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Capitals 2018 preseason schedule starting to take shape

Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, holds up the Stanley Cup trophy during the NHL hockey team's Stanley Cup victory celebration, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the National Mall in Washington. The U.S. Capitol rises in the background. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The Capitals are just over a week removed from winning the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history, but it’s never too early to look toward next season.

The NHL’s 2018-19 regular-season schedule will be released next Thursday and most teams have already announced their preseason itineraries for next fall. The Capitals have yet to release their preseason schedule, but it’s not hard to put the pieces together based on what other teams have already revealed.

Below is a good idea of what the Capitals’ 2018 preseason schedule is expected to look like. As has been the case in past years, it appears the Capitals will play a total of seven preseason games. The games are highlighted by home-and-home dates with three teams (Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues) and an annual September trip north of the U.S. border to face the Montreal Canadiens.

Sept. 16: at Boston Bruins (Source: NBC Sports New England)

Sept. 18: vs. Boston Bruins (Source: NBC Sports New England)

Sept. 20: at Montreal Canadiens (Quebec City) (Source: Montreal Gazette)

Sept. 21: at Carolina Hurricanes (Source: Hurricanes Website)

Sept. 25: at St. Louis Blues (Source: Blues Website)

Sept. 28: vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Source: Hurricanes Website)

Sept. 30: vs. St. Louis Blues (Source: Blues Website)