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The 2014–15 NHL season was the 98th season of operation (97th season of play) of the National Hockey League (NHL).

2014–15 NHL season
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Duration October 8, 2014 – June 15, 2015
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
Regular season
Presidents' Trophy New York Rangers
Season MVP Carey Price (Canadiens)
Top scorer Jamie Benn (Stars)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Tampa Bay Lightning
  Eastern runners-up New York Rangers
Western champions Chicago Blackhawks
  Western runners-up Anaheim Ducks
Stanley Cup
Champions Chicago Blackhawks
  Runners-up Tampa Bay Lightning
Conn Smythe Trophy Duncan Keith (Blackhawks)
NHL seasons

The Los Angeles Kings became the first team to miss the playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup the previous season since the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006–07.[1] The Boston Bruins also became the third defending Presidents' Trophy winner to miss the playoffs (and the first since the Buffalo Sabres missed the playoffs in 2007–08 after winning the Presidents' Trophy in 2007). The Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff berth for the first time since the team's relocation from Atlanta in 2011.[2] The San Jose Sharks' playoff streak ended at ten years. The Ottawa Senators also became the first team in NHL history to make the post season after trailing for the final playoff spot by 14 points. Jamie Benn lead the league in scoring with 87 Points.

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League businessEdit

Canadian television rightsEdit

The 2014–15 season brought a significant realignment for NHL broadcast rights in Canada, as it marked the first year of Rogers Communications' 12-year, $5.2 billion contract for exclusive national television and digital media rights to the league. The networks of Sportsnet (including the Sportsnet regional channels, Sportsnet One, and Sportsnet 360) replaced TSN as the English-language cable broadcasters of the league. National French-language rights were sub-licensed by Rogers to Quebecor Media, with TVA Sports replacing RDS as the national French-language television broadcaster of the NHL in Canada.[3][4][5]

CBC Television, the previous over-the-air television broadcaster of the NHL, continues to participate in coverage to an extent: Rogers reached a deal with CBC to license the Hockey Night in Canada brand and maintain the network's traditional Saturday night games, along with post-season coverage and exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. HNIC began to air across CBC, City, the Sportsnet networks, and FX Canada (typically an all-U.S. game). As part of the arrangement, CBC did not pay a rights fee to either Rogers or the NHL, but all the telecasts are brokered and produced by Sportsnet. CBC is allotted advertising time during the games to promote its own programming, but Rogers receives all ad revenue from the telecasts. City also introduced a new primetime game of the week on Sunday nights, known as Rogers Hometown Hockey, which was hosted on-location from various cities by Ron MacLean. Similarly to TSN under the previous contract, Sportsnet also has a flagship, national Wednesday night game.[5][6][7]

With the loss of national cable rights, TSN expanded its regional coverage of the NHL using its new TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5 channels. The three channels broadcast regional Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators games respectively.[8] Regional rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs were split between TSN4 and Sportsnet Ontario beginning this season, with TSN4 airing 26 of these games (Bell and Rogers own a joint majority stake in the team's parent company Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment).[8][9] TSN5 began airing regional Senators games as part of a new 12-year deal between the team and TSN's parent company Bell Media (which also included French-language regional rights for RDS, and an extension of CFGO's radio rights), replacing Sportsnet East.[8][10][11] The Senators were replaced on Sportsnet East by the Montreal Canadiens under a new three-year deal with Rogers.[9][12]

TVA Sports' national French-language coverage consisted of themed games on selected nights of the week; its flagship telecasts, La super soirée LNH, primarily aired the Montreal Canadiens' Saturday night games, along with the All-Star Game, Winter Classic, and Stanley Cup playoffs.[13][14] RDS continued its long-standing relationship with the Montreal Canadiens for French-language television coverage under a new, 12-year regional contract. As such, French-language broadcasts of the Canadiens on RDS are now blacked out for viewers outside of the team's home market of Quebec and eastern Canada.[15][16]

Agreement with GoProEdit

Midway through the season, the league signed an agreement with GoPro to use the company's wearable cameras to record content for the league's television broadcasts and other video productions.[17] They were first used by players in the All-Star Game.[18]

Changes to the Draft LotteryEdit

The NHL Board of Governors approved changes to the draft lottery format on June 24, 2014, starting with the 2015 Draft. Beginning in 2015, the odds of winning the first overall pick will be adjusted down for the first four lowest point-gaining teams, and adjusted up for the following ten. The change was made in order to "reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League." In 2016, the Draft Lottery will be used to choose the first three overall picks, rather than just the first.[19]

