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2017–18 Washington Capitals · NHL
Stanley Cup Champions
Eastern Conference Champions
Metropolitan Division Champions
Division 1st Metropolitan
Conference 3rd Eastern
2017–18 record 49–26–7
Home record 28–11–2
Road record 21–15–5
Goals for 259
Goals against 239
General Manager Brian MacLellan
Coach Barry Trotz
Captain Alexander Ovechkin
Alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
Arena Capital One Arena
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (49)
Assists Evgeny Kuznetsov (56)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (87)
Penalties in minutes Tom Wilson (187)
Wins Braden Holtby (34)
Goals against average Philipp Grubauer (2.35)

The 2017–18 Washington Capitals season was the 44th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[1] They played their home games at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. They were led by head coach Barry Trotz in his fourth season as coach of the Capitals. The Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in organization history, defeating the inaugural-season Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The team finished the regular season with 105 points, winning the Metropolitan Division for the third year in a row. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they lost the first two games of their first round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets before winning the next four games to advance to the Conference Semifinals against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who ended the Capitals' playoffs each of the previous two years.[2][3] The Capitals defeated the Penguins in six games to advance the Eastern Conference Finals, their first trip to a conference championship series since 1998.[4] The Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games, after overcoming a 3-2 series deficit following a Game 5 loss for the first time in franchise history, to earn their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998, when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.[5][6] The Capitals faced the first-year Vegas Golden Knights and defeated them in five games to earn the organization's first ever Stanley Cup,[7][8] while becoming the 100th Stanley Cup champions since 1914. Alexander Ovechkin was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.[9]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The Capitals' preseason schedule was released on June 7, 2017.[10]

Regular seasonEdit

The team released its regular season schedule on June 22, 2017.[11]

2017–18 game log

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

PlayoffsEdit

The Capitals endured hardships during their first successful Stanley Cup run through 24 games, and simultaneously became the second Stanley Cup champion to trail at least once in all four playoff rounds (1990–91 Pittsburgh Penguins) and drop the first two games of the first series at home (2010–11 Boston Bruins). This also makes such run the third-longest Stanley Cup run, tied with four other runs.[12]

2018 Stanley Cup playoffs

      Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

Final Stats[13]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 82 49 38 87 3 32
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 79 27 56 83 3 48
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 81 21 50 71 5 46
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 82 15 53 68 0 32
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 74 18 29 47 2 31
Eller, LarsLars Eller 81 18 20 38 –6 38
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 78 14 21 35 10 187
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 82 10 21 31 10 22
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 68 7 22 29 24 36
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 70 15 12 27 −6 30
Vrana, JakubJakub Vrana 73 13 14 27 2 12
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 56 12 13 25 3 27
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 79 7 15 22 3 16
Chiasson, AlexAlex Chiasson 61 9 9 18 1 26
Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 67 6 12 18 13 8
Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly 75 7 9 16 −6 38
Djoos, ChristianChristian Djoos 63 3 11 14 13 10
Bowey, MadisonMadison Bowey 51 0 12 12 –3 24
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 81 0 10 10 −9 68
Chorney, TaylorTaylor Chorney

|| 24 || 1 || 3 || 4 || 8 || 8

Jerabek, JakubJakub Jerabek

|| 11 || 1 || 3 || 4 || −1 || 0

Kempny, MichalMichal Kempny

|| 22 || 2 || 1 || 3 || 1 || 14

Walker, NathanNathan Walker

|| 7 || 1 || 0 || 1 || 1 || 4

Gersich, ShaneShane Gersich 3 0 1 1 –1 0
Boyd, TravisTravis Boyd 8 0 1 1 2 2
Ness, AaronAaron Ness 8 0 1 1 2 8
O'Brien, LiamLiam O'Brien 3 0 0 0 0 5
Peluso, AnthonyAnthony Peluso 2 0 0 0 0 4
Graovac, TylerTyler Graovac 5 0 0 0 –3 2

Playoffs[13]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 24 12 20 32 12 16
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 24 15 12 27 8 8
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 20 5 18 23 –1 6
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 24 8 13 21 5 31
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 24 5 15 20 11 8
Eller, LarsLars Eller 24 7 11 18 6 18
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 21 5 10 15 11 31
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 24 6 3 9 4 6
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 24 1 8 9 6 8
Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly 24 7 1 8 –2 12
Vrana, JakubJakub Vrana 23 3 5 8 5 2
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 24 2 6 8 5 4
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 23 2 6 8 7 8
Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 24 2 5 7 3 8
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 13 2 4 6 2 4
Kempny, MichalMichal Kempny 24 2 3 5 1 10
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 24 1 4 5 17 15
Chiasson, AlexAlex Chiasson 16 1 1 2 0 4
Djoos, ChristianChristian Djoos 22 0 1 1 5 4
Jerabek, JakubJakub Jerabek 2 0 1 1 –1 2
Walker, NathanNathan Walker 1 0 1 1 1 0
Gersich, ShaneShane Gersich 2 0 0 0 –1 0
Boyd, TravisTravis Boyd 1 0 0 0 0 0

Goaltenders
Regular season[13]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 54 54 3,067:48 34 16 4 153 2.99 1,648 .907 0 0 0 2
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 35 28 1,864:48 15 10 3 73 2.35 953 .923 3 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 23 22 1385:45 16 7 50 2.16 639 .922 2 0 1 2
Grubauer, PhilippPhilipp Grubauer 2 2 105:23 0 1 8 4.55 49 .837 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Capitals. Statistics reflect time with the Capitals only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Statistics reflect time with the Capitals only.

