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The Caps will square off against the Jets in Winnipeg on two consecutive nights in March.
Since the NHL had to quickly schedule 30 teams to play 48 games in 99 days, there were bound to be some quirks in the resulting schedule.
For the Washington Capitals, the first of which occurs in early February. On Feb. 3, the Capitals host the rival Penguins at Verizon Center. Only four days later, the Capitals play the Penguins in Pittsburgh, the two games interrupted by the Capitals playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in Washington on Feb. 5. The Toronto game creates a sort of split home-and-home for the Capitals and Penguins.
But even more odd than that is something that can only be described as a two-game series. Twice on their schedule, exactly a month apart, the Capitals will play the same opponent in two consecutive games in the same arena.
On Feb. 21, the Capitals will host the New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center, only to host the same New Jersey Devils at Verizon Center on Feb. 23, with no game in between.
But even quirkier—and more menacing—is what occurs on March 21 and 22. On those two consecutive nights, the Capitals will play two games against the division rival Winnipeg Jets in the intimidating MTS Centre in Winnipeg. The Jets' home arena has already become one of the toughest places to play in the NHL. And this season, the Caps will get a painful double dose of The Peg.
Too bad realignment was not approved by the NHL before the start of this season.