Top 10 best games: Caps vs. Red Wings

Top 10 best games: Caps vs. Red Wings
August 16, 2013, 12:45 pm
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With single-game tickets now on sale, CSNWashington.com is counting down the top 10 must-see Capitals games in 2013-14 (the countdown includes both home and away games).

As colleague Brian McNally noted last week, the Capitals will host and visit every NHL team at least once  for the first time since 1997-98. 

Below is a look at the countdown so far:

GAME #10: MARCH 25, 2014 CAPITALS VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS 

GAME #9: FEBRUARY 8, 2014 CAPITALS VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS

GAME #8: JANUARY 25, 2014 CAPITALS @ MONTREAL CANADIENS 

GAME #7: OCTOBER 12, 2013 CAPITALS VS. COLORADO AVALANCHE

GAME #6: FEBRUARY 2, 2014 CAPITALS VS. DETROIT RED WINGS

The Capitals have made a tradition of hosting marquee opponents on Super Bowl Sunday and next season is no exception with the Red Wings visiting D.C. for a nationally televised Feb. 2 matinee. 

The Red Wings are among the NHL’s model franchises and their current streak of 22 straight postseason appearances is the longest active streak in the four major sports leagues.

Making the Red Wings’ playoff streak even more impressive is that much of it was accomplished despite one of the NHL’s most demanding travel schedules. From 2000-13, the Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets were the only teams in the Western Conference based in the Eastern Time zone. 

Thanks to conference realignment though, the Red Wings will debut next season in the Atlantic Division and that will likely make the path to the Stanley Cup Playoffs more challenging for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

Detroit’s move to the Eastern Conference next year also means that the Red Wings and Capitals will meet three times in the regular season first time since 1992-93.

The Feb.2 matchup at Verizon Center marks the sixth straight year that the Capitals will play on Super Bowl Sunday. Overall, the Capitals are 14-7-2 all-time on Super Sunday, including a 14-6-1 record at home.

START OF 4-GAME HOMESTAND:

As noted earlier in this countdown, the Capitals end of the month of January with a five-game, eight-day road trip from Jan. 24-31. The Capitals then return to D.C. for a four game homestand just before the Olympic break.

The Feb.2 game against the Red Wings not only marks the start of the 4-game homestand, but it is also the back end of a home-and-home series against Detroit (the teams meet two nights earlier, Friday Jan. 31 at Joe Louis Arena). 

ALFREDSSON LAST HURRAH:

With the Red Wings making just the one visit to Verizon Center next season, the Super Sunday matchup could be the final game in the District for future Hall of Fame member Daniel Alfredsson.

Alfredsson, who turns 41 in December, signed a one-year $5.5 million deal with Detroit in July after spending his entire NHL career with the Ottawa Senators. 

Alfredsson has 426 career goals and 1,108 points in 1,178 games and is the second all-time leading scorer among Swedish forwards, behind only Mats Sundin.