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Capitals Schedule 2011: Caps Get Just One Game On Opening Weekend

The Washington Capitals open up the 2011 NHL season at home against the Hurricanes

The Washington Capitals get just one game on the opening weekend of the 2011 NHL season. The Caps open with the Carolina Hurricanes at home, Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 PM EST and will be shown live on CSN-DC. After that, the Caps play once again at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night before traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here's the full schedule for this week and next:

Saturday, October 8th vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 PM

Monday, October 10th vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 13th at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 15th vs. Ottawa Senators, 7:00 PM

While some teams open up with three or four games over a five to six day stretch, the Caps get a nicely spaced out start to their 2011 season.

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