2014–15 Ottawa Senators season

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2014–15 Ottawa Senators
2014–15 record 28–23–11
Home record 14–10–5
Road record 14–13–6
Goals for 176
Goals against 167
Team information
General Manager Bryan Murray
Coach Dave Cameron
Captain Erik Karlsson
Alternate captains Chris Neil
Chris Phillips
Arena Canadian Tire Centre
Average attendance 18,088 (94.4%)
Team leaders
Goals Mike Hoffman (23)
Assists Erik Karlsson (34)
Points Erik Karlsson (49)
Penalties in minutes Mark Borowiecki (83)
Plus/minus Mike Hoffman (+24)
Wins Craig Anderson (13)
Goals against average Andrew Hammond (1.35)
<2013–14

The 2014–15 Ottawa Senators season is the 23rd season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on December 16, 1991.[1] The Senators will attempt to return to the playoffs after not qualifying in the 2013–14 season. With the team at .500 in early December, General Manager Bryan Murray fired Head Coach Paul MacLean, replacing him with Assistant Coach Dave Cameron.

Off-season[edit]

On May 11, 2014, it was reported that the Senators were looking to trade captain Jason Spezza, who has one year remaining on his current contract, prior to the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.[2] Spezza was traded on July 1 to the Dallas Stars, along with Ludwig Karlsson for Alex Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nick Paul and a 2015 draft second-round pick. Milan Michalek re-signed with the Senators on the same day, for a three-year extension. On July 4, free agent David Legwand signed with the Senators on a two-year deal. On July 7, the team issued a statement that general manager Bryan Murray had been diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer and will undergo treatment immediately. Assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage hockey operations when Murray is undergoing treatment.[3]

On August 18, 2014, TSN and the Ottawa Senators announced that the team's regional games will be broadcast on a new channel launching on August 25, 2014. The new channel is called TSN5. The channel will broadcast 53 games in the regular season plus preseason games.[4]

On August 19, 2014, the Ottawa Senators announced that the team had surpassed over $100 million in community contributions in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The total includes over $59 million in community projects, over $25 million in contributions to charities and minor hockey programs, and more than $21 million in community programs and in-kind donations.[5]

On September 9, 2014, the Ottawa Senators announced a couple of affiliation agreements. The club announced they've extended their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliation with the Binghamton Senators through the 2018–19 season.[6] The Senators also announced a new ECHL affiliation with the Evansville IceMen through the 2015-16 season.[7]

After some speculation about right winger Bobby Ryan's status entering the final year of his contract, on October 2, 2014, the team re-signed Ryan to a seven-year $50.25 million contract extension. At the same press conference announcing Ryan's signing, it was announced that Erik Karlsson was named team captain, the ninth in the current Senators history.

Regular season[edit]

On June 22, 2014, the Ottawa Senators announced their regular season schedule. The team will begin their season October 9 with a three-game road trip beginning in Nashville when they take on the Predators. Their home opener will take place one week later on October 16 when they host the Colorado Avalanche at the Canadian Tire Centre. They will finish the home portion of their schedule on April 7, 2015 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their final regular season game will take place in Philadelphia when they take on the Flyers on April 11.[8]

Former long-time Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson signed a one-game contract with Ottawa so he could announce his retirement as a member of the Senators. He was honoured prior to the match on December 4, 2014, where he participated in the pre-game warmup wearing an Ottawa jersey with the captain's insignia, which current captain Erik Karlsson relinquished for the occasion.[9]

Head coach Paul MacLean was fired 27 games into the season.[10] It was 109 games after MacLean won the Jack Adams trophy as NHL Coach of the Year. General Manager Bryan Murray elevated assistant coach Dave Cameron to head coach. According to Murray, there was discord among the players. The team was at .500, and Murray expressed the hope that the team had enough games to make run to the playoffs.

In February, both of the Senators' goalies were injured. Craig Anderson injured his hand in practice and Robin Lehner was concussed in a collision with Clarke MacArthur who also received a concussion. Binghamton starting goalie Andrew Hammond was elevated to Ottawa. He won his first five starts (his first starts ever in the NHL) and was named NHL First Star for the week of February 23 – March 1. The Senators won three straight games in California, the first time the franchise had done so. The corresponding win streak elevated the Senators into playoff contention for the final wild-card spot.

