Three Road Trips Caps Fans Must Take in 2014-2015

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Mar 11, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (bottom) makes a save against Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle (83) as Pens center Sidney Crosby (87) defends during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

With hockey season on the horizon, this is a perfect time to grab a calendar and plan some Caps-themed weekend getaways for the winter. There are several hockey destinations within a short drive or train ride of the D.C. area. The following three cities offer affordable trips Caps fans can take in the coming months.

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Pittsburgh, PA

Game to See: Capitals at Penguins – December 27th – 7:00 PM

Driving Distance from D.C.: Four hours

The rivalry has been well-documented over the last several years and, frankly, one-sided over the last year or two (or twenty). Still, there’s an added level of intensity when these two teams meet and now that Adam Oates is gone, perhaps it will even be competitive again.

Plus, there will be no shortage of storylines to thicken the plot. Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen traded in black and gold for red and blue over the offseason, following Assistant Coach Todd Rierden’s path to D.C. The Penguins will still likely be the class of the Metropolitan Division, while the Capitals should once again be in the mix.

The venue: Consol Energy Center – The Penguins are a popular ticket in town, so getting into this state-of-the-art arena is not cheap. However, sight lines are good everywhere, even in the upper level seats close to the rafters, which is likely where you’ll be sitting unless you’re willing to shell out over $150 per ticket.

The cost: Tickets range from $100 in the upper deck to in the $800 in the lower levels near the glass.

What else to do: The Steelers host the Bengals the next day at Heinz field, about a 20-30 minute walk from Consol. Pittsburgh delivers a unique sports experience and this is a rivalry game that figures to have playoff implications on the line.

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