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Capitals to open season at Cup champion Blackhawks October 1

Posted on 19 July 2013 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League today announced the 2013-14 regular-season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The Washington Capitals will open the season against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the first home game of the campaign set for Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.

Effective this season, the NHL will operate under a new divisional alignment and scheduling matrix that ensures all 30 teams play in all 30 arenas at least once each season. In creating more geographically-appropriate groupings, the NHL now has two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference and two seven-team divisions in the Western Conference. The Capitals will be in the Metropolitan Division with Columbus, Carolina, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NHL will pause from Feb. 9-25, 2014, while NHL players comprise the majority of the rosters of the national teams competing in Sochi for Olympic gold.

The Capitals will host the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. It will mark the fourth time in the past five years that the Capitals will play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Washington has six homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from Oct. 10-19. The Capitals have five stretches of at least three straight road games and two season-high five-game road trips from Oct. 22-Nov. 1 and Jan. 24-31, respectively. In addition, the Capitals will have 17 sets of back-to-back games.

Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes six games on Friday, eight on Saturday and seven on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Columbus Day (Oct. 14 vs. Edmonton), the day before and the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 vs. Ottawa; Nov. 29 vs. Montreal) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2 vs. Detroit).

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network and WashingtonCaps.com.

Home dates to remember:
•    Oct. 3 – Home opener at Verizon Center versus the Calgary Flames.
•    Oct. 14 – A Columbus Day tilt versus the Edmonton Oilers.
•    Oct. 16 – The New York Rangers make their way to Verizon Center for the first time since the ECQF.
•    Nov. 20 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit of the season to D.C.
•    Jan. 2 – The Capitals kick off 2014 when they host the division rival Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center.
•    Feb. 2 – On Super Bowl Sunday the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings make their way to D.C.
•    Mar. 10 – Washington hosts Pittsburgh for the second and final time of the regular season.
•    Apr. 11 – Washington welcomes the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
•    April 13 – Washington concludes the regular-season home schedule at Verizon Center versus Tampa Bay.

 

OCTOBER JANUARY
Tue, Oct. 1 at Chicago 8 pm Thu, Jan. 2 Carolina 7 pm
Thu, Oct. 3 Calgary 7 pm Sat, Jan. 4 at Minnesota 8 pm
Sat, Oct. 5 at Dallas 8 pm Thu, Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay 7:30 pm
Thu, Oct. 10 Carolina 7 pm Fri, Jan. 10 Toronto 7 pm
Sat, Oct. 12 Colorado 7 pm Sun, Jan. 12 Buffalo 3 pm
Mon, Oct. 14 Edmonton 7 pm Tue, Jan. 14 San Jose 7 pm
Wed, Oct. 16 N.Y. Rangers 7:30 pm Wed, Jan. 15 at Pittsburgh 8 pm
Sat, Oct. 19 Columbus 7 pm Fri, Jan. 17 at Columbus 7 pm
Tue, Oct. 22 at Winnipeg 8 pm Sun, Jan. 19 at N.Y. Rangers 7:30 pm
Thu, Oct. 24 at Edmonton 9:30 pm Tue, Jan. 21 Ottawa 7 pm
Sat, Oct. 26 at Calgary 10 pm Fri, Jan. 24 at New Jersey 7 pm
Mon, Oct. 28 at Vancouver 10 pm Sat, Jan. 25 at Montreal 7 pm
Tue, Jan. 28 at Buffalo 7:30 pm
NOVEMBER Thu, Jan. 30 at Columbus 7 pm
Fri, Nov. 1 at Philadelphia 7 pm Fri, Jan. 31 at Detroit 7:30 pm
Sat, Nov. 2 Florida 7 pm
Tue, Nov. 5 NY Islanders 7 pm FEBRUARY
Thu, Nov. 7 Minnesota 7 pm Sun, Feb. 2  Detroit 12:30pm
Sat, Nov. 9 at Phoenix 8 pm Tue, Feb. 4 N.Y. Islanders 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov. 10 at Colorado 8 pm Thu, Feb. 6 Winnipeg 7 pm
Tue, Nov. 12 Columbus  7 pm Sat, Feb. 8 New Jersey 7 pm
Fri, Nov. 15 at Detroit 7:30 pm Thu, Feb. 27 at Florida 7:30 pm
Sun, Nov. 17 St. Louis 6 pm
Wed, Nov. 20 Pittsburgh 7:30 pm MARCH
Fri, Nov. 22 Montreal 7 pm Sat, March 1 at Boston 1 pm
Sat, Nov. 23 at Toronto 7 pm Sun, March 2 Philadelphia 12:30pm
Wed, Nov. 27 Ottawa 7 pm Wed, March 5 at Philadelphia 8 pm
Fri, Nov. 29 Montreal 5 pm Thu, March 6 at Boston 7 pm
Sat, Nov. 30 at N.Y. Isles 7 pm Sat, March 8 Phoenix  7 pm
Mon March 10 Pittsburgh 7 pm
DECEMBER Tue, March 11 at Pittsburgh 7:30 pm
Tue, Dec. 3 Carolina 7 pm Fri, March 14 Vancouver 7 pm
Sat, Dec. 7 Nashville 7 pm Sun March 16 Toronto 3 pm
Sun, Dec. 8 at N.Y. Rangers 7 pm Tue, March 18 at Anaheim 10 pm
Tue, Dec. 10 Tampa Bay 7 pm Thu, March 20 at Los Angeles 10:30 pm
Fri, Dec. 13 at Florida 7:30 pm Sat, March 22 at San Jose 10:30 pm
Sun, Dec. 15 Philadelphia 3 pm Tue, March 25 Los Angeles  7 pm
Tue, Dec. 17 at Philadelphia 7:30 pm Sat, March 29 Boston 12:30pm
Fri, Dec. 20 at Carolina 7 pm Sun, March 30 at Nashville 8 pm
Sat, Dec. 21 New Jersey 7 pm
Mon, Dec. 23 Anaheim 7 pm APRIL
Fri, Dec. 27 N.Y. Rangers 7 pm Tue, April 1 Dallas 7 pm
Sun, Dec. 29 at Buffalo 5 pm Fri, April 4 at New Jersey 7 pm
Mon, Dec. 30 at Ottawa 7:30 pm Sat, April 5 at N.Y. Islanders 5 pm
Tue, April 8 at St. Louis 8 pm
Thu, April 10 at Carolina 7 pm
Fri, April 11 Chicago 7 pm
Sun, April 13 Tampa Bay 3 pm
All Times Eastern*

