List of Washington Capitals seasons
The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. The team is a member of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Capitals played at the Capital Centre from their inaugural season in 1974 to 1997, when they moved to the Verizon Center. In 38 completed seasons, the Capitals have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs 24 times but have never won a Stanley Cup. As of the 2009–10 season, Washington has won over 1,200 games, the 16th highest victory total among NHL teams.
The Capitals were founded in 1974 as an expansion team in the Prince of Wales Conference. The team had an 8–67–5 record and lost 37 straight road games in their inaugural season. The Capitals made their first playoffs in the 1982–83 season and qualified for the playoffs for the following 13 seasons in a row. The Capitals won the Eastern Conference during their 1997–98 season but were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals.
The team moved to the Southeast Division in 1998 following their Stanley Cup defeat and won two consecutive division titles between 2001 and 2002, before entering a period of decline and failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for four of their next five seasons. Washington drafted Alexander Ovechkin during the 2004 NHL Draft, who has led the team to recent success. The Capitals have qualified for the past five playoffs, and won the Presidents' Trophy in the 2009–10 season.
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Year by year
|Stanley Cup champions||Conference champions *||Division champions ^||Led league in points #|
|Capitals season||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason|
|1974–75||Wales||Norris||5th||80||8||67||5||—||21||181||446||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1975–76||Wales||Norris||5th||80||11||59||10||—||32||224||394||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1976–77||Wales||Norris||4th||80||24||42||14||—||62||221||307||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1977–78||Wales||Norris||5th||80||17||49||14||—||48||195||321||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1978–79||Wales||Norris||4th||80||24||41||15||—||63||273||338||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1979–80||Wales||Patrick||5th||80||27||40||13||—||67||261||293||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1980–81||Wales||Patrick||5th||80||26||36||18||—||70||286||317||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1981–82||Wales||Patrick||5th||80||26||41||13||—||65||319||338||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1982–83||Wales||Patrick||3rd||80||39||25||16||—||94||306||283||4||1||3||11||19||Lost Division Semifinals vs. New York Islanders 1–3|
|1983–84||Wales||Patrick||2nd||80||48||27||5||—||101||308||226||8||4||4||28||25||Won Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers 3–0
Lost Division Finals vs. New York Islanders 1–4
|1984–85||Wales||Patrick||2nd||80||46||25||9||—||101||322||240||5||2||3||12||14||Lost Division Semifinals vs. New York Islanders 2–3|
|1985–86||Wales||Patrick||2nd||80||50||23||7||—||107||315||272||9||5||4||36||24||Won Division Semifinals vs. New York Islanders 3–0
Lost Division Finals vs. New York Rangers 2–4
|1986–87||Wales||Patrick||2nd||80||38||32||10||—||86||285||278||7||3||4||19||19||Lost Division Semifinals vs. New York Islanders 3–4|
|1987–88||Wales||Patrick||2nd||80||38||33||9||—||85||281||249||14||7||7||54||50||Won Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–3
Lost Division Finals vs. New Jersey Devils, 3–4
|1988–89||Wales||Patrick ^||1st||80||41||29||10||—||92||305||259||6||2||4||18||25||Lost Division Semifinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4|
|1989–90||Wales||Patrick||3rd||80||36||38||6||—||78||284||275||15||8||7||49||48||Won Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey Devils, 4–2
Won Division Finals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Lost Conference Finals vs. Boston Bruins, 0–4
|1990–91||Wales||Patrick||3rd||80||37||36||7||—||81||258||258||11||5||6||29||35||Won Division Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–2
Lost Division Finals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 1–4
|1991–92||Wales||Patrick||2nd||80||45||27||8||—||98||330||275||7||3||4||27||25||Lost Division Semifinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4|
|1992–93[a]||Wales||Patrick||2nd||84||43||34||7||—||93||325||286||6||4||2||15||23||Lost Division Semifinals vs. New York Islanders, 2–4|
|1993–94||Eastern[b]||Atlantic||3rd||84||39||35||10||—||88||277||263||11||5||6||32||32||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4–2
Lost Conference Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 1–4
|1994–95[c]||Eastern||Atlantic||2nd||48||22||18||8||—||52||136||120||7||3||4||10||17||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4|
|1995–96||Eastern||Atlantic||4th||82||39||32||11||—||89||234||204||6||2||4||17||21||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4|
|1996–97||Eastern||Atlantic||5th||82||33||40||9||—||75||214||231||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1997–98||Eastern *||Atlantic||3rd||82||40||30||12||—||92||219||202||21||12||9||53||44||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals vs. Ottawa Senators, 4–1
Won Conference Finals vs. Buffalo Sabres, 4–2
Lost Stanley Cup Finals vs. Detroit Red Wings, 0–4
|1998–99||Eastern||Southeast[g]||3rd||82||31||45||6||—||68||200||218||—||—||—||—||—||Did not qualify|
|1999–00||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||82||44||24||12||2[d]||102||227||194||5||1||4||6||15||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 1–4|
|2000–01||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||82||41||27||10||4||96||233||211||6||2||4||10||14||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4|
|2001–02||Eastern||Southeast||2nd||82||36||33||11||2||85||228||240||–||–||–||–||–||Did not qualify|
|2002–03||Eastern||Southeast||2nd||82||39||29||8||6||92||224||220||6||2||4||15||14||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 2–4|
|2003–04||Eastern||Southeast||5th||82||23||46||10||3||59||186||253||–||–||–||–||–||Did not qualify|
|2004–05[e]||Eastern||Southeast||Season not played due to lockout|
|2005–06||Eastern||Southeast||5th||82||29||41||—[f]||12||70||237||306||–||–||–||–||–||Did not qualify|
|2006–07||Eastern||Southeast||5th||82||28||40||—||14||70||235||286||–||–||–||–||–||Did not qualify|
|2007–08||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||82||43||31||—||8||94||242||231||7||3||4||20||23||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 3–4|
|2008–09||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||82||50||24||—||8||108||272||245||14||7||7||41||38||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–3
Lost Conference Semifinals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4
|2009–10||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||82||54||15||—||13||121 #||318||233||7||3||4||22||20||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. Montreal Canadiens, 3–4|
|2010–11||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||82||48||23||—||11||107||224||197||9||4||5||23||24||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. New York Rangers, 4–1
Lost Conference Semifinals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 0–4
|2011–12||Eastern||Southeast||2nd||82||42||32||—||8||92||222||230||14||7||7||28||30||Won Conference Quarterfinals vs. Boston Bruins, 4-3
Lost Conference Semifinals vs. New York Rangers, 3–4
|2012–13||Eastern||Southeast ^||1st||48||27||18||—||3||57||149||130||7||3||4||13||15||Lost Conference Quarterfinals vs. New York Rangers, 3–4|
|2013–14||Eastern||Metropolitan||5th||82||38||30||—||14||90||235||240||Did not qualify|
- a In 1992, the NHL expanded the season to 84 games, and each team played two games at a neutral site. After the 1995 lockout, the neutral site games were eliminated, and the season was reduced to 82 games.
- b The NHL realigned into Eastern and Western conferences prior to the 1993–94 season. Washington was placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
- c The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.
- d Beginning with the 1999–00 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.
- e The season was canceled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.
- f Before the 2005–06 season, the NHL instituted a penalty shootout for regular season games that remained tied after a five-minute overtime period, which prevented ties.
- g The NHL added 4 expansion teams prior to the 1998–99 season and split the Eastern Conference into three divisions: Northeast, Atlantic, and Southeast. Washington was moved into the new Southeast division.
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