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.