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Baltimore Hockey Classic highlights Capitals’ preseason schedule

Posted on 29 June 2013 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have released their 2013 preseason schedule, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The schedule will feature eight games against five opponents and will include three games at Verizon Center and a home and home series against both Stanley Cup finalists.

Washington will face the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL’s Kraft Hockeyville event from Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario, on Sept. 14, with more information about the game to be released by the NHL at a later date. The Capitals will open their home preseason schedule against the Boston Bruins in the Baltimore Hockey Classic at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on September 17.

The Caps will travel to Philadelphia to face-off against the Flyers on Sept. 16. The team’s preseason home opener at Verizon Center is Friday, Sept. 20 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Capitals will then travel to Boston on Sept. 23 before returning home to face the Nashville Predators on Sept. 25 and the Philadelphia Flyers on Sept. 27 at Verizon Center. Washington will conclude its preseason schedule in Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Capitals were 3-3-1 in the preseason in 2011, and their all-time preseason record is 143-115-29-10.

All preseason games will be carried via WashingtonCaps.com, with selected games to be broadcast on 106.7 The Fan and WFED-AM 1500. The full preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in September. The complete 2013-14 NHL regular season schedule will be released at a later date.

The complete preseason schedule is listed below:

2013 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
SAT., SEPT. 14 VS. WINNIPEG YARDMEN ARENA, BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO TBD
MON., SEPT. 16 AT PHILADELPHIA WELLS FARGO CENTER 7 P.M.
TUE., SEPT. 17 VS. BOSTON 1ST MARINER ARENA, BALTIMORE 7 P.M.
FRI., SEPT. 20 VS. CHICAGO VERIZON CENTER 7 P.M.
MON., SEPT. 23 AT BOSTON TD BANK GARDEN 7 P.M.
WED., SEPT. 25 VS. NASHVILLE VERIZON CENTER 7 P.M.
FRI., SEPT. 27 VS. PHILADELPHIA VERIZON CENTER 7 P.M.
SAT., SEPT. 28 AT CHICAGO UNITED CENTER TBD

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Capitals announce regular season schedule

Posted on 12 January 2013 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals’ 48-game regular-season schedule for 2012-13 begins on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m., the National Hockey League announced today. The home season begins with Opening Night at Verizon Center presented by GEICO on Tuesday, Jan. 22, against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m..

