they will see Tampa Bay and Florida each four times.

Meanwhile, Washington will play three games against each of the other 10 teams in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals will host Boston, New Jersey, Buffalo, Toronto and the New York Islanders at Verizon Center twice in the season series, while they will play two-of-three games on the road against Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa and the New York Rangers.

Training camp opens Sunday at KCI in Arlington with players scheduled to be on the ice at 10:30 a.m. All practices are open to the public.

Here’s the full schedule:

January
Sat., Jan. 19  at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 22 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Thu., Jan. 24 vs. Montreal , 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 25 at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 27 vs Buffalo, 3 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 29 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Thu., Jan. 31 at Toronto, 7 p.m.

February
Fri., Feb. 1 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 3  vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 5 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 12 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 14 at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 17 at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
Thu., Feb. 21 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 vs. New Jersey, 12 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 26 vs. Carolina 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 27 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

March
Sat., March 2 at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Tue., March 5 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Thu., March 7 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9 at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.
Sun., March 10  vs. N.Y. Rangers, 12:30 p.m.
Tue., March 12 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thu., March 14 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sat., March 16 at Boston, 1 p.m.
Sun., March 17 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Tue., March 19 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.
Thu., March 21at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Fri., March 22 at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Sun., March 24 at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m.
Tue., March 26 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sat., March 30 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sun., March 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

April
Tue., April 2 at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Thu., April 4 vs. N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 6 at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 7 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Tue., April 9 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Thu., April 11 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 13 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Tue., April 16 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thu., April 18 at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 20 at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Tue., April 23 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Thu., April 25 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Sat., April 27 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

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