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2018–19 Washington Capitals · NHL
Metropolitan Division Champions
Division 1st Metropolitan
Conference 3rd Eastern
2018–19 record 48–26–8
Home record 24–11–6
Road record 24–15–2
Goals for 278
Goals against 249
General Manager Brian MacLellan
Coach Todd Reirden
Captain Alexander Ovechkin
Alternate captains Nicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
Arena Capital One Arena
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (51)
Assists John Carlson (57)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (89)
Penalties in minutes Tom Wilson (128)
Wins Braden Holtby (32)
Goals against average Braden Holtby (2.82)

The 2018–19 Washington Capitals season was the 45th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[1] It was the first season with new head coach Todd Reirden. They entered the season as the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Capitals clinched a playoff spot on March 28, 2019, after a 3–2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[2] On April 4, the team defended their division title in a 2–1 win against the Montreal Canadiens.[3]

The Capitals faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, where they lost in seven games.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason schedule was published on June 18, 2018.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[5]

2018–19 game log

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

PlayoffsEdit

The Capitals faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the First Round of the playoffs,[6] and were defeated in seven games.[7]

2019 Stanley Cup playoffs

      Win       Loss

Player statisticsEdit

As of April 24, 2019[8]

SkatersEdit

Regular season[9]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 81 51 38 89 7 40
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 80 22 52 74 2 30
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 76 21 51 72 7 50
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 80 13 57 70 21 34
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 69 25 29 54 5 36
Vrana, JakubJakub Vrana 82 24 23 47 20 27
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 81 22 24 46 13 24
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 63 22 18 40 11 128
Eller, LarsLars Eller 81 13 23 36 –1 37
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 82 3 26 29 3 33
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 76 12 13 25 2 14
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 80 8 17 25 –3 41
Kempny, MichalMichal Kempny 71 6 19 25 24 60
Dowd, NicNic Dowd 64 8 14 22 10 20
Boyd, TravisTravis Boyd 53 5 15 20 6 6
Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 64 5 6 11 –13 0
Hagelin, CarlCarl Hagelin

|| 20 || 3 || 8 || 11 || 7 || 10

Djoos, ChristianChristian Djoos 45 1 9 10 9 4
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 53 2 7 9 8 32
Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly 54 4 4 8 –6 15
Jaskin, DmitrijDmitrij Jaskin 37 2 6 8 –5 6
Bowey, MadisonMadison Bowey

|| 33 || 1 || 5 || 6 || 3 || 38

Jensen, NickNick Jensen

|| 20 || 0 || 5 || 5 || 3 || 4

Siegenthaler, JonasJonas Siegenthaler 26 0 4 4 6 10
Lewington, TylerTyler Lewington 2 1 1 2 3 7
Walker, NathanNathan Walker 3 0 1 1 1 2

Playoffs[10]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin 7 4 5 9 –2 19
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 7 5 3 8 –4 4
Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov 7 1 5 6 –1 2
Wilson, TomTom Wilson 7 3 2 5 1 2
Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson 7 0 5 5 0 6
Orlov, DmitryDmitry Orlov 7 0 4 4 –2 4
Eller, LarsLars Eller 7 1 2 3 –1 2
Connolly, BrettBrett Connolly 7 2 0 2 –2 6
Oshie, T. J.T. J. Oshie 4 1 1 2 0 4
Orpik, BrooksBrooks Orpik 7 1 1 2 –1 0
Burakovsky, AndreAndre Burakovsky 7 1 1 2 –3 0
Niskanen, MattMatt Niskanen 7 0 2 2 0 0
Dowd, NicNic Dowd 7 1 0 1 –1 6
Hagelin, CarlCarl Hagelin 7 0 1 1 –1 0
Vrana, JakubJakub Vrana 7 0 0 0 –1 6
Stephenson, ChandlerChandler Stephenson 6 0 0 0 –2 2
Smith-Pelly, DevanteDevante Smith-Pelly 3 0 0 0 0 0
Jensen, NickNick Jensen 7 0 0 0 –2 2
Siegenthaler, JonasJonas Siegenthaler 4 0 0 0 0 2
Djoos, ChristianChristian Djoos 3 0 0 0 –3 0
Boyd, TravisTravis Boyd 1 0 0 0 0 0

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[11]
Player GP GS MIN W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 59 58 3,406:34 32 19 5 160 2.82 1,795 .911 3 0 2 2
Copley, PheonixPheonix Copley 27 24 1,528:56 16 7 3 74 2.90 776 .905 1 0 1 0
Playoffs[12]
Player GP GS MIN W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby 7 7 448:58 3 4 20 2.67 233 .914 1 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.

TransactionsEdit

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018–19 season.