The schedule has the Capitals facing two teams in the Southeast Division five times each (Winnipeg and Carolina), two teams in the division four times each (Florida and Tampa Bay) and the remaining Eastern Conference opponents three times each. The Capitals will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12:30 p.m., marking the fourth year in a row that the Capitals will play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Capitals single-game tickets for the 2012-13 season go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at 202-397-SEAT, on WashingtonCaps.com, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at all local Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office. In addition, from 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Capitals will pay all convenience fees for individual tickets purchased (excluding processing and delivery fees).

Among the ticket options available is the Washington Capitals Pregame All-Inclusive Package, which starts at $89 per package and includes a game ticket, a pregame all-you-can-eat buffet in the Dewar’s 12 Club, unlimited beer, wine and soda, a Caps hat and a Caps rally towel. Also available is the Washington Capitals Rinkside All-Inclusive Package, which starts at $99 per package and includes a game ticket, an all-you-can-eat buffet in the Rinkside Club available through the second intermission, unlimited beer, wine and soda and a Caps jersey T-shirt. A new package available this season is the Hard Times Chili Mac Pack, which starts at $189 and includes four tickets, four Caps hats and four Chili Mac cards redeemable at Hard Times.

For more information on Capitals tickets contact 202-266-CAPS or visit WashingtonCaps.com.

Washington has four homestands of three games on the schedule, the first from Feb. 1-5 (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Toronto). The Capitals have three stretches of at least three straight road games and a season-high four-game road trip from March 19-24 (Pittsburgh, Winnipeg twice and the New York Rangers). In addition, the Capitals will have eight sets of back-to-back games.

Nearly half of the Capitals’ 24 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which include five games on Sundays, four games on Saturdays and one game on Friday. The Capitals conclude the regular season with three consecutive home games (Winnipeg, Ottawa and Boston).

All but four of Washington’s home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., with three Sunday and one Saturday afternoon games scheduled.

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date.

Key Dates:

Jan. 22 – The Capitals home opener at Verizon Center vs. the Southeast Division-rival Winnipeg Jets.

Feb. 3 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their only visit to D.C. of the season on Super Bowl Sunday.

Feb. 9 – The defending Southeast Division-champion Florida Panthers make their first visit to Verizon Center.

Feb. 21 – Washington hosts the defending Eastern Conference-champion New Jersey Devils for the first time this season.

March 5 – Washington welcomes the Boston Bruins to Verizon Center for the first time since the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

March 10 – The New York Rangers return to Washington for the first time since the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinal series.

April 27 – Washington concludes the regular-season home schedule at Verizon Center vs. the Boston Bruins.

 


2012-13 Washington Capitals Schedule

 

January

Sat., Jan. 19 at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 22 Winnipeg 7 p.m.

Thu., Jan. 24 Montreal 7 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 25 at New Jersey 7 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 27 Buffalo 3 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 29 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Thu., Jan. 31 at Toronto 7 p.m.

 


February

Fri., Feb. 1 Philadelphia 7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 3 Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 5 Toronto 7 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 7 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 9 Florida 7 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 12 at Florida 7:30 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 14 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 17 at N.Y. Rangers 6 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 21 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 23 New Jersey 12 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 26 Carolina 7 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 27 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.

 


March

Sat., March 2 at Winnipeg 3 p.m.

Tue., March 5 Boston 7 p.m.

Thu., March 7 Florida 7 p.m.

Sat., March 9 at N.Y. Islanders 1 p.m.

Sun., March 10 N.Y. Rangers 12:30 p.m.

Tue., March 12 Carolina 7 p.m.

Thu., March 14 at Carolina 7 p.m.

Sat., March 16 at Boston 1 p.m.

Sun., March 17 Buffalo 7 p.m.

Tue., March 19 at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Thu., March 21 at Winnipeg 8 p.m.

Fri., March 22 at Winnipeg 7 p.m.

Sun., March 24 at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.

Tue., March 26 N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.

Sat., March 30 at Buffalo 7 p.m.

Sun., March 31 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.

 


April

Tue., April 2 at Carolina 7 p.m.

Thu., April 4 N.Y. Islanders 7 p.m.

Sat., April 6 at Florida 7:30 p.m.

Sun., April 7 Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tue., April 9 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Thu., April 11 Carolina 7 p.m.

Sat., April 13 Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tue., April 16 Toronto 7 p.m.

Thu., April 18 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.

Sat., April 20 at Montreal 7 p.m.

