2014–15 Washington Capitals · NHL
Division 2nd Metropolitan
Conference 4th Eastern
2014–15 record 45–26–11
Home record 23–13–5
Road record 22–13–6
Goals for 242
Goals against 203
General Manager Brian MacLellan
Coach Barry Trotz
Captain Alexander Ovechkin
Alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
Arena Verizon Center
Average attendance 19,099[1]
(41 games)
Team Leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (53)
Assists Nicklas Backstrom (60)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (81)
Penalties in minutes Tom Wilson (172)
Wins Braden Holtby (41)
Goals against average Philipp Grubauer (1.85)
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The 2014–15 Washington Capitals season was the 41st season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[2]

Capitals 40th Anniversary patch

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Less than two weeks after the end of the Capitals' 2013–14 season, where the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007, the Washington Capitals announced that Head Coach Adam Oates was fired and General Manager George McPhee would not have his contract with the team renewed.[3] On May 26, 2014, the Capitals promoted Brian MacLellan to be senior vice president and general manager and named Barry Trotz their new head coach.[4]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

See also: 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs

The Washington Capitals entered the playoffs as the Metropolitan Division's second seed. They defeated the New York Islanders in the first round, and were defeated by the New York Rangers in the second round.

Standings[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Metropolitan Division
New York Rangersx y z p 82 53 22 2 5 252 192 113
Washington Capitalsx 82 45 26 7 4 242 203 101
New York Islandersx 82 47 28 1 6 252 230 101
Pittsburgh Penguinsx 82 43 27 6 6 221 210 98
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 3 2 236 250 89
Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 7 11 215 234 84
New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 7 7 181 216 78
Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 4 7 188 226 71

Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Atlantic Divison (Top 3)
Team GP W L OTL SL GF GA Pts
New York Rangersx y z p 82 53 22 2 5 252 192 113
Montreal Canadiens x y 82 50 22 5 5 221 189 110
Tampa Bay Lightningx 82 50 24 3 5 262 211 108
Washington Capitalsx 82 45 26 7 4 242 203 101
New York Islandersx 82 47 28 1 6 252 230 101
Detroit Red Wings x 82 43 25 4 10 235 221 100
Ottawa Senatorsx 82 43 26 6 7 238 215 99
Pittsburgh Penguinsx 82 43 27 6 6 221 210 98
Boston Bruins 82 41 27 4 10 213 211 96
Florida Panthers 82 38 29 5 10 206 223 91
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 3 2 236 250 89
Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 7 11 215 234 84
New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 7 7 181 216 78
Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 4 7 188 226 71
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 3 5 211 262 68
Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 3 5 161 274 54

Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

2014–15 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player statistics[edit | edit source]

Final stats

Skaters

Regular Season[5]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 81 53 28 81 10 58
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 82 18 60 78 5 40
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 82 12 43 55 11 28
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 82 20 27 47 6 10
Green, MikeMike Green 72 10 35 45 15 34
Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 82 21 22 43 11 53
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 80 11 26 37 10 24
Ward, JoelJoel Ward 82 19 15 34 −4 30
Fehr, EricEric Fehr 75 19 14 33 8 20
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 82 4 27 31 7 47
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 53 9 13 22 12 10
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 82 5 16 21 14 20
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich 66 7 13 20 −2 24
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 62 10 10 20 6 20
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 77 7 12 19 −1 51
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 78 0 19 19 5 66
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 67 4 13 17 −1 172
Glencross, CurtisCurtis Glencross

|| 18 || 4 || 3 || 7 || −1 || 6

Latta, MichaelMichael Latta 53 0 6 6 4 68
Hillen, JackJack Hillen

|| 35 || 0 || 5 || 5 || 1 || 10

Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt 39 1 3 4 −2 10
Gleason, TimTim Gleason

|| 17 || 0 || 2 || 2 || 5 || 11

O'Brien, LiamLiam O'Brien 13 1 1 2 4 23
Brown, ChrisChris Brown 5 1 0 1 1 2
Galiev, StanislavStanislav Galiev 2 1 0 1 1 0
Conner, ChrisChris Conner 2 0 0 0 1 4
Volpatti, AaronAaron Volpatti 2 0 0 0 0 0
Oleksy, StevenSteven Oleksy 1 0 0 0 −1 0
Schilling, CameronCameron Schilling 4 0 0 0 1 4

Playoffs[6]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ward, JoelJoel Ward 14 3 6 9 1 2
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 14 5 4 9 −3 6
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 14 3 5 8 −3 2
Chimera, JasonJason Chimera 14 3 4 7 4 4
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 14 5 2 7 4 8
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 14 1 5 6 3 4
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 14 1 4 5 0 4
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 14 0 4 4 −2 0
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 14 2 2 4 0 6
Johansson, MarcusMarcus Johansson 14 1 3 4 2 2
Brouwer, TroyTroy Brouwer 14 0 3 3 −3 10
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 11 2 1 3 2 0
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 14 0 2 2 5 8
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich 14 1 1 2 1 0
Green, MikeMike Green 14 0 2 2 −1 14
Gleason, TimTim Gleason 14 0 1 1 −3 5
Glencross, CurtisCurtis Glencross 10 1 0 1 −5 2
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 13 0 1 1 −2 25
Fehr, EricEric Fehr 4 0 0 0 −1 2
Latta, MichaelMichael Latta 4 0 0 0 −1 2

