WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals, Troy Brouwer #20 of the Washington Capitals, and Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals after scoring a goal against the Calgary Flames at Verizon Center on January 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The Capitals open their season against the New Jersey Devils on October 12 at Verizon Center.
The schedule for the 2012-13 NHL season was released on Thursday morning, and it features the Capitals opening their season at home. The schedule is pending the negotiations of a new CBA that could potentially feature a lockout in the stylings of the NFL and NBA recently, but according to Travis Hughes, it's not nearly time to panic yet.
Highlighting the Capitals schedule is a home opener against the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils on Friday, October 12. On Sunday, February 3 the Capitals will face the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the first time at home and again on Friday, February 15 in Los Angeles.
The season finishes for the Capitals at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, April 13. The entire schedule for the Capitals and the rest of the NHL can be found on NHL.com.
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