League: Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division
Head Coach: Todd Reirden
Team Mascot: Slapshot
Year Opened: 1997
City / State: Washington / District Columbia
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
Capitals vs Penguins
Rival Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Capitals and Penguins have been rivals dating back to the teams’ days in the Patrick Division. The two have faced off in the playoffs nine times with the Penguins getting the best of the Capitals in eight of the nine meetings. The emergence of the the Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby have really turned up the heat on this rivalry making it a can’t miss for hockey fans everywhere.
Capitals vs Rangers
Rival Team: New York Rangers
The Capitals and Rangers have been rivals since 1980 and have met in the playoffs nine times over the years. Five of these playoff matchups have occurred in the past seven years making the Capitals-Rangers rivalry one of the most intense rivalries right now. You can’t go wrong attending a Capitals-Rangers game during your trip to D.C.
Capitals vs Flyers
Rival Team: Philadelphia Flyers
The rivalry between the Capitals and Flyers goes back to the teams’ days in the Patrick Division. During these days the Capitals and Flyers regularly met in the playoffs with the Caps securing their first ever playoff series victory against the Flyers in 1984. The two teams have met in many playoffs series since making a matchup between these two a can’t miss.
Capitals vs Islanders
Rival Team: New York Islanders
The Capitals and Islanders met in several intense playoff series during the 1980s and 1990s, with the most memorable occurring in the 1987 Patrick Division Semifinals. The series was decided in a game seven three overtime thriller that has been dubbed the “Easter Epic.” Recently, the Caps and Isles reignited their playoff contests with a seven-game series in 2015, so be in attendance when these two get together.