Goaltenders
Regular Season[5]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 73 72 4247 41 20 10 157 2.22 2044 .923 9 0 2 2
Peters, JustinJustin Peters 12 9 647 3 6 1 35 3.25 294 .881 0 0 0 0
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 1 1 65 1 0 0 2 1.85 25 .920 0 0 0 0
Playoffs[6]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 13 13 806 6 7 23 1.71 412 .944 1 0 1 0
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 1 1 60 1 0 3 3.00 21 .857 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Capitals. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Roster[edit | edit source]

Notable achievements[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin NHL Second Star of the Week[7] January 5, 2015
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin NHL All-Star game selection[8] January 10, 2015
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin NHL First Star of the Month[9] February 2, 2015
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin NHL Third Star of the Month[10] March 1, 2015

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
O'Brien, L.L. O'Brien 1st Career NHL Game October 9, 2014
Burakovsky, A.A. Burakovsky 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 9, 2014
A. Burakovsky 1st Career NHL Assist October 14, 2014
L. O'Brien 1st Career NHL Goal October 26, 2014
Chimera, J.J. Chimera 800th Career NHL Game October 29, 2014
Niskanen, M.M. Niskanen 500th Career NHL Game October 29, 2014
Johansson, M.M. Johansson 100th Career NHL Assist November 2, 2014
Ovechkin, A.A. Ovechkin Capitals All-Time Franchise Points Record November 4, 2014
Beagle, J.J. Beagle 200th Career NHL Game November 7, 2014
A. Ovechkin 400th Career NHL Assist November 8, 2014
A. Ovechkin 700th Career NHL Game November 26, 2014
Fehr, E.E. Fehr 400th Career NHL Game December 2, 2014
Ward, J.J. Ward 200th Career NHL Point December 6, 2014
Laich, B.B. Laich 300th Career NHL Point December 6, 2014
Wilson, T.T. Wilson 100th Career NHL Game December 11, 2014
M. Johansson 300th Career NHL Game January 1, 2015
Backstrom, N.N. Backstrom 400th Career NHL Assist January 27, 2015
Brouwer, T.T. Brouwer 500th Career NHL Game February 3, 2015
Alzner, K.K. Alzner 400th Career NHL Game February 11, 2015
J. Ward 500th Career NHL Game March 3, 2015
Backstrom, N.N. Backstrom Capitals All-Time Franchise Assists Record March 15, 2015
Galiev, S.S. Galiev 1st Career NHL Game April 8, 2015
Holtby, B.B. Holtby 20th Career NHL Shutout April 8, 2015
S. Galiev 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
April 11, 2015

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

June 28, 2014[11] To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2014
3rd-round pick in 2014
To Washington Capitals
2nd-round pick in 2014
June 28, 2014[12] To Winnipeg Jets
6th-round pick in 2014
NSH's 7th-round pick in 2014
7th-round pick in 2015
To Washington Capitals
Edward Pasquale
6th-round pick in 2014
June 28, 2014 To New York Rangers
4th-round pick in 2014
CHI's 4th-round pick in 2014
To Washington Capitals
3rd-round pick in 2014
February 28, 2015[13] To Carolina Hurricanes
Jack Hillen
ARZ's 4th-round pick in 2015
To Washington Capitals
Tim Gleason
March 1, 2015[14] To Calgary Flames
2nd-round pick in 2015
3rd-round pick in 2015
To Washington Capitals
Curtis Glencross

Free agents acquired[edit | edit source]

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2014 Brooks Orpik Pittsburgh Penguins 5-years, $27.5 million [15]
July 1, 2014 Justin Peters Carolina Hurricanes 2-years, $1.9 million [16]
July 1, 2014 Matt Niskanen Pittsburgh Penguins 7-years, $40.25 million [17]
July 1, 2014 Mike Moore Providence Bruins 1-year, $550,000 [18]
July 1, 2014 Jon Landry Iowa Wild 1-year, $550,000 [18]
July 1, 2014 Chris Conner Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $550,000 [19]
July 4, 2014 Tim Kennedy Arizona Coyotes 1-year, $550,000 [20]
July 4, 2014 Kris Newbury Philadelphia Flyers 1-year, $550,000 [20]
October 6, 2014 Liam O'Brien Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 years, $1.865 million entry-level contract [21]

Free agents lost[edit | edit source]

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2014 David Leggio New York Islanders 1 year, $700,000 [22]
July 2, 2014 Joel Rechlicz Minnesota Wild 1 year, $600,000 [23]
July 2, 2014 Mikhail Grabovski New York Islanders 4 years, $20 million [24]
July 3, 2014 Tyson Strachan Buffalo Sabres 1 year, $650,000 [25]
August 8, 2014 Julien Brouillette Winnipeg Jets 1 year, $600,000 [26]

