Washington Capitals Schedule & Tickets

2021 Washington Capitals schedule and tickets. View home games at Capital One Arena in Washington. DC. and away game dates by day, week, an opponent, day games, night games. View the upcoming schedule and get great NHL Washington Capitals Hockey ticket deals.

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About the Washington Capitals Hockey Team

The Washington Capitals are a National Hockey League team (NHL) that plays their home games at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. They play in the Metropolitan division of the Eastern Conference. Other NHL teams in the same division include the Philadelphia FlyersPittsburgh PenguinsCarolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue JacketsNew York IslandersNew York Rangers, and the New Jersey Devils.

The Washington Capitals joined the NHL in 1974 as an expansion team. One other team that year, the Kansas City Scouts (Now the New Jersey Devils) also joined the league as an expansion team. The Caps played their first official game at the beginning of the 1974-75 NHL season on October 9th, 1974 vs the New York Rangers, and lost that matchup 6-3. It would be the beginning of a long losing season as the Capitals were only able to win 8 games that the first year and finished the season with an 8-67-5 record and failed to make the playoffs. The losing trend would continue for the next 7 seasons, it wasn't until their 9th year in the league that the Caps were able to finish with a winning record. That came in the 1982-83 season when the team finished with a 39 -25-16 and qualified for their first Staley Cup Playoffs birth. Although Washington would lose in the playoffs in the 1st round to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers that year, the arrow was pointing up for the franchise and they ended up making the playoffs for 14 years straight, from 1983-1996. 

Washington Capitals Playoff Appearances

The Caps were definitely on a roll with their 14 straight playoff appearances, a streak that would end in the 1996-97 season. After missing the playoffs that year, the team was right back at it for the 1997-98 season as they finished 40-30-12 and made their deepest playoff run at the time by making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. All in all, Washington has managed to make the playoffs 30 times as a franchise, making it to the Stanley Cup finals 2 times and winning 1 Stanley Cup Championship.

Decade Playoff Appearances Playoff Appearance Year
1970s  0 NONE
1980s 7 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
1990s 8 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
2000s 5 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2009
2010s 9 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
2020s 1 2020


Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Appearances

The Washington Capitals have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals a total of two times in their franchise history. The first time, in the 1997-98 NHL season, the Caps lost to the Detroit Red Wings, who swept them 4 games to 0. It would take another 19 seasons to make the Stanley Cup Finals again, but this time the Caps were not Going home without the Cup.

2018 Stanley Cup Champions

The 2017-18 Washington Capitals were a talented bunch that finished the regular season with a 49-26-7 record. The team was led by Left Wing Alex Ovechkin, who finished the season with 87 points, and Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who finished the season with 83 points. After 3 straight years of being knocked out of the playoffs in the 2nd round, the Capitals were about to go on a run that their fans had been waiting 43 years for. They would start with a 1st round matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets appeared to have the Caps number as they took a 2-0 series lead and the series was heading to Columbus for the next 2 games. With their backs against the wall, Washington came back to win the next 4 games in the series and take the series 4-2. Next up was the Pittsburgh Penguins, a strong opponent that had won the Stanley Cup Championship the previous season. The Capitals would not be intimidated though as they took out the penguins in 6 games and won the series 4-2. Now all that stood between them and another Stanley Cup finals appearance was the Tampa Bay Lightning, who they would play in the Conference Finals.

The lightning turned out to be a much tougher opponent than the Blue Jackets and Penguins as they took Washington to 7 games in the Conference finals. The Caps had seemed like they were in control of the series as they took the first 2 games and with it, had a 2-0 series lead. Tampa Bay was not giving up so easily and they reeled off 3 games in a row and forced a must-win situation for the Capitals in game 6, which was to be played at Capital One Arena. Fans packed the Arena to see the most important game for the Capitals in 19 years and the Caps did not disappoint, as goalie Braden Holtby stopped all 24 shots that came to him and Washington won 3-0 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay at Amalie Arena. 

