The Washington Capitals 2021-22 season begins on Oct. 13 when they host the New York Rangers. I wouldn’t say that matchup is a tough game but it certainly won’t be easy either. There will be fights.
The Caps will open with three home games with the second game being against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the third game against the Colorado Avalanche. Six of the eight October games are at home.
Which games are worth circling on your calendar and will be challenging contests for the Caps? Let’s dive in.
#5 Jan. 10 vs. Boston Bruins
For the first time since Game 5 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Boston Bruins make their return to the district for a Monday night playoff rematch. During the regular season, the Caps held a 4-4 record as both teams were pretty much evenly matched. Perhaps adding fuel to the rivalry last year was Washington’s addition of Zdeno Chara.
In the playoffs, the Caps won the first game thanks to an overtime goal from Nic Dowd but dropped the next four. In that series, Vitek Vanecek suffered an injury in Game 1 then Craig Anderson had to start Game 2 before Ilya Samsonov finally came off the COVID list for Game 3.