Playoffs[edit]

The Senators will attempt to qualify for the playoffs after missing them in 2014. Should the Senators be successful in qualifying, it will mark the 15th time in the modern franchise's 23-year history they've gone to the post-season. If the team fails, they will miss the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 seasons.

Prior to the season, several sports outlets predicted the club will miss the playoffs. According to The Hockey News yearbook, the club’s Stanley Cup odds are 95-1, and the club will finish in seventh place in the Atlantic Division. The official NHL 2015 Yearbook predicts the Senators will finish in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Gambling site Bodog set the expected over/under for points at 78.5. That is 14.5 less points than the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference last season.[11]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division[12]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 64 41 18 5 35 172 142 87
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 65 39 20 6 37 213 171 84
3 Detroit Red Wings 62 36 15 11 33 182 160 83
4 Boston Bruins 62 31 22 9 29 165 161 71
5 Florida Panthers 64 28 23 13 22 156 181 69
6 Ottawa Senators 62 28 23 11 25 176 167 67
7 Toronto Maple Leafs 64 26 33 5 23 173 195 57
8 Buffalo Sabres 64 19 40 5 12 123 215 43

After games of March 4, 2015.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)[13]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Montreal Canadiens 64 41 18 5 35 172 142 87
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 65 39 20 6 37 213 171 84
3 Detroit Red Wings 62 36 15 11 33 182 160 83
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)[13]
R GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 New York Rangers 63 39 17 7 36 197 155 85
2 New York Islanders 65 41 21 3 34 207 182 85
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 63 36 18 9 33 182 158 81
Eastern Conference Wild Card[13]
R (Top 2 qualify for playoffs) Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 Washington Capitals ME 65 35 20 10 32 193 162 80
2 Boston Bruins AT 62 31 22 9 29 165 161 71
3 Florida Panthers AT 64 28 23 13 22 156 181 69
4 Ottawa Senators AT 62 28 23 11 25 176 167 67
5 Philadelphia Flyers ME 64 27 25 12 24 170 186 66
6 New Jersey Devils ME 64 27 27 10 23 144 165 64
7 Toronto Maple Leafs AT 64 26 33 5 23 173 195 57
8 Columbus Blue Jackets ME 63 26 33 4 22 163 201 56
9 Carolina Hurricanes ME 62 24 31 7 20 144 167 55
10 Buffalo Sabres AT 64 19 40 5 12 123 215 43

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan
After games of March 4, 2015.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log
February: 7–4–1 (Home: 3–3–1 ; Road: 4–1–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
49 February 3 Ottawa 1–2 New Jersey Lehner 11,461 20–20–9 49 Recap
50 February 5 Washington 2–1 Ottawa Lehner 16,543 20–21–9 49 Recap
51 February 7 Columbus 4–1 Ottawa Lehner 16,891 20–22–9 49 Recap
52 February 10 Ottawa 2–1 Buffalo Lehner 19,070 21–22–9 51 Recap
53 February 12 Pittsburgh 5–4 Ottawa SO Lehner 18,826 21–22–10 52 Recap
54 February 14 Edmonton 2–7 Ottawa Lehner 17,160 22–22–10 54 Recap
55 February 16 Carolina 6–3 Ottawa Lehner 16,562 22–23–10 54 Recap
56 February 18 Montreal 2–4 Ottawa Hammond 18,949 23–23–10 56 Recap
February 20 Ottawa Buffalo Rescheduled to December 15 due to effects on Buffalo's schedule from hazardous weather.
57 February 21 Florida 1–4 Ottawa Hammond 16,938 24–23–10 58 Recap
58 February 25 Ottawa 3–0 Anaheim Hammond 16,673 25–23–10 60 Recap
59 February 26 Ottawa 1–0 Los Angeles Hammond 18,230 26–23–10 62 Recap
60 February 28 Ottawa 4–2 San Jose Hammond 17,562 27–23–10 64 Recap
March: 1–0–1 (Home: 0–0–0 ; Road: 1–0–1)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts Recap
61 March 3 Ottawa 2–3 Minnesota SO Hammond 19,054 27–23–11 65 Recap
62 March 4 Ottawa 3–1 Winnipeg Hammond 15,016 28–23–11 67 Recap
63 March 6 Buffalo Ottawa
64 March 8 Calgary Ottawa
65 March 10 Boston Ottawa
66 March 12 Ottawa Montreal
67 March 13 Ottawa NY Islanders
68 March 15 Philadelphia Ottawa
69 March 17 Ottawa Carolina
70 March 19 Boston Ottawa
71 March 21 Toronto Ottawa
72 March 23 San Jose Ottawa
73 March 26 NY Rangers Ottawa
74 March 28 Ottawa Toronto
75 March 29 Florida Ottawa
76 March 31 Ottawa Detroit

