The 2011-12 NHL season ended not even 24 hours ago (the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup Monday over the New Jersey Devils), but that hasn't stopped the schedule makers from already releasing the preseason schedule for the upcoming* 2012-2013 season.
The Washington Capitals will play seven preseason games from late September through early October, opening against the Boston Bruins September 25 at Verizon Center.
Here is the full schedule:
Tue., Sept. 25 vs. Boston - Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 7 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 26 vs. Columbus - 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Md. 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30 at Detroit - Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Mich. 5 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 1 at Columbus - Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 3 at Boston - TD Garden, Boston, Mass. 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Nashville - Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 7 vs. Detroit - Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
*Of course, this schedule actually being put to use depends on the outcome of the expiring collective bargaining agreement. Here's hoping.