2018–19 Washington Capitals season

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2018–19 Washington Capitals
Metropolitan Division champions
Division1st Metropolitan
Conference3rd Eastern
2018–19 record48–26–8
Home record24–11–6
Road record24–15–2
Goals for278
Goals against249
Team information
General ManagerBrian MacLellan
CoachTodd Reirden
CaptainAlexander Ovechkin
Alternate captainsNicklas Backstrom
Brooks Orpik
ArenaCapital One Arena
Minor league affiliate(s)Hershey Bears (AHL)
South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsAlexander Ovechkin (51)
AssistsJohn Carlson (57)
PointsAlexander Ovechkin (89)
Penalty minutesTom Wilson (128)
Plus/minusMichal Kempny (+24)
WinsBraden Holtby (32)
Goals against averageBraden Holtby (2.82)

The 2018–19 Washington Capitals season was the 45th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 11, 1974.[1] It was the first season with new head coach Todd Reirden. They entered the season as the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Capitals clinched a playoff spot on March 28, 2019, after a 3–2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[2] On April 4, the team defended their division title in a 2–1 win against the Montreal Canadiens.[3]

The Capitals faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, where they lost in seven games.

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
4 x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
5 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
6 Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
7 New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
8 New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 62 16 4 56 325 222 +103 128
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 49 24 9 47 259 215 +44 107
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 46 28 8 46 286 251 +35 100
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
2 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
3 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 249 236 +13 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 36 32 14 33 267 280 −13 86
5 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
6 ME New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
7 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 33 39 10 28 226 271 −45 76
8 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 32 40 10 29 227 277 −50 74
9 ME New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
10 AT Ottawa Senators 82 29 47 6 29 242 302 −60 64
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The preseason schedule was published on June 18, 2018.[4]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season schedule was released on June 21, 2018.[5]

2018–19 game log

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Capitals faced the Carolina Hurricanes in the First Round of the playoffs,[6] and were defeated in seven games.[7]

2019 Stanley Cup playoffs

  Win   Loss

Player statistics[edit]

As of April 24, 2019[8]

Skaters[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

Regular season[11]
Player GP GS MIN W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Braden Holtby 59 58 3,406:34 32 19 5 160 2.82 1,795 .911 3 0 2 2
Pheonix Copley 27 24 1,528:56 16 7 3 74 2.90 776 .905 1 0 1 0
Playoffs[12]
Player GP GS MIN W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Braden Holtby 7 7 448:58 3 4 20 2.67 233 .914 1 0 0 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.

Transactions[edit]

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2018–19 season.

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22) To Colorado Avalanche
Philipp Grubauer
Brooks Orpik
To Washington Capitals
2nd-round pick in 2018
[13]
June 23, 2018 (2018-06-23) To Vancouver Canucks
6th-round pick in 2018
6th-round pick in 2019
To Washington Capitals
6th-round pick in 2018
[14]
February 21, 2019 (2019-02-21) To Los Angeles Kings
3rd-round pick in 2019
Conditional 6th-round pick in 2020
To Washington Capitals
Carl Hagelin
[15]
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) To Detroit Red Wings
Madison Bowey
2nd-round pick in 2020
To Washington Capitals
Nick Jensen
BUF's 5th-round pick in 2019
[16]
June 14, 2019 (2019-06-14) To Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Niskanen
To Washington Capitals
Radko Gudas
[17]

Free agents[edit]

Date Player Team Contract term Ref
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Jay Beagle to Vancouver Canucks 4-year [18]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Nic Dowd from Vancouver Canucks 1-year [19]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Tyler Graovac to Calgary Flames 1-year [20]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Jayson Megna from Vancouver Canucks 1-year [21]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Michael Sgarbossa from Winnipeg Jets 1-year [21]
July 10, 2018 (2018-07-10) Joe Whitney to Linköpings (SHL) 2-year [22]
July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24) Brooks Orpik from Colorado Avalanche 1-year [23]
August 2, 2018 (2018-08-02) Tim McGauley to Colorado Eagles (AHL) Unknown [24]
August 13, 2018 (2018-08-13) Zach Sill to Sparta Praha (ELH) Unknown [25]
August 15, 2018 (2018-08-15) Adam Carlson to Rapid City Rush (ECHL) 1-year [26]
August 16, 2018 (2018-08-16) Wayne Simpson to Rochester Americans (AHL) 1-year [27]
August 21, 2018 (2018-08-21) Anthony Peluso to Calgary Flames 1-year [28]
September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) Sergei Shumakov from CSKA Moscow (KHL) 1-year [29]
October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02) Alex Chiasson to Edmonton Oilers 1-year [30]
February 25, 2019 (2019-02-25) Parker Milner from Hershey Bears (AHL) 1-year [31]
March 18, 2019 (2019-03-18) Joe Snively from Yale Bulldogs (ECAC Hockey) 2-year [32]
April 5, 2019 (2019-04-05) Bobby Nardella from Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big Ten) 2-year [33]

Waivers[edit]

Date Player Team Ref
October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02) Dmitrij Jaskin from St. Louis Blues [34]

Signings[edit]

Date Player Contract term Ref
June 24, 2018 (2018-06-24) John Carlson 8-year [38]
June 28, 2018 (2018-06-28) Devante Smith-Pelly 1-year [39]
June 29, 2018 (2018-06-29) Michal Kempny 4-year [40]
July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01) Travis Boyd 2-year [41]
July 2, 2018 (2018-07-02) Riley Barber 1-year [42]
July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) Liam O'Brien 1-year [43]
July 19, 2018 (2018-07-19) Madison Bowey 2-year [44]
July 24, 2018 (2018-07-24) Brooks Orpik 1-year [45]
July 27, 2018 (2018-07-27) Tom Wilson 6-year [46]
September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24) Alexander Alexeyev 3-year [47]
February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) Nick Jensen 4-year [48]
April 11, 2019 (2019-04-11) Nic Dowd 3-year [49]
May 20, 2019 (2019-05-20) Shane Gersich 1-year [50]
May 20, 2019 (2019-05-20) Brian Pinho 1-year [51]
June 10, 2019 (2019-06-10) Liam O'Brien 1-year [52]
June 16, 2019 (2019-06-16) Carl Hagelin 4-year [53]

Draft picks[edit]

Below are the Washington Capitals' selections at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 22 and 23, 2018, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 31 Alexander Alexeyev D Russia Russia Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
2 461 Martin Fehervary D Slovakia Slovakia IK Oskarshamn (Allsvenskan)
2 472 Kody Clark RW Canada Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
3 93 Riley Sutter C/RW Canada Canada Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5 124 Mitchell Gibson G United States United States Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL)
6 186 Alex Kannok-Leipert D Canada Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
7 217 Eric Florchuk C Canada Canada Victoria Royals (WHL)

Notes:

  1. The Florida Panthers' second-round pick went the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on July 2, 2017, that sent Marcus Johansson to New Jersey in exchange for Toronto's third-round pick in 2018 and this pick.[54]
  2. The Colorado Avalanche's second-round pick went to the Washington Capitals as the result of a trade on June 22, 2018, that sent Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado in exchange for this pick.[13]

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