Claimed via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Previous team Date

Lost via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player New team Date


Player signings[edit | edit source]

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2014 Michael Latta 2-years, $1.15 million [27]
July 9, 2014 Edward Pasquale 1-year, $550,000 [28]
July 13, 2014 Nate Schmidt 1-year, $625,000 [29]
July 15, 2014 Vitek Vanecek 3-year, $2.3275 million entry level contract [30]
July 15, 2014 Jakub Vrana 3-year, $2.775 million entry level contract [31]
July 25, 2014 Nathan Walker 3-year, entry level contract [32]
September 9, 2014 Cameron Schilling 1 year [33]
March 4, 2015 Tyler Lewington 3-year, entry level contract [34]
March 31, 2015 Travis Boyd 2-year, entry level contract [35]
April 17, 2015 Riley Barber 2-year, entry level contract [36]
June 2, 2015 Garrett Mitchell 2-years [37]
June 15, 2015 Philipp Grubauer 2-years, $1.5 million [38]
June 17, 2015 Nate Schmidt 2-years, $1.625 million [39]

Suspensions/fines[edit | edit source]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Tom Wilson Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 1057 in Minnesota on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 14:45 of the second period. $2,000.00 March 27, 2015[40]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Washington Capitals draft picks

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft will be held on June 27–28, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 13 Jakub Vrana L/RW Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Linkopings HC (Sweden)
2 39[a] Vitek Vanecek G Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech Republic)
3 89[b] Nathan Walker LW Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Hershey Bears (AHL)
5 134 Shane Gersich C/LW Flag of the United States United States USA U-18 (USHL)
6 159[c] Steven Spinner RW Flag of the United States United States Eden Prairie High School (USHS–MN)
7 194 Kevin Elgestal RW Flag of Sweden Sweden Frolunda HC (J20 SuperElit)
Notes

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2014–2015 NHL Attendance – National Hockey League – ESPN. ESPN.
  2. National Hockey League (2012). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2013. Triumph Books, 127. ISBN 978-1-60078-785-0. 
  3. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/washington-capitals-fire-head-coach-and-long-time-gm/article18280953/
  4. capitalstoday.com. CAPITALS PROMOTE BRIAN MACLELLAN TO GENERAL MANAGER, NAME BARRY TROTZ COACH. Caps PR. Retrieved on 26 May 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 2014-2015 Regular Season Stats - Points - Washington Capitals - Statistics. Washington Capitals. Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 2014-2015 Playoffs Season Stats - Points - Washington Capitals - Statistics. Washington Capitals. Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  7. Oshie, Ovechkin, Price named NHL's Three Stars. NHL (January 5, 2015).
  8. 2015 NHL All-Star selections highlighted by three Columbus Blue Jackets. NHL (January 10, 2015).
  9. Ovechkin, Tavares, Rask named 'Stars' for January. NHL (February 2, 2015).
  10. Dubnyk, Price, Ovechkin named NHL's three stars for February. NHL (March 1, 2015).
  11. 2014 NHL DRAFT: ROUND 2 – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (June 28, 2014).
  12. Jets Make Six Selections & Two Trades on Day Two of Draft. Winnipeg Jets (June 28, 2014).
  13. Capitals Acquire Tim Gleason from Carolina. Washington Capitals (February 28, 2015).
  14. Capitals Acquire Curtis Glencross from Calgary. Washington Capitals (March 1, 2015).
  15. Capitals Sign Brooks Orpik.
  16. Capitals Sign Justin Peters.
  17. Capitals Sign Matt Niskanen.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Capitals Sign Jon Landry and Mike Moore.
  19. Capitals Sign Chris Conner.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Capital's Today. Capitals Sign Tim Kennedy and Kris Newbury - Capital's Today. Capital's Today.
  21. Capitals Sign Liam O'Brien.
  22. New York Islanders - Islanders Sign Three To Two-Way Deals.
  23. Wild Signs Rechlicz To Two-Way Deal.
  24. New York Islanders - Islanders Agree to Terms with Grabovski.
  25. SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN TYSON STRACHAN.
  26. Jets Agree to Terms with Julien Brouillette.
  27. Capitals Re-sign Michael Latta.
  28. Pasquale signs two-way contract with Capitals. NHL.com.
  29. Capital's Today. Capitals Re-sign Nate Schmidt - Capital's Today. Capital's Today.
  30. Capital's Today. Capitals Sign Vitek Vanecek - Capital's Today. Capital's Today.
  31. Capital's Today. Capitals Sign Jakub Vrana - Capital's Today. Capital's Today.
  32. Capitals Sign Nathan Walker.
  33. Capitals Re-sign Cameron Schilling.
  34. Capitals Sign Tyler Lewington.
  35. Capitals Sign Travis Boyd.
  36. Capitals Sign Riley Barber.
  37. Capitals Re-sign Garrett Mitchell.
  38. Capitals Re-sign Philipp Grubauer.
  39. Capitals Re-sign Nate Schmidt.
  40. Capitals' Wilson fined $2,000 for diving/embellishment. NHL (March 27, 2015).


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