It’s September and the weather around the DMV is already getting cooler for the fall. Believe it or not amid all the football hype there will be hockey this month. The Washington Capitals will play in six preseason games beginning on September 26 against the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena.
That game is obviously a rematch from the first round at the exact spot the Caps season ended last year. Three nights later the young New Jersey Devils come to town who recently just added Dougie Hamilton. They’re still rebuilding but ready to try and take that next step forward.
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That wraps up the month of September. In October the Caps will take the ice on the second against on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers. That contest will be the first of a three game road trip with stops in New Jersey on Oct. 4 and Boston on Oct. 6. The Caps will host the Flyers in the preseason finale on Oct. 8.
Five nights later the games will count and the Caps will open up at home against the New York Rangers. With no preseason last season, the Caps had to learn Peter Laviolette’s system on the fly with a shortened training camp. Now things sort of return to normal, at least calendar wise.
With one season under their belt under that system, the Caps will be able to adapt more, get a look at prospects and rotate guys into the lineup that the fans love. That’s the beauty of the preseason. You get to see the whole roster play out before your eyes.
Here is the full preseason schedule, all times eastern:
Sun. Sept 26 vs. Boston Bruins 5 p.m.
Wed. Sept 29 vs. New Jersey Devils 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct 2 at Philadelphia Flyers 7 p.m.
Mon. Oct 4 at New Jersey Devils 7 p.m.
Wed. Oct 6 at Boston Bruins 7 p.m.
Fri. Oct 8 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 7 p.m.