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

Player statistics[edit]

As of March 1, 2015[14]

Scoring
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Anderson , CraigCraig Anderson 31 31 1847 13 11 7 73 2.37 999 .927 3 0 0 4
Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner 25 24 1471 9 12 3 74 3.02 779 .905 0 0 1 0
Hammond, AndrewAndrew Hammond 6 5 320 5 0 0 7 1.31 161 .957 2 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Senators. Stats reflect time with the Senators only.
No longer with team.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Roster[edit]

Updated March 3, 2015.[15][16]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41 United States Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson G L 33 2011 Park Ridge, Illinois
74 Canada Borowiecki, MarkMark Borowiecki D L 25 2008 Kanata, Ontario
5 Canada Ceci, CodyCody Ceci D R 21 2012 Ottawa, Ontario
90 Canada Chiasson, AlexAlex Chiasson RW R 24 2014 Montreal, Quebec
22 United States Condra, ErikErik Condra RW R 28 2006 Trenton, Michigan
2 Canada Cowen, JaredJared Cowen D L 24 2009 Allan, Saskatchewan
14 Canada Greening, ColinColin Greening LW L 28 2005 St. John's, Newfoundland
62 Canada Gryba, EricEric Gryba D R 26 2006 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
30 Canada Hammond, AndrewAndrew Hammond G L 27 2013 White Rock, British Columbia
68 Canada Hoffman, MikeMike Hoffman LW L 25 2009 Kitchener, Ontario
65 Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson (C) D R 24 2008 Landsbro, Sweden
27 Canada Lazar, CurtisCurtis Lazar C R 20 2013 Salmon Arm, British Columbia
17 United States Legwand, DavidDavid Legwand C L 34 2014 Detroit, Michigan
40 Sweden Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner Injured Reserve G L 23 2009 Gothenburg, Sweden
16 Canada MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur Injured Reserve LW L 29 2013 Lloydminster, Alberta
3 Canada Methot, MarcMarc Methot D L 29 2012 Ottawa, Ontario
9 Czech Republic Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek LW L 30 2009 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
25 Canada Neil, ChrisChris Neil (AInjured Reserve RW R 35 1998 Flesherton, Ontario
44 Canada Pageau, Jean-GabrielJean-Gabriel Pageau C R 22 2011 Ottawa, Ontario
4 Canada Phillips, ChrisChris Phillips (AInjured Reserve D L 36 1996 Calgary, Alberta
26 Canada Puempel, MatthewMatthew Puempel LW L 22 2011 Windsor, Ontario
6 United States Ryan, BobbyBobby Ryan RW R 27 2013 Cherry Hill, New Jersey
15 Canada Smith, ZackZack Smith Injured Reserve C R 26 2008 Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
61 Canada Stone, MarkMark Stone RW R 22 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba
7 Canada Turris, KyleKyle Turris C R 25 2011 New Westminster, British Columbia
46 Canada Wiercioch, PatrickPatrick Wiercioch D L 24 2008 Maple Ridge, British Columbia
93 Sweden Zibanejad, MikaMika Zibanejad C R 21 2011 Huddinge, Sweden

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Craig Anderson NHL Second Star of the Week[17] November 10, 2014
Ryan, BobbyBobby Ryan NHL All-Star game selection[18] January 10, 2015
Mike Hoffman NHL All-Star game rookie selection[18] January 10, 2015
Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson NHL Second Star of the Week[19] January 26, 2015
Andrew Hammond NHL First Star of the Week[20] March 2, 2015

