May 13, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals players salute the fans after their game against the New York Rangers in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center. The Rangers won 5-0 and won the series 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Previewing Capitals Tickets For The 2013-14 Season

It has to sit heavy in Caps fans’ minds that the team hasn’t won a championship since 1998 and superstar Alexander Ovechkin isn’t getting any younger. The Caps are always formidable, but formidable doesn’t get you past the conference semifinals, which is where the Caps seemingly get bounced from year after year.

It’s scary to think that Ovechkin is entering his 9th season in the league, yet is only 27. While Ovechkin has plenty of years (and millions) left on the 13-year contract he signed in 2008, you have to think the Caps postseason blues are wearing on him and team management.

Will this year be any different for Washington? The team’s roster is largely the same, save for Mikhail Grabovski, who came over from Toronto after a massively disappointing season. Grabovski notched over 50 points in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 campaigns, but tallied only 16 last season and posted a dismal -10 rating. It was no surprise when he was waived and bought-out by Toronto.

Grabovski will likely join a top-6 in Washington that includes Troy Brouwer, who was one of the NHL’s most unlikely stars last season. In the shortened campaign Brouwer tallied nearly 20 goals and served as a vital piece of the Caps’ vaunted PP.

The Caps also love the defensive progression they’ve witnessed from Steven Oleksy and John Carlson. Carlson, especially, seems like he’s going to be a mobile d-man in this league for many years to come.  At the Verizon Center this year, Washington Capitals tickets are  averaging $127, which is a 15 percent price increase from last year’s figure of $110.
Here are the Caps most expensive home matchups this season.
  1.  March 29 vs Boston: Avg Price: $181 (43% above home avg) | Get-in: $58
  2. February 2 vs Detroit: Avg Price: $181 (43% above home avg) | Get-in: $61
  3. March 10 vs Pittsburgh: Avg Price: $172  (35% above home avg) | Get-in: $61
  4. November 20 vs Pittsburgh: Avg Price: $171 (35% above home avg) | Get-in: $61
  5. 5April 11 vs Chicago: Avg Price: $168 (32% above home avg) | Get-in: $65

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