1996–97 Washington Capitals season

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1996–97 Washington Capitals
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 9th Eastern
1996–97 record 33–40–9
Goals for 214
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager David Poile
Coach Jim Schoenfeld
Captain Dale Hunter

The 1996–97 Washington Capitals season was the team's 23rd season of play. The Capitals finished fifth in the division, and ninth in the conference, and failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 New Jersey Devils 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
2 3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
3 4 Florida Panthers 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
4 5 New York Rangers 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
5 9 Washington Capitals 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
6 11 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
7 12 New York Islanders 82 29 41 12 240 250 70
Eastern Conference[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
2 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
5 New York Rangers ATL 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
6 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
9 Washington Capitals ATL 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
11 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 29 41 12 240 250 70
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 26 47 9 234 300 61

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 5, 1996 2–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 0–1–0
2 L October 8, 1996 3–5 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 0–2–0
3 W October 11, 1996 6–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 1–2–0
4 L October 12, 1996 3–4 Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 1–3–0
5 L October 18, 1996 1–4 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 1–4–0
6 L October 19, 1996 1–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 1–5–0
7 W October 23, 1996 3–2 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 2–5–0
8 W October 26, 1996 6–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 3–5–0
9 L October 28, 1996 0–1 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 3–6–0
10 W October 30, 1996 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 4–6–0
11 W November 1, 1996 4–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 5–6–0
12 L November 2, 1996 1–6 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 5–7–0
13 W November 6, 1996 2–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 6–7–0
14 L November 7, 1996 2–4 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 6–8–0
15 W November 9, 1996 3–2 New York Rangers (1996–97) 7–8–0
16 L November 12, 1996 2–3 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 7–9–0
17 W November 14, 1996 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 8–9–0
18 W November 15, 1996 3–1 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 9–9–0
19 W November 18, 1996 4–2 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 10–9–0
20 T November 19, 1996 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1996–97) 10–9–1
21 W November 22, 1996 5–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 11–9–1
22 W November 23, 1996 4–3 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 12–9–1
23 L November 27, 1996 1–2 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 12–10–1
24 L November 29, 1996 0–2 New York Islanders (1996–97) 12–11–1
25 W November 30, 1996 2–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 13–11–1
26 L December 4, 1996 0–2 Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 13–12–1
27 L December 6, 1996 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 13–13–1
28 L December 7, 1996 0–2 @ New York Islanders (1996–97) 13–14–1
29 L December 11, 1996 2–3 @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 13–15–1
30 L December 13, 1996 4–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 13–16–1
31 T December 14, 1996 4–4 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 13–16–2
32 L December 17, 1996 3–4 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 13–17–2
33 W December 20, 1996 3–2 San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 14–17–2
34 L December 21, 1996 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 14–18–2
35 W December 23, 1996 3–1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 15–18–2
36 L December 26, 1996 4–5 OT @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 15–19–2
37 T December 28, 1996 1–1 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 15–19–3
38 L December 30, 1996 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 15–20–3
39 W January 1, 1997 3–2 OT Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 16–20–3
40 W January 3, 1997 3–0 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 17–20–3
41 T January 4, 1997 1–1 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 17–20–4
42 W January 9, 1997 2–0 New York Rangers (1996–97) 18–20–4
43 T January 11, 1997 3–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 18–20–5
44 W January 13, 1997 6–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 19–20–5
45 L January 15, 1997 1–5 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 19–21–5
46 W January 20, 1997 3–2 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 20–21–5
47 L January 22, 1997 3–5 New York Rangers (1996–97) 20–22–5
48 L January 24, 1997 2–5 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 20–23–5
49 L January 26, 1997 1–3 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 20–24–5
50 L January 29, 1997 1–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 20–25–5
51 W February 1, 1997 3–1 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 21–25–5
52 T February 2, 1997 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 21–25–6
53 L February 7, 1997 2–5 @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 21–26–6
54 L February 9, 1997 1–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 21–27–6
55 W February 11, 1997 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 22–27–6
56 W February 14, 1997 5–4 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 23–27–6
57 L February 15, 1997 1–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 23–28–6
58 L February 18, 1997 1–6 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 23–29–6
59 L February 22, 1997 0–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 23–30–6
60 T February 24, 1997 3–3 OT Boston Bruins (1996–97) 23–30–7
61 W February 26, 1997 3–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 24–30–7
62 L February 28, 1997 1–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 24–31–7
63 L March 2, 1997 0–2 New York Islanders (1996–97) 24–32–7
64 W March 4, 1997 2–1 Calgary Flames (1996–97) 25–32–7
65 W March 6, 1997 6–3 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 26–32–7
66 L March 9, 1997 0–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 26–33–7
67 W March 11, 1997 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 27–33–7
68 L March 12, 1997 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 27–34–7
69 L March 15, 1997 2–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 27–35–7
70 W March 16, 1997 5–3 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 28–35–7
71 T March 19, 1997 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 28–35–8
72 L March 21, 1997 1–4 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 28–36–8
73 W March 22, 1997 3–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 29–36–8
74 W March 25, 1997 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 30–36–8
75 L March 26, 1997 3–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 30–37–8
76 L March 29, 1997 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 30–38–8
77 L April 1, 1997 0–1 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 30–39–8
78 L April 3, 1997 0–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 30–40–8
79 T April 6, 1997 3–3 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 30–40–9
80 W April 10, 1997 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 31–40–9
81 W April 12, 1997 6–2 New York Islanders (1996–97) 32–40–9
82 W April 13, 1997 8–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 33–40–9

