Jay Beagle and the Caps will be ready for the puck to drop in October, but will it be dropped on time?
It may be late June and a sweltering 100 degrees outside, but that shouldn't stop you from looking forward to the 2012-13 NHL season (in fact, I'd be willing to bet that the first place most of you would rather be right now is at a freezing ice rink, but I'm not a betting man).
That being said, the league has officially released next season's schedule, and the Washington Capitals will open their season* Friday, October 12, against the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center.
Here are some other schedule highlights:
*Of course, all of this depends on the league and the NHL Players' Association agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement, which expires September 15. But you already knew that.
For the entire schedule, click here.