The Washington Times - April 11, 2011, 03:34PM

In an effort to grow their Maryland fan base, the Capitals are moving back across the river and well beyond the D.C. area for at least a game.

The Caps announced Monday afternoon in Baltimore that they’re playing a preseason game at 1st Mariner Arena this coming September. The “Baltimore Hockey Classic” will be against the Nashville Predators on Sept. 20.

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“We can only seat 18,000 people in our building … so we’ll take our product on the road from time to time,” GM George McPhee said. “Baltimore has been a great hockey market for many, many years and a great professional market.”

Baltimore City Council President Jack Young referenced the past minor league teams the city has had and Bruce Boudreau’s time with the Skipjacks. McPhee pointed to the Caps’ fan base in Baltimore as a reason for the game.