Tue., April 23 Winnipeg 7 p.m.

Thu., April 25 Ottawa 7 p.m.

Sat., April 27 Boston 7 p.m.

 


All Times Eastern

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Leonsis pleased NHL, Caps getting back to work

Posted on 06 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis released this statement Sunday to Caps fans after the news that the NHL & NHLPA agreed to the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which will end the NHL lockout.

“We are extremely excited that the National Hockey League has reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Players’ Association, pending final approval on both sides. This is certainly welcome news for all of us – fans, players, corporate partners, local businesses, broadcast rights holders, media, staff and owners – and especially our plan holders who have created such a fantastic Verizon Center atmosphere.

Thanks to all of you for your patience, support and understanding during this process. We will continue to be in touch as more information becomes available, and all of us at the Capitals look forward to seeing you at Verizon Center in the coming weeks.”

– Ted Leonsis

 

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Towson travels to Georgetown for televised battle Saturday

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be seeking its second straight road win Saturday as the Tigers travel to the nation’s capital to take on No. 15 Georgetown.

The game is set to tip at 12 noon from the Verizon Center. It will be broadcast live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) with Jason Knapp and Mark Tillmon on the call.

Towson (4-4) is off to its best start since the 2008-09 season. The Tigers picked up their first true road win of the season at Vermont (68-64) on Wednesday behind the stellar play of junior forward Jerrelle Benimon. The Georgetown transfer, who will be facing his former team for the first time, poured in a career-high 29 points against the Catamounts. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to register his fourth double-double in his last six games.

The Tigers boast the Colonial Athletic Associations second ranked scoring offense (66.6 ppg) and second ranked scoring defense (63.9 ppg). Towson also ranks Top 25 nationally in both rebounding margin (+9.1) and blocks per game (5.4).

Georgetown (6-1) has won three straight games since falling in overtime to No. 1 Indiana on November 20. The Hoyas are holding opponents to just 56.1 points per game and they’ve only allowed two teams to score more than 60 points this season.

Junior guard Markel Starks leads the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game, while sophomore forward Otto Porter is also a major threat as he’s averaging 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Although the Tigers are winless in their three previous meetings with the Hoyas, Towson has picked up three all-time wins over BIG EAST programs (Louisville, 1995; West Virginia, 1994; St. John’s, 1993).

Additionally, Georgetown has lost two of its previous three meetings against teams from the CAA. The Hoyas lost at home to Old Dominion in 2009 and fell to former league member Virginia Commonwealth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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Maryland faces George Mason Sunday in BB&T Classic

Posted on 01 December 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland travels to downtown Washington, D.C., to play in the 18th annual BB&T Classic, benefiting the Children’s Charities Foundation. The Terrapins take on George Mason in the second game of a doubleheader, with George Washington and Manhattan tipping off at 12:15 p.m. in the opener.

Storyline

• Maryland has played in each edition of the BB&T Classic and comes to Verizon Center this year with a 15-11 record all-time in the event. The Terps topped Notre Dame 78-71 last year to snap a two-game losing streak in the BB&T. Since the tournament went to a single-day format in 2004, the Terps are 3-5. Maryland has faced George Mason once in the event, a 78-54 Terrapin win in 2004. All-time, Maryland leads the series with George Mason 7-0.

• Depth, rebounding and an ability to ride the hot hand has helped Maryland win five straight games. Nine players are averaging double-figure minutes, and the Terps lead the ACC with a plus-17.3 rebounding margin per game. In the five-game winning streak, a different player has led the team in scoring in each contest. Most recently, Dez Wells poured in a career-high 23 points to lead Maryland to a 77-57 victory over Northwestern in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

• Alex Len recorded his second double-double of the year against the Wildcats by grabbing 13 points and 13 rebounds. Len leads the team in scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg) and blocks (2.5 bpg). Pe’Shon Howard, Maryland’s active career leader in assists (199), has been a solid distributor with his 6.8 assists per game leading the league. As a team, Maryland is averaging 18.7 assists per game, which also leads the league. In the five-game winning streak, the Terps have assisted on 95 of 143 field goals (66.4 percent).


Quick Hitters

• A different player has led Maryland in scoring in the last five games. Nick Faust had 12 vs. Morehead State, Seth Allen had 19 vs. LIU Brooklyn, Alex Len had 16 vs. Lafayette, Charles Mitchell had 13 vs. Georgia Southern, and Dez Wells had 23 vs. Northwestern.

