This is not the first time Washington has been wearing a blue alternative since the beginning of the Rock the Red era in 2007. The team’s last predominantly blue jersey was the dark blue “caps” design that the Capitals wore for their Stadium Series outdoor game in Annapolis in 2018.

The Capitals’ new third kit will be part of their rotation for the next three seasons, replacing the third kit, modeled after the franchise’s original red sweater that Washington has been wearing since the 2018-19 season. The blue alternative is the second new look that the Capitals introduced this season. The team will wear its “reverse retro” jerseys, featuring the logo of the Screaming Eagle that the franchise wore from 1995-2007, for four games this season.

According to the team, the “W” on the front of the third shirt, which includes the Washington Monument, serves “as a tribute to Washington, DC,” while the three red stars represent Maryland, the district and Virginia.

The capitals wear their third kits, available online, once against each East Division opponent at home. Here is the full schedule for the third kit:

Tuesday against New York Islanders

February 7th against Philadelphia Flyers

February 21 against New York Rangers

March 25 against New Jersey Devils

April 8 against Boston Bruins

April 15 against Buffalo Sabers

May 1st against Pittsburgh Penguins