List of Washington Capitals seasons

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The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C. The team is a member of the Metropolitan 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 MCI Center, now known as the Verizon Center. In 42 completed seasons, the Capitals have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs 26 times but have never won the Stanley Cup.

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.[1] 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.[2]

The team moved to the Metropolitan Division in 2013 following divisional realignment. They were previously in the Southeast Division from 1998 to 2013. The Capitals have qualified for 8 of the last 9 playoffs, and won the Presidents' Trophy in the 2009–10, 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons.[3]

Table key

An interior view of the Verizon Center showing the ice, the stands, and the overhead video monitor
The interior of the Verizon Center, the Capitals' home arena since 1997
Key of colors and symbols
Color/symbol Explanation
double-dagger Conference champions
Up-arrow Division champions
Hash-tag Led league in points
Key of terms and abbreviations
Term or abbreviation Definition
Finish Final position in division standings
GA Goals against (goals scored by the Capitals' opponents)
GF Goals for (goals scored by the Capitals)
GP Number of games played
L Number of losses
OT Number of losses in overtime (since the 1999–2000 season)
Pts Number of points
T Number of ties
W Number of wins
Does not apply

Year by year

Year by year listing of all seasons played by the Washington Capitals
NHL Season Capitals season Conference Division Regular season[4][5] Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT Pts GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
1974–75 1974–75 Wales Norris 5th 80 8 67 5 21 181 446 Did not qualify
1975–76 1975–76 Wales Norris 5th 80 11 59 10 32 224 394 Did not qualify
1976–77 1976–77 Wales Norris 4th 80 24 42 14 62 221 307 Did not qualify
1977–78 1977–78 Wales Norris 5th 80 17 49 14 48 195 321 Did not qualify
1978–79 1978–79 Wales Norris 4th 80 24 41 15 63 273 338 Did not qualify
1979–80 1979–80 Wales Patrick 5th 80 27 40 13 67 261 293 Did not qualify
1980–81 1980–81 Wales Patrick 5th 80 26 36 18 70 286 317 Did not qualify
1981–82 1981–82 Wales Patrick 5th 80 26 41 13 65 319 338 Did not qualify
1982–83 1982–83 Wales Patrick 3rd 80 39 25 16 94 306 283 4 1 3 11 19 Lost Division Semifinals to New York Islanders, 1–3[6]
1983–84 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 to New York Islanders, 1–4[7]
1984–85 1984–85 Wales Patrick 2nd 80 46 25 9 101 322 240 5 2 3 12 14 Lost Division Semifinals to New York Islanders, 2–3[8]
1985–86 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 to New York Rangers, 2–4[9]
1986–87 1986–87 Wales Patrick 2nd 80 38 32 10 86 285 278 7 3 4 19 19 Lost Division Semifinals to New York Islanders, 3–4[10]
1987–88 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 to New Jersey Devils, 3–4[11]
1988–89 1988–89 Wales PatrickDivision champions 1st 80 41 29 10 92 305 259 6 2 4 18 25 Lost Division Semifinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 2–4[12]
1989–90 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 to Boston Bruins, 0–4[13]
1990–91 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 to Pittsburgh Penguins, 1–4[14]
1991–92 1991–92 Wales Patrick 2nd 80 45 27 8 98 330 275 7 3 4 27 25 Lost Division Semifinals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4[15]
1992–93 1992–93[a] Wales Patrick 2nd 84 43 34 7 93 325 286 6 4 2 15 23 Lost Division Semifinals to New York Islanders, 2–4[16]
1993–94 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 to New York Rangers, 1–4[17]
1994–95 1994–95[c] Eastern Atlantic 2nd 48 22 18 8 52 136 120 7 3 4 10 17 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4[18]
1995–96 1995–96 Eastern Atlantic 4th 82 39 32 11 89 234 204 6 2 4 17 21 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4[19]
1996–97 1996–97 Eastern Atlantic 5th 82 33 40 9 75 214 231 Did not qualify
1997–98 1997–98 EasternConference champions 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 to Detroit Red Wings, 0–4[20]
1998–99 1998–99 Eastern Southeast[g] 3rd 82 31 45 6 68 200 218 Did not qualify
1999–2000 1999–2000 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 1st 82 44 24 12 2[d] 102 227 194 5 1 4 6 15 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 1–4[21]
2000–01 2000–01 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 1st 82 41 27 10 4 96 233 211 6 2 4 10 14 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4[22]
2001–02 2001–02 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 36 33 11 2 85 228 240 Did not qualify
2002–03 2002–03 Eastern Southeast 2nd 82 39 29 8 6 92 224 220 6 2 4 15 14 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Tampa Bay Lightning, 2–4[23]
2003–04 2003–04 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 23 46 10 3 59 186 253 Did not qualify
2004–05[e] 2004–05 Eastern Southeast No playoffs due to lockout
2005–06 2005–06 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 29 41 [f] 12 70 237 306 Did not qualify
2006–07 2006–07 Eastern Southeast 5th 82 28 40 14 70 235 286 Did not qualify
2007–08 2007–08 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 1st 82 43 31 8 94 242 231 7 3 4 20 23 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Philadelphia Flyers, 3–4[24]
2008–09 2008–09 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 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 to Pittsburgh Penguins, 3–4[25]
2009–10 2009–10 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 1st 82 54 15 13 121Led league in points 318 233 7 3 4 22 20 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to Montreal Canadiens, 3–4[26]
2010–11 2010–11 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 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 to Tampa Bay Lightning, 0–4[27]
2011–12 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 to New York Rangers, 3–4[28]
2012–13[h] 2012–13 Eastern SoutheastDivision champions 1st 48 27 18 3 57 149 130 7 3 4 13 15 Lost Conference Quarterfinals to New York Rangers, 3–4[29]
2013–14 2013–14 Eastern Metropolitan[i] 5th 82 38 30 14 90 235 240 Did not qualify
2014–15 2014–15 Eastern Metropolitan 2nd 82 45 26 11 101 242 203 14 7 7 28 28 Won First Round vs. New York Islanders, 4–3
Lost Second Round to New York Rangers, 3–4[30]
2015–16 2015–16 Eastern MetropolitanDivision champions 1st 82 56 18 8 120Led league in points 252 193 12 6 6 29 22 Won First Round vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4–2
Lost Second Round to Pittsburgh Penguins, 2–4[31]
2016–17 2016–17 Eastern MetropolitanDivision champions 1st 82 55 19 8 118Led league in points 263 182 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Playoff Results TBD
NHL season Franchise season Conference Division Regular season Postseason
Finish GP W L T OT Pts GF GA GP W L GF GA Result
Totals 3262 1471 1361 303 127 3372 10285 10505 238 109 129 645 664


Notes

  • 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.[32]
  • b The NHL realigned into Eastern and Western conferences prior to the 1993–94 season.[33] Washington was placed in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.[34]
  • c The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 1994–95 NHL lockout.[35]
  • d Beginning with the 1999–00 season, teams received one point for losing a regular season game in overtime.[36]
  • e The season was canceled because of the 2004–05 NHL lockout.[37]
  • 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.[38]
  • 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.[39]
  • h The season was shortened to 48 games because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout.[40]
  • i The NHL realigned prior to the 2013–14 season. Washington was placed in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference.[41]

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External links

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