Capitals’ 2010-2011 Schedule and Our Blowhard Reactions

The NHL has announced the regular season schedule, and we’re not exactly happy about it.

Follow us past the jump.  We’ve got the whole schedule, our complaints, and then the first EFF YEAH moment of the ’10-’11 season waiting for you.

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October

Fri., Oct. 8              at Atlanta               7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9              New Jersey               7 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 11             Ottawa                   7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 13             N.Y. Islanders           7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 16             at Nashville             8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 19            Boston                   7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 21           at Boston                7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 23             Atlanta                  7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 27             at Carolina              7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 28           at Minnesota             8 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 30             at Calgary               10 p.m.

November

Wed., Nov. 3              Toronto                  7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 5              Boston                   7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 7              Philadelphia             5 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 9             at N.Y. Rangers          7 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 11           Tampa Bay                7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13             at Buffalo               7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 14             Atlanta                  5 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 17             Buffalo                  7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 19             at Atlanta               7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 20             Philadelphia             7 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 22             at New Jersey            7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 24             at Carolina              7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 26             Tampa Bay                5 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 28             Carolina                 5 p.m.

December

Wed., Dec. 1              at St. Louis             8 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 2            at Dallas                8:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4              Atlanta                  7 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 6              Toronto                  7 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 9            Florida                  7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11             Colorado                 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 12             at N.Y. Rangers          7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 15             Anaheim                  7 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 18             at Boston                7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 19             at Ottawa                5 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 21            New Jersey               7 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 23           Pittsburgh               7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 26             at Carolina              7 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 28            Montreal                 7 p.m.

January

Sat., Jan. 1              Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
                          at Pittsburgh            1 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 4             Tampa Bay                7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8              Florida                  7 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 11            at Florida               7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 12             at Tampa Bay             7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 14             Vancouver                7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 16             Ottawa                   3 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 18            at Philadelphia          7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 20           at N.Y. Islanders        7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 22             at Toronto               7 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 24             N.Y. Rangers             7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 26             at Atlanta               7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 30             2011 NHL All-Star Game

February

Tues., Feb. 1             Montreal                 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 4              at Tampa Bay             7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 6              Pittsburgh               12:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 8             San Jose                 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12             Los Angeles              12:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 14             at Phoenix               10 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 16             at Anaheim               10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 17           at San Jose              10:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 20             at Buffalo               3 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 21             at Pittsburgh            7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25             N.Y. Rangers             7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26             at N.Y. Islanders        7 p.m.

March

Tues., March 1            N.Y. Islanders           7 p.m.
Thurs., March 3           St. Louis                7 p.m.
Sun., March 6             at Florida               7 p.m.
Mon., March 7             at Tampa Bay             7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 9             Edmonton                 7 p.m.
Fri., March 11            Carolina                 7 p.m.
Sun., March 13            Chicago                  12:30 p.m.
Tues., March 15           at Montreal              7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 16            at Detroit               7 p.m.
Fri., March 18            at New Jersey            7 p.m.
Tues., March 22           at Philadelphia          7 p.m.
Fri., March 25            at Ottawa                7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 26            at Montreal              7 p.m.
Tues., March 29           Carolina                 7 p.m.
Thurs., March 31          Columbus                 7 p.m.

April

Sat., April 2             Buffalo                  7 p.m.
Tues., April 5            at Toronto               7 p.m.
Wed., April 6             Florida                  7 p.m.
Sat., April 9             at Florida               7 p.m.

***

We’re totally screwed!

Check out that six-game roadtrip in March.  Habs, Wings, Devils, Flyers, Sens, and then the Habs again!  That’s fifteen days on the road between Canada, the midwest, Jersey, and then back to Canada– with tough competition!

February?  Pens, Sharks, Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Sharks, Sabres in a 15-day span.  Not much easier.

On the flip side, the Caps have what looks like friendly end to their season coming.  No loafing, boys.  You know how that’s burned us in the past.

Twice this season the Caps will play the Panthers in back-to-back games– each time jumping from home to away or vice versa.

The Caps will meet their rivals, The Pittsburgh Penguins, for the first time on December 23rd.  And then a whopping eight days later for the Winter Classic.  Way to build up the suspense, guys.

Whatever.  We could consider everything until April 10th a preamble to the playoffs, but that’s not fair.  We’ve got a tough schedule of 82 games designed to wear the Caps down.  It’s a challenge: a gauntlet thrown down by the National Hockey League itself.

Bring it on.

What do you think of the schedule? Did we miss anything?  Sound off below.

[Ed. note - Additional reporting by Stevie K., whose password is "password".]

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  • Stevie K.

    There is already an entry on my calendar for April 10, 2011 titled “#beardpact”.

  • Rockin’ The Red in VA

    It’s definitely not an easy one, but there’s no reason, as long as we are playing smart, tough hockey we can’t make it through this! I’m with Stevie K, come April the razors will be put on the shelf, but they better be ready this year. History has shown us. . . well you know! Bring on October ! ! !

    C-A-P-S, Caps! Caps! Caps!

  • FedFed

    I want to thank NHL for a lot of early games. 10 games start 5PM or earlier!

  • BobbyG

    Yes this is a difficult schedule but could be a blessing in disguise. Playing in the Pantywaist, I mean Southeast Division and piling up the points in the regular season can, and probably did, give the Caps a false sense of how good they are and what they need to do to win. Maybe this kind of schedule will better prepare them for the playoffs, maybe they won’t clinch their division so early, and maybe they will be playing more meaningful games late in the season. If the team can Cap-italize on the regular season schedule gauntlet thrown down by the NHL, they could reap big rewards in the second season when it really counts.

  • Rick

    Im glad we got some afternoon games this year. Its a lot easier to take the kids to those games. Pit in Feb. and Chi. in March should be worth getting tickets to. Wonder how much more $$$ it will be this year….