2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks season

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2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup champions
Western Conference champions
Division 3rd Central
Conference 4th Western
2014–15 record 48–28–6
Home record 24–12–5
Road record 24–16–1
Goals for 229
Goals against 189
Team information
General Manager Stan Bowman
Coach Joel Quenneville
Captain Jonathan Toews
Alternate captains Duncan Keith
Patrick Sharp
Arena United Center
Average attendance 21,769 (110.4%)
Total: 892,532[1]
Minor league affiliate(s) Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Indy Fuel (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Jonathan Toews (28)
Assists Jonathan Toews (38)
Points Jonathan Toews (66)
Penalties in minutes Andrew Shaw (68)
Plus/minus Jonathan Toews (+30)
Wins Corey Crawford (32)
Goals against average Antti Raanta (1.89)

The 2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 89th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on September 25, 1926.[2] The Blackhawks finished the season with a 48–28–6 record, finishing in third place in the Central Division. They defeated the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 games to 2. In the next round, they swept the Minnesota Wild 4 games to 0. In the Western Conference Finals, the Hawks outlasted the Anaheim Ducks, winning the series 4 games to 3. In the Stanley Cup Final, they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning. On June 15, 2015, the team won the Stanley Cup, beating the Lightning 4 games to 2, and winning the Cup at home for the first time since 1938. This was the Blackhawks' third Cup championship in six seasons. Duncan Keith received the Conn Smythe trophy as MVP of the playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

On July 14, 2014, the Blackhawks announced that Kevin Dineen, a former teammate of head coach Joel Quenneville, had been hired as an assistant coach.[3]

Pre-season[edit]

The Chicago Blackhawks pre-season schedule included a September 28, 2014, exhibition game held at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, against the Edmonton Oilers.[4]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – St. Louis Blues 82 51 24 7 42 248 201 +47 109
2 x – Nashville Predators 82 47 25 10 41 232 208 +24 104
3 x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 48 28 6 39 229 189 +40 102
4 x – Minnesota Wild 82 46 28 8 42 231 201 +30 100
5 x – Winnipeg Jets 82 43 26 13 36 230 210 +20 99
6 Dallas Stars 82 41 31 10 37 261 260 +1 92
7 Colorado Avalanche 82 39 31 12 29 219 227 −8 90
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – St. Louis Blues 82 51 24 7 42 248 201 +47 109
2 x – Nashville Predators 82 47 25 10 41 232 208 +24 104
3 x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 48 28 6 39 229 189 +40 102
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Anaheim Ducks 82 51 24 7 43 236 226 +10 109
2 x – Vancouver Canucks 82 48 29 5 42 242 222 +20 101
3 x – Calgary Flames 82 45 30 7 41 241 216 +25 97
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 CE x – Minnesota Wild 82 46 28 8 42 231 201 +30 100
2 CE x – Winnipeg Jets 82 43 26 13 36 230 210 +20 99
3 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 38 220 205 +15 95
4 CE Dallas Stars 82 41 31 10 37 261 260 +1 92
5 CE Colorado Avalanche 82 39 31 12 29 219 227 −8 90
6 PA San Jose Sharks 82 40 33 9 36 228 232 −4 89
7 PA Edmonton Oilers 82 24 44 14 19 198 283 −85 62
8 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 24 50 8 19 170 272 −102 56
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Playoffs[edit]

The Chicago Blackhawks entered the playoffs as the Central Division's third seed. The Blackhawks lost the last three games of the regular season, thus they did not win the Central Division title. After defeating the Nashville Predators 4–2 in the first round, they went on to sweep the Minnesota Wild in the second round, and defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3 in the Western Conference Final. It was only the third time in Blackhawks history that they had won a playoff series after trailing 3 games to 2. On May 19, 2015, the Blackhawks played the longest game in their history (116:12) against the Anaheim Ducks as part of the Western Conference Finals.[5] The Blackhawks defeated Anaheim in game 7 and moved on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. On June 15, 2015, Chicago won the Stanley Cup in game six with a score of 2–0.[6][7] This marked the Blackhawks third Stanley Cup victory in six seasons. This was the first Blackhawks Stanley Cup clinched on home ice in 77 years, having won the decisive games in 2010 and 2013 titles on the road, and the first time a Stanley Cup title has been won in Chicago since 1992 when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. It was also the first time any Chicago sports team won a Championship at home since the Chicago Bulls in 1997[8][9]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Game log

