The U.S. Naval Academy is ex­pected to host the Cap­i­tals’ out­door NHL game next sea­son.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY IS­ABELLE KHURSHUDYAN is­abelle.khurshudyan@wash­post.com

The NHL plans to an­nounce an out­door game at the U.S. Naval Academy on Mon­day, and the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals are ex­pected to be the home team against the Toronto Maple Leafs, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowledge of the sit­u­a­tion.

The game, ex­pected to be played March 3, would be the first time a U.S. ser­vice academy hosts an NHL out­door game. The matchup will be a re­match of the first round of the play­offs, a se­ries that the Cap­i­tals won in six games.

Navy-Marine Corps Memo­rial Sta­dium — where the foot­ball team plays — will host the event, and it has a ca­pac­ity of 34,000. That would make for a rel­a­tively small venue for an out­door game, but the NHL re­cently held one at In­vestors Group Field in Win­nipeg, and that fa­cil­ity’s re­ported ca­pac­ity is 33,234.

The Cap­i­tals have played in two out­door games since 2011, win­ning both. The most re­cent was the 2015 Win­ter Clas­sic at Na­tion­als Park, where Wash­ing­ton played Chicago.

The Cap­i­tals have fin­ished with the league’s best reg­u­lar sea­son record two years in a row. Cap­i­tals Gen­eral Man­ager Brian MacLel­lan is sched­uled to meet with re­porters Tues­day for his first me­dia avail­abil­ity since Wash­ing­ton’s sea­son ended this month in the sec­ond round of the play­offs.

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