The Washington Capitals and NHL have seen a number of schedule changes this season amid COVID-19, with four of Washington’s games and 98 league-wide being postponed due to COVID-19. The league is ready to make up those games over a 16-day stretch in February.
On Wednesday, the NHL announced its new schedule and plan to make up 95 games from Feb. 7-22, which was originally going to be the Olympic break. However, due to a rise in COVID across the globe and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the league is not sending its players to Beijing.
With the change, the Capitals will get a six-day break between their Feb. 2 game against Edmonton before returning to game action on Feb. 8. The NHL’s All-Star Weekend will still take place from Feb. 4-5 in Las Vegas. Alex Ovechkin is the only Washington player attending the festivities and will serve as captain of the Metropolitan Division.
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After that, the Capitals will get right back to work when it comes to making up five games.
Washington will face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 8 for a tilt that was originally scheduled for April 28. The Capitals will then head to Montreal for a showdown with the Habs on Feb. 10, which was originally supposed to take place on Jan. 4.
After that, Washington will host Ottawa at home on Feb. 13 (originally scheduled for Dec. 27) and then head to Nashville to take on the Preds on Feb. 15 (originally scheduled for April 2. Then, the Capitals will make one more road game in February against Philadelphia on Feb. 17 (originally scheduled for Dec. 21).
Washington will then return to its regular schedule on Feb. 24 against New York. The team’s last postponed game against the Islanders, which was supposed to take place on Dec. 23, will be made up on April 28.
The Capitals currently sit one point back of the Metropolitan Division lead with a 22-9-9 record (53).