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Report: Washington to open on Jan. 19 in Tampa Bay

Jan 11, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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Adam Oates will make his Capitals coaching debut on the road.

Oates and the Capitals will reportedly play in Tampa Bay when the NHL season kicks off on Jan. 19, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The matchup keeps with the “rivalry” theme of opening day/night. These Southeast Division foes have established a healthy feud over the last few years, one that reached its apex when the Lightning swept the Caps out of the 2011 playoffs.

Washington has undergone a series of changes since then, many of them occurring this offseason. Oates was brought in to replace former head coach Dale Hunter and at forward, Alex Semin and Mike Knuble were replaced by Mike Ribeiro and Wojtek Wolski.

Bolts sniper Steve Stamkos was excited to learn he and his teammates would be opening against Washington.

“That will be great,” he said. “It’s a great test for us. It’s a team we’re going to have to battle with if we’re going to make the playoffs. We might as well get them in front of our home fans.”

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  1. mudkip23 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I bet Stamkos still gets 30 this year

    • adlent - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Coming from a Caps fan: This wouldn’t shock me. Guy is talented.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      If he scores at last season’s pace, he should get 35.

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Bring it Tampa, its a great tester for the Caps as well. Hope we come out strong one the road! GO CAPS!!

    • tbbolts91 - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      oh you got it coming alright… ;P

  3. ravenscaps48 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    It looks to me as if they are picking up the schedule right where it left off. Should be a real doozie!

  4. lsxphotog - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    This will be a good match. Two hungry teams ready to play.

  5. klownboy - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    SOOOOO happy to have hockey back. Now I can finally check out a Capitals game now that I am in DC…

  6. husky2score - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM


  7. jrillah10 - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Yipppppeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait for this. Die hard Lightning fan with a ton of respect for Washington and Ovie. Looking forward to a great night of Hockey! Go Lightning!!!!!!

  8. kantnockdahustle89 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Carolina makes the most sense to me. Staal and Semin are big new pieces to showcase against a super popular team. TB isn’t bad just saying Carolina seems new and exciting to check out.

  9. justinxxchunche3 - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Really hope the players catch on to Oates new system in less than a week…ovechkin and backstrom and ribero could all have pretty good seasons, we’ve had years being number one scoring team, an last year out defensing the bruins and rangers (yeah I know the rangers won) now time to find the balance, we’ve shown we can win offensive and we can win defensively whn they have to. If they can find this balance, this could be a special year , if not, back to redskins in the spring

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