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

Detailed records

Playoffs[edit]

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player stats[edit]

Final stats

Skaters[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals 

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Corey Crawford 57 57 3,332:32 32 20 5 126 2.27 1,661 .924 2 0 1 8
Scott Darling 14 13 832:31 9 4 0 27 1.94 419 .936 1 0 0 0
Antti Raanta 14 12 792:11 7 4 1 25 1.89 389 .936 2 0 0 0
Totals 82 4,957:14 48 28 6 174 2.11 2,469 .930 5 0 1 8
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Corey Crawford 20 19 1,223:48 13 6 47 2.31 616 .924 2 0 0 0
Scott Darling 5 4 297:46 3 1 11 2.21 171 .936 0 0 0 0
Totals 23 1,521 16 7 58 2.28 787 .926 2 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Blackhawks. Stats reflect time with the Blackhawks only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Blackhawks only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Roster[edit]

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Blackhawks have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season.

Draft picks[edit]

Below are the Chicago Blackhawks' selections made at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 27–28, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[45]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 20[a] Nick Schmaltz C  United States Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
3 83[b] Matheson Iacopelli RW  United States Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
3 88 Beau Starrett C/LW  United States South Shore Kings (USPHL PRE.)
4 98[c] Frederik Olofsson LW  Sweden Chicago Steel (USHL)
5 141[d] Luc Snuggerud D  United States Eden Prairie High School (USHS–MN)
5 148 Andreas Soderberg D  Sweden Skelleftea Jr. (SWEDEN-JR.)
6 178 Dylan Sora C  Canada Aurora Tigers (OJHL)
6 179[e] Ivan Nalimov G  Russia SKA Saint Petersburg-2 (Russia-Jr.)
7 208 Jack Ramsey RW  United States Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Draft notes
  • a The San Jose Sharks' first-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks as the result of a trade on June 27, 2014, that sent a first-round pick in 2014 (27th overall) and Florida's third-round pick in 2014 (62nd overall) to San Jose in exchange for the Rangers sixth-round pick in 2014 (179th overall) and this pick.[14]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks' first-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a trade on June 27, 2014, that sent a first-round pick in 2014 (20th overall) and the Rangers sixth-round pick in 2014 (179th overall) to Chicago in exchange for Florida's third-round pick in 2014 (62nd overall) and this pick.[14]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks' second-round pick went to the Arizona Coyotes as the result of a trade on March 4, 2014, that sent David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois to Chicago in exchange for this pick.[46]
  • b The Pittsburgh Penguins' third-round pick (previously acquired by the Calgary Flames) went to the Chicago Blackhawks as a result of a trade on June 28, 2014, that sent Brandon Bollig to the Flames in exchange for this pick.[15]
  • c The Toronto Maple Leafs' fourth-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks as the result of a trade June 30, 2013, that sent Dave Bolland to Toronto in exchange for a second-round pick in 2013, Anaheim's fourth-round pick in 2013 and this pick.[47]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks fourth-round pick went to the New York Islanders as a result of a trade on February 6, 2014, that sent Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to Chicago in exchange for this pick.[48]
  • d The San Jose Sharks' fifth-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks as the result of a trade on June 30, 2013, that sent Anaheim's fourth-round pick in 2013 and a fifth-round pick in 2013 to San Jose in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2013 and this pick.[49]
  • e The New York Rangers' sixth-round pick went to the Chicago Blackhawks as the result of a trade on June 27, 2014, that sent a first-round pick and Florida's third-round pick both in 2014 (27th and 62nd overall) to San Jose in exchange for a first-round pick in 2014 (20th overall) and this pick.[14]

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