Playoffs[edit]

The Capitals missed the playoffs for the first time in 15 years due to injuries.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Bondra, PeterPeter Bondra RW 77 46 31 77 72 7 10 4 3
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 82 14 32 46 125 -2 3 0 5
Konowalchuk, SteveSteve Konowalchuk LW 78 17 25 42 67 -3 2 1 3
Juneau, JoeJoe Juneau C 58 15 27 42 8 -11 9 1 3
Housley, PhilPhil Housley D 77 11 29 40 24 -10 3 1 2
Gonchar, SergeiSergei Gonchar D 57 13 17 30 36 -11 3 0 3
Miller, KellyKelly Miller LW 77 10 14 24 33 4 0 1 3
Cote, SylvainSylvain Cote D 57 6 18 24 28 11 2 0 0
Pivonka, MichalMichal Pivonka C 54 7 16 23 22 -15 2 0 1
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 42 9 13 22 165 -1 3 0 1
Allison, JasonJason Allison C 53 5 17 22 25 -3 1 0 1
Nikolishin, AndreiAndrei Nikolishin C 59 7 14 21 30 5 1 0 0
Johansson, CalleCalle Johansson D 65 6 11 17 16 -2 2 0 0
Krygier, ToddTodd Krygier LW 47 5 11 16 37 -10 1 0 1
Oates, AdamAdam Oates C 17 4 8 12 4 -2 1 0 1
Brunette, AndrewAndrew Brunette LW 23 4 7 11 12 -3 2 0 0
Klee, KenKen Klee D 80 3 8 11 115 -5 0 0 2
Svejkovsky, JaroslavJaroslav Svejkovsky RW 19 7 3 10 4 -1 2 0 1
Tocchet, RickRick Tocchet RW 13 5 5 10 31 0 1 0 1
Reekie, JoeJoe Reekie D 65 1 8 9 107 8 0 0 0
Tinordi, MarkMark Tinordi D 56 2 6 8 118 3 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 70 1 7 8 42 -4 0 0 0
Berube, CraigCraig Berube LW 80 4 3 7 218 -11 0 0 1
Carter, AnsonAnson Carter RW 19 3 2 5 7 0 1 0 1
Witt, BrendanBrendan Witt D 44 3 2 5 88 -20 0 0 0
Jones, KeithKeith Jones RW 11 2 3 5 13 -2 1 0 0
Zednik, RichardRichard Zednik RW 11 2 1 3 4 -5 1 0 0
Kaminski, KevinKevin Kaminski C 38 1 2 3 130 0 0 0 0
Charron, EricEric Charron D 25 1 1 2 20 1 0 0 0
Ranford, BillBill Ranford G 18 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0
Boileau, PatrickPatrick Boileau D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carey, JimJim Carey G 40 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig G 29 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Malgunas, StewartStewart Malgunas D 6 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Peake, PatPat Peake C 4 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0
Ustorf, StefanStefan Ustorf C 6 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Carey, JimJim Carey 2293 40 17 18 3 105 2.75 1 984 879 .893
Kolzig, OlafOlaf Kolzig 1645 29 8 15 4 71 2.59 2 758 687 .906
Ranford, BillBill Ranford 1009 18 8 7 2 46 2.74 0 412 366 .888
Team: 4947 82 33 40 9 222 2.69 3 2154 1932 .897

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals
      MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

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