Team Logo. The Washington Capitals are a team in the National Hockey League. They compete in the Eastern Conference (NHL). They get their name because Washington, DC is the capital of the United States. Retrieved from "https://prosportsteams.fandom.com/wiki/Washington_Capitals?oldid=5550" Categories: National Hockey League teams Eastern Conference (NHL) teams Teams in Washington DC Add category Cancel Save Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.