About Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals joined the National Hockey League prior to the 1974 season as one of two new teams to join the league. In their inaugural season, the hockey fans in D.C. who bought Capitals tickets that season did not exactly get the high-quality NHL play that they may have been anticipating. During the 80-game regular season, the Caps were only able to muster 8 total wins, while losing 67 and tying just 5. It would take eight years for the team to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but then became a post-season staple for the next 25 years, only missing the playoffs six times. Since the NHL restructured its divisions in 2013, the Capitals have played as part of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. Previously, they had played in multiple divisions, including the Atlantic Division, Patrick Division, Southeast Division, and Norris Division. As of this most recent season, the team has won their division crown eleven times, four of which was as part of the Metropolitan Division.
In 2004, Washington had the first pick in the NHL Entry Draft and used it to change their team history. They selected Russian Left Winger Alexander Ovechkin, and he nearly immediately took his pedestal as one of the greatest players in hockey and helped Capitals ticket sales grow to an all-time high. His rivalry with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby has begun to help the NHL grow in the U.S., as more fans grow interested in the game of hockey. Averaging nearly 54 goals per season, Ovechkin will begin to break hockey records as his career for the Capitals continues. His flash and charisma, as well as the teams exciting brand of play, has helped Washington Capitals tickets become one of the most sought after in the NHL.
The 2017-18 NHL season was historical for the Washington Capitals. Washington finished the regular season with 105 points which allowed them to win the Metropolitan Division for the third year in a row. In the first round of the playoffs the Capitals faced the Columbus Blue Jackets. Capitals fans were a nervous wreck when the team lost the first two games of the series. But Washington bounced back and won the next four games to claim the series. They continued onto the Conference Semifinals to face their division rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh had knocked Washington out of the playoffs the two previous seasons, but fortunately it was not the same outcome this year. The Capitals defeated the Penguins in six games and went on to play the Tampa Bay Lighting in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was an intense series that the Capitals pushed through to end up winning in seven games. Subsequently, the Capitals advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1998. In the finals the Capitals faced the young franchise of the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington won in five games giving, earning the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup. Alexander Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.
It will be difficult to top the success the Washington Capitals experienced last season. Captain Ovechkin will be returning for his 14th season with the Capitals. Head coach Barry Trotz will not be returning for the upcoming season. Trotz coached the Capitals for four years before resigning due to a contract dispute. He was recently hired as the head coach of the New York Islanders. He will be replaced by Todd Reirden who previously was an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The season will kick off on October 3rd at Capital One Arena against the Boston Bruins. The first game of the season against division rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins will be on October 4th at PPG Paints Arena. Will new head coach Todd Reirden and Alex Ovechkin be able to make it to another Stanley Cup Final? There is only one way to find out! TicketNetwork.com can help you find Capitals tickets that will get you and your family into the Capital One Arena for a Caps game this season!