• The Terps have made more free throws than the opponent attempted this season (93 to 86). The biggest margins are against Morehead State, when the Terps made 17 and the Eagles attempted 8, and against Lafayette, when Maryland made 22 and Lafayette attempted 7.

• At least eight players have scored in each of the last five games, and at least five players scored in double figures against Lafayette and Georgia Southern.

• Nine players have received at least 10 minutes of playing time for five straight games, and nine players are averaging double-figure minutes.


Super Subs

• Since being outscored by Kentucky’s bench in the season opener, the Maryland bench has outscored its opponents 147-42 over the past five contests. In those four games, the biggest contributors have been Seth Allen (7.2 ppg), Shaquille Cleare (7.0 ppg) and Charles Mitchell (6.8 ppg)

• Logan Aronhalt has found his shooting stroke off the bench recently. He hit all four of his 3-point attempts vs. Georgia Southern and made 3 of 5 at Northwestern.


Sophomore Jump

• After averaging 6.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman, Alex Len has developed into Maryland’s most consistent scoring threat as a sophomore. Len is averaging 15.2 points per game, which ranks first in the ACC among centers and tied for ninth overall. His 9.0 rebounds per game rank fifth. Len also leads the league with 2.5 blocks per game. He has two double-doubles this season: against Kentucky (23 & 12) and Northwestern (13 & 13).


 

 

Force on the Boards

• Maryland leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding margin at plus-17.3 per game, the only school averaging a double-figure margin. North Carolina is second at plus-6.9.

• The Terps have built advantages on the boards in all six games this season. Against Northwestern, Maryland built a 47-19 advantage on the boards, the largest margin this season.
Alex Len and Charles Mitchell are the biggest factors in that; Len averages 9.0 rpg and Mitchell averages 7.2. Len ranks fifth in the conference and Mitchell ranks 12th, including first among freshmen.

• Len leads the conference with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, and Mitchell is tied for seventh with 3.0 per game. As a team, the Terps are averaging 17.0 offensive rebounds per game, second in the league behind North Carolina (17.7).

• Mitchell made an impressive debut by grabbing 10 rebounds in his first career game, against No. 3 Kentucky. That’s the most rebounds by a Maryland freshman in his debut since Buck Williams had 13 against Bucknell in 1978. Williams went on to lead the ACC in rebounding that year (10.8 pg) en route to capturing ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
Two of the better rebounders in recent memory, Joe Smith and Jordan Williams, didn’t reach double-digit boards until their third and fourth games, respectively.

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Capitals announce 2012-2013 regular season schedule

Posted on 21 June 2012 by WNST Staff

FROM PRESS RELEASE…

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals’ 82-game regular-season schedule for 2012-13 begins on Friday, Oct. 12 at Verizon Center versus the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m., with the first road game of the campaign set for Oct. 13 against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place, the National Hockey League announced today.

The 2012-13 NHL schedule format, like the last four seasons, has the Capitals facing the other teams in the Southeast Division six times each and the remaining Eastern Conference opponents four times each. Washington plays each team in the Western Conference at least once, with two games each against Nashville, Los Angeles and Dallas. Nine Western Conference teams will visit Verizon Center.

The Capitals will host the defending Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12:30 p.m. It will mark the fourth year in a row that the Capitals will play on Super Bowl Sunday.

Washington has four homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a five-game stretch at Verizon Center from Dec. 11-20 (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida and Montreal). The Capitals have six stretches of at least three straight road games and a season-high four-game road trip from Oct. 20-29 (Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary and Minnesota). In addition, the Capitals will have 12 sets of back-to-back games.

Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which include six games each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on Halloween (Oct. 31 vs. Pittsburgh), the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 21 vs. Winnipeg), Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3 vs. Los Angeles) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17 vs. Buffalo).

All but eight of Washington’s home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., with four Sunday afternoon games scheduled.

Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network and WashingtonCaps.com

Key Dates:

Oct. 12 – Home opener at Verizon Center vs. the defending Eastern Conference-champion New Jersey Devils.

Oct. 31 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit to D.C. of the season.

Nov. 2 – Washington welcomes the Boston Bruins to Verizon Center for the first time since the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Nov. 16 – The New York Rangers return to Washington for the first time since the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Jan. 5 – The Capitals kick off the 2013 home schedule when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Verizon Center.

Jan. 15 – Washington hosts the defending Presidents’ Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks at Verizon Center.

Feb. 3 – The Capitals host the defending Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings in an afternoon matinee at Verizon Center on Super Bowl Sunday.

