The Stanley Cup is back in the D.C. area after spending some time in Europe earlier this month. Local Capitals executives have had their day with the Cup this week, including director of player personnel Chris Patrick on Wednesday and his dad, team president Dick Patrick, on Thursday. Dick Patrick has been with the organization since 1982. The Patricks, of course, have a distinguished NHL lineage. They are the sixth and seventh members of the Patrick family to win a Stanley Cup. Dick Patrick’s grandfather, Lester, was a famed player, coach and NHL executive. His father, Muzz, and uncle, Lynn, both won a Cup in 1940 with the New York Rangers. The rest of the team’s American players (T.J. Oshie, Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, Shane Gersich) and coaches (Todd Reirden) will see the Cup next week.  It heads back to Europe in early August. Check with Brian on Twitter to keep up with all things Capitals: @bmcnally14.

We found out Thursday. The schedule came out and the Capitals will raise the banner at home against the Boston Bruins. Here’s a look at some highlights:

Home vs. Boston Bruins — October 3, 7:30 p.m. 
The Capitals home opener is always an exciting night. This one, however, will involve hoisting a Stanley Cup Championship banner for the first time in team history. They will do so against the Boston Bruins, a team coming off a 112-point regular season and one that should be among the NHL’s best next winter. 
Away vs. Pittsburgh Penguins —  October 4, 7 p.m.
After what will undoubtedly be an emotional night lifting a championship banner, the Capitals will take off for the Steel City to face the arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins. After eliminating the Penguins in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Pittsburgh will be out for revenge in this early season matchup.
Home vs. Vegas Golden Knights — October 10 8 p.m.
There’s no rest for the weary early in 2018 for the Capitals. In their third game of the year, Washington will host the first encore of the 2018 Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights in D.C. They’ll play once more in Las Vegas on December 4.
Home vs. New York Islanders — January 18, 7:30 p.m.
Why should Capitals fans care about a mid-january contest against the Islanders? Well in the past this game wouldn’t mean a whole lot. But this year’s matchup brings Barry Trotz back to the District for the first time since he resigned and later signed on to be the coach out on Long Island. Trotz will look to stick it to management when his boys come to town for their lone visit of 2019.
Home vs. Tampa Bay Lighting — March 20, 7:30 p.m.
This late season meeting will be the first of two against the Lighting in Washington’s final nine games. Last these teams met the Capitals celebrated their second ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals after eviscerating Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals 4-0. They’ll meet again 10 days later down in Florida.

Game 1: Golden Knights 6, Capitals 4
Game 2: Capitals 3, Golden Knights 2
Game 3: Capitals 3, Golden Knights 1
Game 4: Capitals 6, Golden Knights 2
Game 5: Capitals 4, Golden Knights 3