The Washington Capitals schedule begins with two preparation games before they face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. Other than the game with Chicago, Washington faces an easy first month of the season that will prep them for the chance at another run to the Stanley Cup. The Capitals fell in the second round of the playoffs last season, in a grueling seven game series with the New York Rangers, who they face to open the second month of the season. Washington led the Rangers 3-1 before falling apart and giving away three straight to end the series. Their offense and defense failed them as they only tallied one goal in two of last three games and gave up four goals in the other contest. The Capitals were the two seed during the regular season and blew a great chance at reaching the finals as they led the one seeded Rangers 3-1. The Capitals have a few other challenges in November with two games against the Red Wings and one game against Tampa Bay, but overall they will be able to ease their way into the season.
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The Washington Capitals schedule takes a turn for the worst in December when they have several top tier teams coming to town including a nationally televised match with Detroit. Detroit and Washington see each other often in a two month period and the two teams could have a potential playoff meeting as they finished just one point apart last year. In January and February the Capitals face their first round foe from a year ago in the New York Islanders. That first round series went seven games before Washington battled for seven more games against the other New York franchise. Both New York teams present an obstacle in the Capitals goal of reaching the finals next season. The Washington Capitals schedule finishes out with three games against potential playoff teams. They face the Blues, Penguins, and Islanders, with two of three games being at home. If last season is any indication all three of those games could have great meaning to them. Overall, the Washington Capitals schedule has two different seasons. The first half stands in their favor while the second half of the season becomes much more difficult. They will need to use their collapse from last season’s playoff run to fuel their fire in 2015-2016. With Alexander Ovechkin in the lineup they will always be a contender but Ovechkin could use more help on the offensive end from his teammates. The Capitals were pretty steady throughout the regular season last year and figure to be in the same position next season. This time around they hope for a better ending.
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