Defense and Golie Braden Holtby would once again be the winning formula in game 7. The Caps scored 4 goals in that game, but only needed one of them as Holtby would pitch another shutout and the Washington Capitals would win the game 4-0 and finally go back to the Stanley Cup Finals for a chance at winning Lord Stanley's Cup.

The Vegas Golden Knights, who were an NHL expansion team playing in their first season was the opponent that the Caps would play in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. The Golden Knights were only able to win one game in the series as the Capitals took the series in five games and won 4-1 for their first Stanley Cup Championship in team history. 

Championship Parade

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On June 12th, 2018 thousands of fans lined the streets of Washington. DC to celebrate the Teams Stanley Cup Championship.

Going to a Washington Capitals Hockey Game

If you are making your way to Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. to see a Washington Capitals hockey game, there are some things that you should know to prepare yourself for your visit. 

      1. Arrive early: For Washington Capitals hockey games, Capital One Arena opens its doors to the public 1 hour before the game time  Get there early to avoid late-arriving crowds and see pre-game Capitals Warm-ups.
      2. Dress Warm. This is a Washington Capitals hockey game that you will be attending and it could get quite cold inside Capital One Arena. It is better to have an extra sweatshirt and not need it than to need a sweatshirt and not have one.
      3. Do not try to get up during a play:  During a Washington Capitals game at Capital One Arena, If you need to go to the restroom, or you are getting up for concessions, wait until play has stopped. Nothing irritates other Washington Capitals fans more than having to get up for someone trying to pass by their seats when play is in action.
      4. Scream "O" and "Red" during the National Anthem: Be sure to be in your seats for the National Anthem. When the song gets to the part "O say does that starred spangled banner yet wave", fans scream the "O" part. Also when the song gets to the part "And the rockets red glare" the fans scream the word "RED".
      5. Rock the RED: Be sure to Rock the Red and wear your red Capitals gear to the game. If needed, you can also purchase Capitals apparel and souvenirs at the team store located in Capital One Arena
      6. Share your Washington Capitals game experience: Share Pics and videos on our Instagram page. #closeseats


Washington Capitals Schedule Information


How Many Games do the Washington Capitals Play in a Season?

The Washington Capitals play 82 regular-season games a year on schedule.  The NHL hockey regular season usually begins in October and ends in April with a majority of the games scheduled during the winter months. We will break down the Washington Capitals season opponents, game dates, and game times. 


How Many Home Games do the Washington Capitals Play?

The Washington Capitals play 41 of their 82 regular-season home games at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. on each year's regular-season schedule.


What Time do the Washington Capitals Play?

The start time for any Washington Capitals hockey game all depends on the day of the week and the city they are playing in. Home games for the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena usually have the puck drop at around 7:00 PM for night games. You can check the Washington Capitals schedule above for each and every upcoming NHL game start time.


What Channel do the Washington Capitals play on?

NBC Sports Washington will broadcast a majority of the Washington Capitals games on TV for the upcoming season.


Washington Capitals Ticket Information


How to Find Washington Capitals Tickets on CloseSeats

Tickets to see the Washington Capitals are available with the lowest prices located at the top of our ticket listings and the highest-priced tickets at the bottom of our ticket listings. You will find tickets to every section of every NHL hockey arena on CloseSeats and you may click on that section on our Capital One Arena interactive seating charts to see available seats and prices for that specific section.

All Washington Capitals ticket sales are 100% guaranteed and will be in the section and row that you purchase.


How to Buy Washington Capitals Tickets 

      1. Browse our Washington Capitals schedule for the game that you would like to attend
      2. Choose the tickets for the Washington Capitals from our inventory
      3. proceed to checkout
      4. You will get an email on how to download your Washington Capitals tickets or receive an estimated shipping date. 


How Much do Washington Capitals tickets cost?

At CloseSeats, Washington Capitals ticket prices can be found for above and below the face value of the ticket. For games at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. the seat location will have a big impact on the cost of the tickets. The Minimum price for a Washington Capitals ticket on CloseSeats.com is $6.00. No tickets can be bought or sold for under $6.00  


Do I Need to Print my Tickets?

No. The Washington Capitals, along with all NHL teams, will only allow mobile ticket gate entry to their games.


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