April 13 – Washington concludes the regular-season home schedule at Verizon Center vs. the Southeast Division-rival Tampa Bay Lightning

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Former Morgan F/C Thompson gets Wizards workout

Posted on 13 June 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Wizards will conduct pre-draft workouts on Wednesday, June 13th at Verizon Center.

The following players are currently scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s workout:

  • Al’Lonzo Coleman – F – Presbyterian College – 6’7, 255 lbs
  • Thomas Robinson – F – Kansas – 6’10, 237 lbs
  • Kevin Thompson – F – Morgan St. – 6-9, 240 lbs

Thompson was one of the premiere big men in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference over the last four seasons. He helped lead the Bears to two MEAC Tournament championships and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. His MSU teams reached the MEAC Championship Game three times in his four seasons.

As a senior Thompson averaged 10.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. As a junior he averaged 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds. As a sophomore he averaged a double double, 12.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Even as a freshman Thompson averaged a respectable 8.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Thompson’s former Morgan teammate Reggie Holmes was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies after the 2010 NBA Draft and played for the team in the NBA Summer League.

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Capitals announce preseason schedule

Posted on 12 June 2012 by WNST Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have released their 2012 preseason schedule, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The schedule features seven games against four opponents and includes three games at Verizon Center. The Capitals will face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second-annual Baltimore Hockey Classic at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore on September 26.

Washington will open the preseason on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (7 p.m.), at Verizon Center in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. the Boston Bruins. The Capitals will begin their preseason road schedule on Sunday, Sept. 30 (5 p.m.), at Detroit versus the Red Wings.

The team’s preseason home schedule includes the Nashville Predators on Friday, Oct. 5 (7 p.m.), and Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 7 (5 p.m.). In addition, Washington will play exhibition games on the road against Columbus on Monday, Oct. 1 (7 p.m.), and at Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 3 (7 p.m.).

The Capitals were 3-3-1 in the preseason last year, and their all-time preseason record is 143-115-29-10.

Each preseason game will be broadcast live on WashingtonCaps.com. The complete 2012-13 NHL regular season schedule will be released at a later date.

2012 WASHINGTON CAPITALS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET)
TUES., SEPT. 25 BRUINS CAPITALS 7 PM
WED., SEPT. 26** BLUE JACKETS** CAPITALS** 7 PM**
SUN., SEPT. 30 CAPITALS RED WINGS 5 PM
MON., OCT. 1 CAPITALS BLUE JACKETS 7 PM
WED., OCT. 3 CAPITALS BRUINS 7 PM
FRI., OCT. 5 PREDATORS CAPITALS 7 PM
SUN., OCT. 7 RED WINGS CAPITALS 5 PM

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 May 2012 by WNST Staff

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Antonio Tarver vs. Lateef Kayode (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime), Gabriel Rosado vs. Joel Julio (Friday 9pm from Bethlehem, PA live on NBC Sports Network); WNBA: Minnesota Lynx @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Pro Lacrosse: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Denver Outlaws (Saturday 9pm from Denver live on ESPN3.com)

10. Zac Brown Band (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Capital Jazz Fest feat. Indie.Arie, Bill Cosby (Friday-Sunday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Radiohead (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Miranda Lambert/Jerrod Niemann (Sunday 4pm Jiffy Lube Live);  City and Colour (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Smile Empty Soul (Saturday 5pm Recher Theatre); Crossfade (Monday 7pm Baltimore Soundstage); Dandy Warhols (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Used (Wednesday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Dr. John (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); Rhett Miller (Monday 8pm Jammin Java)

I’d watch ZBB do just about anything, but this was as good as anything I’ve seen them do…

My favorite tune from Thom Yorke and the boys?

For more traditional country folk, I sorta dig this Jerrod Niemann tune…

I wish I didn’t have to admit to digging this tune…

9. Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival (Saturday & Sunday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Corey Holcomb (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Man on a Ledge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Glenn Clark’s first ever “Hogfest” (Saturday)

That’s right. For the first time in my (still?) young life, I will be roasting a pig Saturday. It’s all thanks in part to ABC Rental Store in Rosedale. A talented young man I listen to on the radio is always talking to me about them. I think his show is called “The Reality Check.” I PRAY my results make me as happy as George W. Bush…

Also, I will be hosting a qualifier for the Olympic KanJam team Saturday (more on Twitter @OlympicKanJam). I expect the day to look much like this…

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