TradesEdit

Date Details Ref
June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22) To Colorado Avalanche
Philipp Grubauer
Brooks Orpik
To Washington Capitals
2nd-round pick in 2018
[13]
June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23) To Vancouver Canucks
6th-round pick in 2018
6th-round pick in 2019
To Washington Capitals
6th-round pick in 2018
[14]
Template:Startdate To Los Angeles Kings
3rd-round pick in 2019
Conditional 6th-round pick in 2020
To Washington Capitals
Carl Hagelin
[15]
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) To Detroit Red Wings
Madison Bowey
2nd-round pick in 2020
To Washington Capitals
Nick Jensen
BUF's 5th-round pick in 2019
[16]
Template:Startdate To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Niskanen
To Washington Capitals
Radko Gudas
[17]

Free agentsEdit

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Jay Beagle to Vancouver Canucks 4-year [18]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Nic Dowd from Vancouver Canucks 1-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Tyler Graovac to Calgary Flames 1-year [20]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Jayson Megna from Vancouver Canucks 1-year [21]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Michael Sgarbossa from Winnipeg Jets 1-year [21]
July 10, 2018 (2018-07-10) Joe Whitney to Linköpings (SHL) 2-year [22]
July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24) Brooks Orpik from Colorado Avalanche 1-year [23]
August 2, 2018 (2018-08-02) Tim McGauley to Colorado Eagles (AHL) Unknown [24]
August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13) Zach Sill to Sparta Praha (ELH) Unknown [25]
August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15) Adam Carlson to Rapid City Rush (ECHL) 1-year [26]
August 16, 2018 (2018-08-16) Wayne Simpson to Rochester Americans (AHL) 1-year [27]
August 21, 2018 (2018-08-21) Anthony Peluso to Calgary Flames 1-year [28]
September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) Sergei Shumakov from CSKA Moscow (KHL) 1-year [29]
October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02) Alex Chiasson to Edmonton Oilers 1-year [30]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) Parker Milner from Hershey Bears (AHL) 1-year [31]
March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18) Joe Snively from Yale Bulldogs (ECAC Hockey) 2-year [32]
April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) Bobby Nardella from Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big Ten) 2-year [33]

WaiversEdit

Date Player Team Ref
October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02) Dmitrij Jaskin from St. Louis Blues [34]

Contract terminationsEdit

Date Player Via Ref
December 7, 2018 (2018-12-07) Sergei Shumakov Mutual termination [35]
May 1, 2019 (2019-05-01) Maximilian Kammerer Mutual termination [36]
May 18, 2019 (2019-05-18) Juuso Ikonen Mutual termination [37]

RetirementEdit

Date Player Ref

SigningsEdit

Date Player Contract term Ref
June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24) John Carlson 8-year [38]
June 28, 2018 (2018-06-28) Devante Smith-Pelly 1-year [39]
June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29) Michal Kempny 4-year [40]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Travis Boyd 2-year [41]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Riley Barber 1-year [42]
July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) Liam O'Brien 1-year [43]
July 19, 2018 (2018-07-19) Madison Bowey 2-year [44]
July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24) Brooks Orpik 1-year [45]
July 27, 2018 (2018-07-27) Tom Wilson 6-year [46]
September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) Alexander Alexeyev 3-year [47]
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) Nick Jensen 4-year [48]
April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11) Nic Dowd 3-year [49]
May 20, 2019 (2019-05-20) Shane Gersich 1-year [50]
May 20, 2019 (2019-05-20) Brian Pinho 1-year [51]
June 10, 2019 (2019-06-10) Liam O'Brien 1-year [52]
June 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) Carl Hagelin 4-year [53]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Washington Capitals draft picks

Below are the Washington Capitals' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 31 Alexander Alexeyev D Flag of Russia Russia Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
2 461 Martin Fehervary D Flag of Slovakia Slovakia IK Oskarshamn (Allsvenskan)
2 472 Kody Clark RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
3 93 Riley Sutter C/RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5 124 Mitchell Gibson G Flag of the United States United States Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL)
6 186 Alex Kannok-Leipert D Flag of Canada.svg Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
7 217 Eric Florchuk C Flag of Canada.svg Canada Victoria Royals (WHL)

Notes:

  1. The Florida Panthers' second-round pick went the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on July 2, 2017, that sent Marcus Johansson to New Jersey in exchange for Toronto's third-round pick in 2018 and this pick.[54]
  2. The Colorado Avalanche's second-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 22, 2018, that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado in exchange for this pick.[13]

ReferencesEdit

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  37. Juuso Ikonen: Waived unconditionally (May 17, 2019). Retrieved on May 20, 2019.
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  39. Capitals Re-sign Devante Smith-Pelly. NHL.com. Retrieved on June 29, 2018.
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  41. Capitals Re-sign Travis Boyd. NHL.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2018.
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  43. Capitals Sign Liam O'Brien. NHL.com. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  44. Capitals Re-sign Madison Bowey. NHL.com. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
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  49. Capitals Re-sign Nic Dowd (April 11, 2019). Retrieved on April 12, 2019.
  50. Capitals Re-sign Shane Gersich (May 20, 2019). Retrieved on May 20, 2019.
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  53. Capitals Re-sign Carl Hagelin (June 16, 2019). Retrieved on June 18, 2019.
  54. Marcus Johansson traded to Devils from Capitals (July 2, 2017). Retrieved on June 8, 2018.


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