The Washington Capitals know who they’re playing in the Winter Classic (the Chicago Blackhawks) and now they know who they will face in the first game of the season: The Montreal Canadiens.
The #Caps will host the Canadiens in their 2014-15 home opener on Oct. 9,
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) June 21, 2014
From the Washington Capitals PR department:
The Washington Capitals will host the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center on Oct. 9 in the team’s opening game of the 2014-15 season, the National Hockey League and Washington Capitals announced today.
The Capitals are 6-1-0 all-time in season openers at Verizon Center and will face Montreal in its opening game of the season for the first time in franchise history. Washington posted a 2-1-0 record against the Canadiens last season and are 36-30-9-1 all-time against Montreal at home. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin registered four points (three goals, one assist) in three games against the Canadiens in 2013-14 and Braden Holtby posted a 2-0-0 record with one shutout, a 0.96 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage.
Next season will be the 40th anniversary of the Washington Capitals franchise. The rest of the schedule will be released tomorrow at 4:00 PM.
Here’s another interesting fact about the Washington Capitals and the Canadiens:
Fun fact per the Caps: They’ve never opened the season against Montreal.
— Ted Starkey (@TedStarkey) June 21, 2014