The Washington Capitals have been around since 1974 and have been one of the better franchises in the NHL since the start of the 1999 season. Winning 7 of their 8 division titles during that span, the Capitals have been consistent title contenders. Washington won the Presidents’ Trophy during the 2009-2010 season, awarded to the team that finishes with the most points. During their 35+ years of existence, the Capitals have won one conference championship occurring during the 1997-1998 season. The key to the Capitals consistency recently has been the play of wing Alexander Ovechkin. The multiple MVP award winner has been a catalyst for Washington and has helped lead the team to numerous division titles since he began playing for Washington in 2005. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Washington Capitals hockey tickets.
2015 Capitals Season Preview
The 2013-2014 season saw the Washington Capitals fall painfully short of a playoff berth. Washington finished the season 38-30, and just 3 points shy of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Missing the playoffs a year after finishing 3rd in the Eastern Conference led the Captials to bring in new leadership and the team comes into 2014 with new head coach Barry Trotz and a new general manager in Brian MacLellan.
Notable players who departed the Caps after last season are Mikhail Grabovski and Jaroslav Halak. Replacing them will be solid defensive veterans Matt Niskanen, and Brooks Orpik. This focus on shirring up the defense comes as Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has been under fire for his defensive woes. It is hard to imagine a player being criticized after a season that saw him score 51 goals, but these are the expectations around the once in a generation talent like Ovechkin. The defensive improvements for the Washington Capitals when combined that with Ovechkin’s scoring ability give the Caps a very legitimate shot at the 2015 NHL playoffs.
Check out our Washington Capitals Season Preview History page for previews of previous Capitals seasons.
Washington Capitals Hockey at Verizon Center Address: 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Capitals play all their home games at the Verizon Center, located in Washington D.C. When filled to capacity, the Verizon Center can hold over 18,000 screaming and loyal Capitals fans. The Verizon Center is also the home to the Washington Wizards of the NBA, Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and the Georgetown University men’s basketball team. The Washington Capitals home bench is on the Verizon Center rink side in front of sections 100 & 101. Verizon Center parking information is covered in our Capitals event guide.
Capitals vs. Penguins
Before Ovechkin vs. Crosby or any of the other young guns took over, these two teams locked up the same way they do today. The Pens knocked the Caps out of the playoffs in 1991 on the way to their first Stanley Cup Championship, and knocked them out again on the way to the repeat. With memorable games between them like the 2011 Winter Classic continuing to fuel the fire, this rivalry won’t have water dumped on it any time soon.
Capitals vs. Flyers
There’s only one team the Capitals have been in more fights with than the Penguins, and that’s the Philadelphia Flyers. The two teams played in the playoffs in 2009 with the Flyers coming back from down 3-1 to win the series, forever cementing the Flyers as one team the Caps players and fans will always dislike.
Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup, Eastern Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
The Capitals, despite having not won a Stanley Cup in franchise history, have still had their fair share of successes. Washington has made appearances in two Eastern Conference Finals even making a trip to the NHL Stanley Cup in 1998. With an incredible 23-playoff appearances dating back to 1983, the Washington Capitals are certainly no slouch.
Washington Capitals Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to a Capitals game?
Verizon Center opens its games to the general public 1-hour before Capitals games.
Where are good places to eat before a Capitals game?
Verizon Center is located only a few blocks away from D.C.’s Penn quarter that has numerous good dining options. For fans of Spanish food we recommend trying Jaleo. It has a wonderful atmosphere and some of the best tapas anywhere. If you are a fan of Mediterranean food, or a foodie you have to try Zaytinya. Easily one of the top restaurants in the city, this exquisite dining option is a must. If you are feeling adventurous try Nando’s Peri Peri. Nando’s serves many wonderful international dishes and is a great spot for someone looking to try something new. Other great places close by are Teasim, Oyamel, Clyde’s, or Matchbox.
Where is the best place to park at Verizon Center?
There are quite a few good parking options in the few blocks around Verizon Center. Try looking to the west of the arena between G St. NW and F St. NW on 9th ST. NW. There are a couple garages to the south of E St. NW also. Parking usually runs between $10-$30 at most of these garages. Public transportation in Washington D.C. is great. The Metro lets off underneath Verizon Center and four other stations are within walking distance. Taking the Metro is the most convenient way to get to the game, and you will be surrounded with other Capitals fans instead of traffic.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Capitals game?
Any child under the age of 3 years old does not require a ticket to a Capitals game and will be allowed to sit on a guardians lap for the duration of the game. We highly recommend bringing proof of your child’s age to the door to avoid any last minute hassles.