Milestones[edit]

Player Milestone Achievement Date
Curtis Lazar 1st NHL game October 9, 2014
Alex Chiasson 1st game as a Senator October 9, 2014
David Legwand 1st game as a Senator October 9, 2014
Alex Chiasson 1st goal as a Senator
1st point as a Senator
October 9, 2014
Mark Borowiecki 1st NHL assist October 9, 2014
Cody Ceci 50th NHL game October 9, 2014
Bobby Ryan 450th NHL game October 11, 2014
Alex Chiasson 1st assist as a Senator October 11, 2014
Curtis Lazar 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
October 16, 2014
David Legwand 1st goal as a Senator
1st point as a Senator
October 16, 2014
Eric Gryba 100th NHL PIM October 16, 2014
Mike Hoffman 1st NHL game-winning goal October 18, 2014
Bobby Ryan 300th NHL PIM October 18, 2014
Zack Smith 400th NHL PIM October 18, 2014
Curtis Lazar 1st NHL PIM October 25, 2014
Chris Phillips 1,150th NHL game October 26, 2014
Chris Phillips 750th NHL PIM October 26, 2014
Eric Gryba 100th NHL game November 1, 2014
Patrick Wiercioch 1st NHL game-winning goal November 4, 2014
Kyle Turris 100th NHL assist November 11, 2014
Alex Chiasson 50th NHL point November 11, 2014
Mark Borowiecki 100th NHL PIM November 14, 2014
Mike Hoffman 1st NHL overtime-winning goal November 14, 2014
Milan Michalek 400th NHL point November 15, 2014
Alex Chiasson 100th NHL game November 15, 2014
Zack Smith 300th NHL game November 20, 2014
Clarke MacArthur 500th NHL game November 20, 2014
Erik Karlsson 250th NHL point November 20, 2014
Milan Michalek 650th NHL game November 22, 2014
Bobby Ryan 350th NHL point November 24, 2014
David Legwand 1000th NHL game November 29, 2014
Mike Hoffman 50th NHL game December 2, 2014
Kyle Turris 150th NHL PIM December 4, 2014
Mika Zibanejad 1st career multi-goal game
1st career 4-point game
December 7, 2014
Curtis Lazar 1st NHL goal December 15, 2014
Eric Gryba 150th NHL PIM December 17, 2014
Milan Michalek 50th NHL Powerplay Goal December 19, 2014
Mika Zibanejad 150th NHL Game December 19, 2014
Erik Condra 250th NHL Game December 20, 2014
Kyle Turris 350th NHL Game December 22, 2014
Mark Borowiecki 50th NHL Game December 27, 2014
Erik Karlsson 350th NHL Game December 27, 2014
Bobby Ryan 1st Hat-Trick as a Senator December 29, 2014
Marc Methot 400th NHL Game January 8, 2015
Craig Anderson 400th NHL Game January 17, 2015
Marc Methot 1st Career 3-Point Game
1st Career 3-Assist Game
January 31, 2015
Jared Cowen 200th NHL Game February 3, 2015
Erik Karlsson 200th NHL Assist February 14, 2015
Shane Prince 1st NHL Game
1st NHL Assist
1st NHL Point
February 16, 2015
Andrew Hammond 1st NHL Start
1st NHL Win
February 18, 2015
Bobby Ryan 500th NHL Game February 18, 2015
Matthew Puempel 1st NHL game February 21, 2015
Andrew Hammond 1st NHL shutout February 25, 2015
Coach Milestone Achievement Date
Dave Cameron 1st game as an NHL head coach December 11, 2014
Dave Cameron 1st win as an NHL head coach December 13, 2014
Team Milestone Achievement Date
Ottawa Senators 700th regulation loss October 9, 2014
Ottawa Senators 750th franchise win November 20, 2014
Ottawa Senators 5000th Goal Against January 17, 2015

Records[edit]

Player Record Achievement Date
Chris Phillips 1,179th Game Played in a Senators Uniform February 5, 2015

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