Capitals 2011-2012 Season: Mark your Calendars

82 games makes for a long and dreary season, but some dates stand out. We’ve perused the calendar for the upcoming season and circled the ones you might want to keep in mind. If you find a date we’re missing, let us know in the comments.

Check out the full Capitals schedule on their official site.

Oct 8, Capitals vs. Hurricanes

Opening day, natch.  The Capitals begin a six-month campaign to redeem themselves and scoar moar goals.

Oct 10, Capitals vs. Lightning

In the very first week of play, the Caps will face the team that knocked ’em out, including superstars Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.

Oct 13, Capitals @ Penguins

It’s never “just another game” when the Caps make the short trip up to Pittsburgh and the unpronounceable Consol Energy Center.

Oct 18, Capitals vs Panthers

Reunion! Verizon Center plays host to ex-Caps Jose Theodore, Matt Bradley, and Tomas Fleischmann. Prep your “Woop” cheers.

Oct 29, Capitals @ Canucks

Will this be a preview of Stanley Cup finals? Yeah, right. This is a late game, folks, so expect the recap to be a bit… informal.

Nov 17, Capitals @ Jets

A leisurely jaunt up to Winnipeg to welcome the team to the league and say “hi” to our old buddy Eric Fehr!

Nov 19, Capitals @ Leafs

A game in Canada on a Saturday. Hockey Night in Canada? Don Cherry? Please yes.

Nov 23, Capitals vs Jets

A Thanksgiving visit back home for Eric Fehr. His first trip back to Verizon Center since leaving the team.

Dec 3, Capitals vs. Senators

If everything goes right, this could be Alex Ovechkin‘s 500th NHL game.

Dec 17, Capitals @ Avalanche

Off to Colorado to see how the Avs are dealing with Semyon Varlamov‘s #brittlegroin.

Dec 20, Capitals vs. Predators

If everything goes right, this could be Mike Knuble‘s 1000th NHL game!

Jan 24, Capitals vs. Bruins

The Caps wait until January to entertain the current Stanley Cup champions and Timmy Thomas.

Feb 5, Capitals vs Bruins

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so this is your chance to hear Doc Emrick use words like “colossal” and “malformed” to describe Milan Lucic.

Feb 17-22

Here comes a long road trip for the Capitals.  On the way they will hit Florida, Carolina, and Ottawa.

Mar 13-22

This might be the Caps’ longest road trip, at least chronologically. They’ll hit Long Island, the Peg, Chicago, Detroit, and then Philly.

Apr 7, Capitals @ Rangers

The light at the end of the tunnel. By this point, the Caps will already have been loafing for at least a week or two, so no big deal.

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