ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1 and open the season against the Montreal Canadiens at Verizon Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, the National Hockey League and Washington Capitals announced today. The game will mark the NHL’s seventh Winter Classic and Washington’s second appearance in the outdoor game. The Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.
Washington is 24-15-5-1 all-time at home against Chicago, including a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on April 11 at Verizon Center. Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic including venue, ticketing information and uniform design for each team will be released in the coming months. Every Washington Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket holders when they become available.
The NHL also announced the 2014-15 regular season schedule for its 30 member clubs. The NHL will pause for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Jan. 24-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Capitals will host the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center on Feb. 1, marking the eighth time in the last nine seasons and the seventh consecutive season the Capitals will host a game 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 March 5-15. The Capitals have eight stretches of at least three consecutive road games and a season-high four-game road trip from Feb. 11-17. In addition, the Capitals will have 16 sets of back-to-back games.
Nearly half of the Capitals’ 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, which includes four games on Friday, nine on Saturday and six on Sunday. The schedule features holiday home games on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 vs. NY Islanders), New Year’s Day (Jan. 1 vs. Chicago) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1 vs. St. Louis).
Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio Network (flagship stations FAN 106.7 and 1500 AM), WashingtonCaps.com and on Washington Caps mobile app.
Home dates to remember:
- Oct. 9 – Season opener at Verizon Center versus the Montreal Canadiens.
- Oct. 29 – The Detroit Red Wings make their first of two visits to Verizon Center in 2014-15.
- Jan. 1 – Washington hosts the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone Winter Classic.
- Jan. 28 – The Pittsburgh Penguins make their first visit of the season to Verizon Center.
- Feb. 1 – On Super Bowl Sunday, the St. Louis Blues make their way to D.C.
- Feb. 3 – Washington welcomes the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
- March 11 – The defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers visit D.C. for the first time.
- March 28 – The Capitals face head coach Barry Trotz’s former team, the Nashville Predators.
- April 11 – Washington concludes the regular-season at Verizon Center against the New York Rangers.
Thu, Oct. 9 Montreal 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 11 at Boston 7 p.m.
Tue, Oct. 14 San Jose 7 p.m.
Thu, Oct. 16 New Jersey 7 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 18 Florida 7 p.m.
Wed, Oct. 22 at Edmonton 9:30 p.m.
Sat, Oct. 25 at Calgary 10 p.m.
Sun, Oct. 26 at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 29 Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 1 at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.
Sun, Nov. 2 Phoenix 7 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 4 Calgary 7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 7 at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 8 Carolina 8 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 11 Columbus 7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 14 New Jersey 7 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 15 at St. Louis 8 p.m.
Tue, Nov. 18 at Phoenix 9 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 20 at Colorado 9 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 22 Buffalo 7 p.m.
Wed, Nov. 26 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.
Fri, Nov. 28 NY Islanders 5 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 29 at Toronto 7 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 2 Vancouver 7 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 4 at Carolina 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 6 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 11 Columbus 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 13 Tampa Bay 7 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 16 at Florida 7:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 18 at Columbus 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 20 at New Jersey 7 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 22 Ottawa 7 p.m.
Tue, Dec. 23 at NY Rangers 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 27 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Mon, Dec. 29 at NY Islanders 7 p.m.
Thu, Jan. 1 Chicago 1 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 4 Florida 3 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 7 at Toronto 7 p.m.
Thu, Jan. 8 at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 10 Detroit 7 p.m.
Mon, Jan. 12 Colorado 7 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 14 Philadelphia 8 p.m.
Fri, Jan. 16 at Nashville 8 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 17 at Dallas 8 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 20 Edmonton 7 p.m.
Tue, Jan. 27 at Columbus 7 p.m.
Wed, Jan. 28 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 31 at Montreal 1 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 1 St. Louis 1 p.m.
Tue, Feb. 3 Los Angeles 7 p.m.
Thu, Feb. 5 at Ottawa 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Feb. 6 Anaheim 7 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 8 Philadelphia 3 p.m.
Wed, Feb. 11 at San Jose 10:30 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 14 at Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 15 at Anaheim 8 p.m.
Tue, Feb. 17 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Thu, Feb. 19 Winnipeg 7 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 21 NY Islanders 12:30 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 22 at Philadelphia 3 p.m.
Wed, Feb. 25 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Fri, Feb. 27 at Carolina 7 p.m.
Sun, March 1 Toronto 7 p.m.
Tue, March 3 at Columbus 7 p.m.
Thu, March 5 Minnesota 7 p.m.
Sat, March 7 Buffalo 7 p.m.
Wed, March 11 NY Rangers 8 p.m.
Fri, March 13 Dallas 7 p.m.
Sun, March 15 Boston TBD
Mon, March 16 at Buffalo 7 p.m.
Thu, March 19 at Minnesota 8 p.m.
Sat, March 21 at Winnipeg 7 p.m.
Thu, March 26 New Jersey 7 p.m.
Sat, March 28 Nashville 12:30 p.m.
Sun, March 29 at NY Rangers 3 p.m.
Tue, March 31 Carolina 7 p.m.
Thu, April 2 at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Sat, April 4 at Ottawa 7 p.m.
Sun, April 5 at Detroit 5 p.m.
Wed, April 8 Boston 8 p.m.
Sat, April 11 NY Rangers 3 p.m.
All Times Eastern