TransactionsEdit

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
July 3, 2017 (2017-07-03) To New Jersey Devils
Marcus Johansson
To Washington Capitals
FLA's 2nd-round pick in 2018
TOR's 3rd-round pick in 2018
[14]
February 9, 2018 (2018-02-09) To New York Rangers
John Albert
Hubert Labrie
To Washington Capitals
Adam Chapie
Joe Whitney
[15]
February 19, 2018 (2018-02-19) To Chicago Blackhawks
Conditional 3rd-round pick in 2018
To Washington Capitals
Michal Kempny
[16]
February 21, 2018 (2018-02-21) To Montreal Canadiens
5th-round draft pick in 2019
To Washington Capitals
Jakub Jerabek
[17]

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) John Albert Kärpät 1-year, $650,000 [18]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Anthony Peluso Winnipeg Jets 1-year, $650,000 [19]
July 3, 2017 (2017-07-03) Devante Smith-Pelly New Jersey Devils 1-year, $650,000 [20]
July 11, 2017 (2017-07-11) Wayne Simpson Providence Bruins 1-year, $650,000 [21]
October 4, 2017 (2017-10-04) Alex Chiasson Calgary Flames 1-year, $660,000 [22]
May 2, 2018 (2018-05-02) Juuso Ikonen Brynäs IF 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [23]
May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09) Mathias Bau Hershey Bears 1-year, $700,000 entry-level contract [24]
May 9, 2018 (2018-05-09) Maximilian Kammerer Düsseldorfer EG 3-year, $2.775 million entry-level contract [25]

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 20, 2017 (2017-06-20) Chris Bourque Hershey Bears 1-year [26]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Karl Alzner Montreal Canadiens 5-year, $23.125 million [27]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Joe Cannata Colorado Avalanche 1-year, $650,000 [28]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Paul Carey New York Rangers 1-year, $650,000 [29]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Kevin Shattenkirk New York Rangers 4-year, $26.6 million [30]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) Justin Williams Carolina Hurricanes 2-year, $9 million [31]
July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10) Garrett Mitchell Hershey Bears 1-year [32]
July 14, 2017 (2017-07-14) Stanislav Galiev Ak Bars Kazan 2-year [33]
July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21) Tom Gilbert Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers 1-year [34]
August 15, 2017 (2017-08-15) Cody Corbett Idaho Steelheads 1-year [35]
September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) Christian Thomas Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1-year [36]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Previous team Date Ref
Nathan Walker Edmonton Oilers December 20, 2017 (2017-12-20) [37]

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New team Date Ref
Nathan Walker Edmonton Oilers December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01) [38]
Taylor Chorney Columbus Blue Jackets February 21, 2018 (2018-02-21) [39]

Players releasedEdit

Date Player Via Ref

Lost via retirementEdit

Date Player Ref

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22) Christian Djoos 2-year, $1.3 million [40]
June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) T. J. Oshie 8-year, $46 million [41]
June 26, 2017 (2017-06-26) Brett Connolly 2-year, $3 million [42]
June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28) Pheonix Copley 2-year, $1.3 million [43]
June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29) Chandler Stephenson 2-year, $1.3 million [44]
July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02) Evgeny Kuznetsov 8-year, $62.4 million [45]
July 4, 2017 (2017-07-04) Andre Burakovsky 2-year, $6 million [46]
July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05) Travis Boyd 1-year, $650,000 [47]
July 6, 2017 (2017-07-06) Philipp Grubauer 1-year, $1.5 million [48]
July 14, 2017 (2017-07-14) Liam O'Brien 1-year, $650,000 [49]
February 10, 2018 (2018-02-10) Lars Eller 5-year, $17.5 million contract extension [50]
March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22) Tobias Geisser 3-year, $2.6 million entry-level contract [51]
March 23, 2018 (2018-03-23) Shane Gersich 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [52]
April 4, 2018 (2018-04-04) Brian Pinho 2-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract [53]
May 2, 2018 (2018-05-02) Axel Jonsson Fjallby 3-year, $2.58 million entry-level contract [54]
May 4, 2018 (2018-05-04) Ilya Samsonov 3-year, $4.425 million entry-level contract [55]
May 16, 2018 (2018-05-16) Aaron Ness 1-year, $650,000 contract extension [56]
May 18, 2018 (2018-05-18) Tyler Lewington 2-year, $1.35 million contract extension [57]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Washington Capitals draft picks

Below are the Washington Capitals' selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
4 120 Tobias Geisser D Flag of Switzerland Switzerland EVZ Academy (NLB)
5 151 Sebastian Walfridsson D Flag of Sweden Sweden Modo Hockey (J20 SuperElit)
6 182 Benton Maass D Flag of the United States United States Elk River High School (USHS)
7 213 Kristian Roykas Marthinsen LW Flag of Norway Norway Almtuna IS (J20 SuperElit)

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