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Washington Capitals Tickets
The Washington Capitals rank as one of the best teams in the NHL after winning the Stanley Cup at the end of last season. The team is led by former No. 1 draft pick in the 2004 NHL Draft Alexander Ovechkin and teammates Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Braden Holtby. The Capitals joined the league in 1974 as an expansion team. The team made it to its first playoff series during the 1982-83 season and won its first divisional title at the end of the 1988-89 season. It made it all the way to the conference finals in the spring of 1990. The Capitals went to the Stanley Cup finals against the rival Detroit Red Wings after winning the conference title in 1997-98. Things started getting even better once the Red Wings drafted Alex Ovechkin in 2004. Ovechkin has led the team to two straight President Trophy wins as the most successful team during the regular season before capturing the Stanley Cup at the end of the 2018-19 season. Get your Washington Capitals tickets at StubHub.
Who is the Capitals’ head coach?
Todd Reirden became head coach after Barry Trotz resigned before the start of the 2018-19 NHL season. He served as the defensive assistant coach for the Capitals last year as the team captured its first NHL Championship since its founding in 1974. Reirden joined the Capitals for the 2014-15 season and immediately created a defensive unit that led the NHL in power-play percentage of 25.3%. The defense also ranked third in goals scored in the NHL that year. Overall, over the past four years, the Capitals defensemen have scored 176 goals as Reirden created a top-scoring defensive unit. He previously served as an assistant coach with the rival Pittsburgh Penguins, where he directed a defensive unit that scored 164 goals and had the highest power-play percentage of 22.3% during his time there.
What is the Capital One Arena like?
The Capital One Arena has served as home to the Washington Capitals since they moved away from the Capital Centre in 1997. The arena has numerous lounges and restaurants located throughout it as well as a couple of fast food restaurants. The arena is located in the middle of the entertainment district in downtown Washington, D.C.
How much are Capitals tickets?
The tickets prices vary depending on the teams the Capitals are playing against. Tickets can go as low as $23 at StubHub for games against division rivals Columbus Blue Jackets or $85 for games against the rival 2019 President Trophy winner Tampa Bay Lightning. Tickets can go as high as $1,210.93 at StubHub for the best seats against the Lightning.
Who are some notable players on the Capitals?
The Capitals have a strong core of players, including left-wing Ovechkin, who also serves as captain of the squad. Ovechkin has played over 1,100 games for the Capitals and has scored 673 goals and 563 assists for 1,236 points at the quarter mark of the current season. Swedish-born center Niklas Backstrom serves as the assistant captain for the 2019-20 season. The 32-year-old has played in 918 games so far in his career with 235 goals with 656 assists for 891 points. TJ Oshie, a right-wing player, is an American-born player from Everett, Wash. Originally a first-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues, Oshie has amassed 533 points in 759 games in his career. On defense, John Carlson is a player to watch with 439 points in 713 games. The goal is protected by Braden Holtby who has a GAA of 2.48 and a save percentage of .918 with 35 shutouts in 438 games played.
How is the tailgating scene at Capitals games?
There is not a traditional tailgating experience at the arena due to lack of parking, but the entertainment district around the arena has plenty of bars and restaurants where fans gather before and after the games to celebrate the team.