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The full schedule won’t be released until Tuesday, but we already know how the 2016-17 season will begin: with pain.

The Washington Capitals will open up the new season at home against the Islanders on October 15, but two days prior they’ll be in Pittsburgh for the Penguins’ home opener.

That night, the Penguins will raise their new Stanley Cup banner in front of the Washington Capitals, who don’t have one of those.

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Nate Schmidt: 2015-16 Season Review

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This was supposed to be the season Nate Schmidt established himself as a bona fide top-four defenseman. That did not happen. Instead we got an uneven year and a semi-disastrous playoffs. Where do we go from here? That’s up to Nate, who definitely has the right attitude.

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Mr. Hockey died today. Perhaps the greatest player of all time and definitely the inspiration for many generations of superstars, Gordie Howe, 88, passed away on Friday morning.

Reacting to the news, Washington Capitals players took to social media to share their thoughts and wish the best to the family of #9.

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Mike Richards: 2015-16 Season Review

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This time last year, Mike Richards was the NHL’s pariah.

At the dawn of 2016, signed by the Capitals, he became Brian MacLellan’s low-risk experiment.

And today he is an inspiration, a story to tell your kids: Everybody falls down sometimes; the trick is to get back up.

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Alex Ovechkin: 2015-16 Season Review

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

What is there to say about Alex Ovechkin’s season that could not be said in 50-point, bright-red, italicized comic sans?

50 GOALSSSSS

Let’s do it.

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Michael Latta: 2015-16 Season Review

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Let’s be real. When you decided to read RMNB’s season recap of Michael Latta, you didn’t think, man, what a great season. You thought, oh fun, there’s gonna be photos of him at the beach and ketchup bottles stuff.

There is. There definitely is, but I swear that Michael Latta is a solid NHL player who is ready for regular assignments on the fourth line. He’s a gamer. Let’s talk about it.

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It’s time to place your bets on the big game. It’s Joel Ward and the Sharks vs Eric Fehr and the Penguins. Either way, we’re going to see a beloved former Capital lift the best trophy in sports, so that’s pretty neat.

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Braden Holtby: 2015-16 Season Review

Oh, hell yes. Today we get to review the season of that Brodeur-tyin’, Lindsay-finalizin’, Vezina-prolly-winnin’, all-star-playin’, world-cup-team-makin’, playoff-save-percentage-dominatin’, franchise-record-holdin’ bad ass Braden Holtby.

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Jason Chimera: 2015-16 Season Review

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At age 36 (he turned 37 three weeks ago) and after 14 years in the NHL, Jason Chimera just had his best season ever. Chimera scored a career-high 20 goals in 2015-16, a stellar performance that will make his likely departure from Washington this summer even more painful. But it must be done.

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The Washington City Paper published an item by Matt Terl on Thursday that called the phrase behind this li’l ol’ blog right here as one of the best sports phrases in DC.

Terl also calls RMNB “one of the best local hockey blogs,” which is very nice, though it was a lot nicer when there were like 78 local hockey blogs instead of the three and a half we have now.

You’ll have to read Terl’s article to see the other four phrases, so go do that. For now, here are five more phrases that are even better than “Russian machine never breaks.”

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