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Washington Capitals Release 2012-13 Schedule



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    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:

    • The Caps will face Bruce Boudreau's Anaheim Ducks February 13 in Anaheim, There will be no meeting in D.C. this season.
    • Washington will play on Super Bowl Sunday for the fourth consecutive year February 3 at Verizon Center when it hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.
    • The first game against the Boston Bruins since the teams' first-round playoff series will take place November 2.
    • The Caps will face the Pittsburgh Penguins on two month-ending holidays: Halloween in D.C. and New Year's Eve in Pittsburgh.
    • The longest homestand of the season is five games from December 11-20.

    *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.

    Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog. Follow him on Twitter @AdamVingan and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at)