6: Number of games for the Washington Capitals
5: Number of games on National television
4: Number of home games for the Caps
2: Number of road games for the Caps
5: Number of games against Eastern Conference opponents
2: Number of games against Southeast Division opponents
1: Number of currently scheduled viewing parties (and working on a 2nd)
1: Number of April Fool’s pranks Rock the Red pulled on its readers
5: Number of games against teams in the playoff push
1: Number of back-to-back games (5th and 6th)
2: Number of promotions for the Caps (4/5: Spring Puck Surprise, 4/11: Fan Appreciation Day)
Game I’m most excited for: vs. Boston, April 11
Not only is it fan appreciation day, when there are give-aways every 3 minutes or so, this is the final game before the playoffs start. And can you really beat the atmosphere around the Verizon Center on an afternoon game with nice weather?
Game I’d travel to see: at Pittsburgh, April 6
Being that my choices were to travel to Columbus to see the Blue Jackets, or to travel to Pittsburgh to see Washington close out their regular season series with the Penguins in one of the final games at Mellon Arena – the choice was simple.
Player I’m most excited to see: Rick Nash, April 3
If you watched Team Canada during the Vancouver Olympics, you may remember the former Rocket Richard Trophy winner and his 2 goals and 3 assists. At 6’4″ and 240 pounds, Nash quick and nimble on his skates, and his straight-up game is exhilarating to watch.
Game I’d be okay with missing: vs. Atlanta, April 1
So few dates to choose from, and this one is on the same night as Community and The Office. So it loses.
Game to pad the +/-: vs. Atlanta, April 9th
Besides the Thrashers 3.06 GA/G average which ranks 27th in the league, I will be in attendance at this game – and I’d really like to see a hat trick before the season closes out. Mk?
Be sure to also check out our look at the Hershey Bears’ April schedule and let us know your thoughts on the final month in the regular season!