2015–16 Washington Capitals season

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2015–2016 Washington Capitals
Metropolitan Division champions
Division1st Metropolitan
Conference1st Eastern
2015–2016 record56–18–8
Home record29–8–4
Road record27–10–4
Goals for252
Goals against193
Team information
General ManagerBrian MacLellan
CoachBarry Trotz
CaptainAlexander Ovechkin
Alternate captainsNicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
ArenaVerizon Center
Average attendance18,509[1]
(27 games)
Minor league affiliate(s)Hershey Bears (AHL)
South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsAlexander Ovechkin (50)
AssistsEvgeny Kuznetsov (57)
PointsEvgeny Kuznetsov (77)
Penalties in minutesTom Wilson (163)
Plus/minusEvgeny Kuznetsov (+27)
WinsBraden Holtby (48)
Goals against averageBraden Holtby (2.20)

The 2015–16 Washington Capitals season was the 42nd season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[2] The season began its regular games on October 10, 2015 against the New Jersey Devils.[3]

Off-season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 56 18 8 52 252 193 +59 120
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 48 26 8 44 245 203 +42 104
3 x – New York Rangers 82 46 27 9 43 236 217 +19 101
4 x – New York Islanders 82 45 27 10 40 232 216 +16 100
5 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 27 14 38 214 218 −4 96
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 31 16 33 198 226 −28 86
7 New Jersey Devils 82 38 36 8 36 184 208 −24 84
8 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 40 8 28 219 252 −33 76
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 56 18 8 52 252 193 +59 120
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 48 26 8 44 245 203 +42 104
3 x – New York Rangers 82 46 27 9 43 236 217 +19 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Florida Panthers 82 47 26 9 40 239 203 +36 103
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 46 31 5 43 227 201 +26 97
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 41 30 11 39 211 224 −13 93
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – New York Islanders 82 45 27 10 40 232 216 +16 100
2 ME x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 27 14 38 214 218 −4 96
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 42 31 9 38 240 230 +10 93
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 31 16 33 198 226 −28 86
5 AT Ottawa Senators 82 38 35 9 32 236 247 −11 85
6 ME New Jersey Devils 82 38 36 8 36 184 208 −24 84
7 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 38 38 6 33 221 236 −15 82
8 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 35 36 11 33 201 222 −21 81
9 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 40 8 28 219 252 −33 76
10 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 29 42 11 23 198 246 −48 69
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2015–16 Game Log[3]

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

Playoffs[edit]

2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

Final stats

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[4]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Braden Holtby 66 66 3841:11 48 9 7 141 2.20 1802 .922 3 0 1 6
Philipp Grubauer 22 16 1111:53 8 9 1 43 2.32 523 .918 0 0 0 2
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Braden Holtby 12 12 732 6 6 2 21 1.72 363 .942 2 0 1 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.

Roster[edit]

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Zach Sill Boarding on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during NHL Game No. 588 in Boston on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at 4:43 of the second period. 2 games $6,182.80 January 6, 2016[5]
Marcus Johansson Illegal check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during NHL Game No. 601 in New York on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 8:42 of the first period. 2 games $40,322.58 January 8, 2016[6]

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 season.

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
Ref
June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) To New York Rangers
BUF's 3rd-round pick in 2015
4th-round pick in 2015
To Washington Capitals
MTL's 2nd-round pick in 2015
[17]
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) To St. Louis Blues
Troy Brouwer
Pheonix Copley
3rd-round pick in 2016
To Washington Capitals
T. J. Oshie
[18]
February 23, 2016 (2016-02-23) To Buffalo Sabres
3rd-round pick in 2017
To Washington Capitals
Mike Weber[Note 1]
[19]
February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28) To New York Rangers
Chris Brown
To Washington Capitals
Ryan Bourque
[20]
February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brooks Laich
Connor Carrick
2nd-round pick in 2016
To Washington Capitals
Daniel Winnik
ANA's 5th-round pick in 2016
[21]