Capitals announce season opener vs. Canadiens

Capitals announce season opener vs. Canadiens
June 21, 2014, 2:30 pm
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The Capitals will open their 40th anniversary season with a home date against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Oct.9, the NHL announced Saturday.

The League announced the home openers of all 30 teams Saturday, with the full 2014-15 regular season schedule to be released on Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Canadiens fell to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals last season and have reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs six times in the last seven years.

Montreal’s trip to Verizon Center on Opening Night will be the Canadiens’ only visit to D.C. next season with the Capitals set to make two trips to the Bell Centre. While the Canadiens beat the Capitals in the first-round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Washington has compiled a 16-4-2 regular-season record against Montreal since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.

Caps goalie Braden Holtby has been particularlly sharp against Montreal, posting a 5-0-0 lifetime record against the Canadiens with a .964 save percentage, 0.99 goals-against-average and two shutouts.

The Capitals are 18-20-1 all-time in season openers and 22-15-2 in home openers (including a 12-2-1 mark at Verizon Center), but have never faced the Canadiens on Opening Night. Montreal will be playing its second game in as many nights as they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct.8.

The Canadiens-Maple Leafs game on Oct.8 is one of four matchups on the first night of the regular-season. Also on Oct.8, the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers, the Calgary Flames take on the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings will raise their second Stanley Cup banner to the rafters of Staples Center with a matchup against the San Jose Sharks.

The Capitals-Canadiens matchup will be one of 12 games on Oct.9, and takes place on the 40th anniversary of the first game in franchise history – a 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Oct.9, 1974.

 

FULL LIST OF 2014-15 NHL HOME OPENERS

Anaheim Ducks: Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Minnesota

Arizona Coyotes: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Winnipeg

Boston Bruins: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Philadelphia

Buffalo Sabres: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Columbus

Calgary Flames: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Vancouver

Carolina Hurricanes: Friday, Oct. 10 vs. NY Islanders

Chicago Blackhawks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Buffalo

Colorado Avalanche: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota

Columbus Blue Jackets: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers

Dallas Stars: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Chicago

Detroit Red Wings: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Boston

Edmonton Oilers: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Calgary

Florida Panthers: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. New Jersey

Los Angeles Kings: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. San Jose

Minnesota Wild: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Colorado

Montreal Canadiens: Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Boston

Nashville Predators: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Ottawa

New Jersey Devils: Saturday, Oct. 18 vs. San Jose

New York Islanders: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Carolina

New York Rangers: Sunday, Oct. 12 vs. Toronto

Ottawa Senators: Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Colorado

Philadelphia Flyers: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. New Jersey

Pittsburgh Penguins: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Anaheim

San Jose Sharks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Winnipeg

St. Louis Blues: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. NY Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Florida

Toronto Maple Leafs: Wednesday, Oct. 8 vs. Montreal

Vancouver Canucks: Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. Edmonton

Washington Capitals: Thursday, Oct. 9 vs. Montreal

Winnipeg Jets: Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Nashville