Rule changesEdit

The following rule changes were voted upon by the NHL Board of Governors in June, and were approved by the Players' Association in September 2014.[20][21]

  • The trapezoidal areas behind each net in which goaltenders are allowed to play the puck are to be made 4 feet (1.2 m) wider than their current width.
  • The width of the hashmarks outside the faceoff circles will be extended from their current 3.5 feet to five feet, seven inches apart (international markings).
  • Prior to any overtime period, both teams will change ends and the ice will be dry-scraped by an ice resurfacer. The league hopes that the "long line changes" and the better ice surfaces will increase scoring in overtime, and thus decrease shootouts.[22]
  • Coaches no longer have to submit a list of shootout participants as it begins. The coaches will be free as to who they will pick next.
  • Teams that ice the puck can only use one center to take the ensuing faceoff. If that player attempts to get kicked out of the faceoff to buy his team time, he'll get a two-minute delay-of-game penalty.
  • The NHL's "situation room" will have more latitude to conduct video reviews of goals that don't fall under the guidelines of what can be reviewed but that clearly weren't scored legally.
  • The wording "embellishment" will be changed to allow an escalating scale of fines to repeat-offense players and coaches.
  • The "spin-o-rama" will no longer be allowed on penalty shots and during the shootout.

At the league's General Managers Meeting in November, it was decided to immediately end the dry-scrap prior to overtime, as it was felt that the average time of five minutes was too long and it seemed to have no significant difference. The GMs also voted to allow officials in the Situation Room to buzz the arena to have play immediately stopped for a video review without waiting for a whistle.[23]

UniformsEdit

  • The Anaheim Ducks added a new away jersey to match the alternate "webbed D" as their new primary jerseys, replacing the old home/road jerseys that bore the “Anaheim Ducks” word mark on the crest.
  • As part of the deal approved by the City of Glendale to keep the team from relocating, the Phoenix Coyotes changed their name to the Arizona Coyotes.[24] There will also be a throwback alternate based on the Kachina-styled jerseys they wore from 1996 to 2003.[25]
  • The Chicago Blackhawks NHL Winter Classic uniform was inspired by the 1957–58 jersey worn by the Chicago Blackhawks. This uniform is nearly identical to the road uniform that the Blackhawks currently wear. The main differences between this design and the current road design comes in the form of the lace up collar, the name/number block font (which is serifed), and the C-Tomahawk logo, which is mostly red, black, and white (with a tad bit of yellow) instead of being mostly red, yellow, green black and white.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets wore a special patch to commemorate hosting the 60th National Hockey League All-Star Game.
  • The Los Angeles Kings wore alternate throwbacks based on their inaugural 1967 gold uniforms, instead of the purple ones they have been wearing since 2011. The Kings' 2015 NHL Stadium Series featured the top half of the jersey in silver, bottom half white, a black horizontal stripe runs through the middle of the jersey behind the team crest. On the collar are two crowns, one for each Stanley Cup "crown" the team has won throughout their franchise history. On the white pants is a large "LA" logo as seen on the jersey. The numbers on the back and sleeves were enlarged.
  • On December 5, Montreal Canadiens added a number 4 patch to their jerseys on the upper-right corner in memory of their former captain, Jean Beliveau, who died on December 2 at the age of 83, for the remainder of the season.
  • The New York Islanders wore a special shoulder patch during their final season playing inside Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and replaced their black third jerseys with the jerseys they wore in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series. The venue has served the franchise for 43 years.
  • The Philadelphia Flyers wore their 2012 Winter Classic jersey as a full-time third jersey during the season.[26]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins wore a throwback alternate jersey, featuring the shade of gold the team wore on the uniforms from 1980 to 2002 (the color has been recently referred to as "Pittsburgh gold") instead of Vegas Gold, which the team has been wearing in its primary home and road uniforms since 2002. The jersey was revealed via the club's Twitter page on September 19, and they resemble the black (road) jerseys the team wore during the two seasons it won its two first Stanley Cups, 1991 and 1992.[27]
  • The San Jose Sharks' Stadium Series uniform featured the top half in teal, bottom half in black, with a horizontal white stripe serperating the two. Centred on the white stripe is the San Jose Sharks logo. The entire back of the jersey is teal with large player numbers in white (extremely large on the sleeve). On the shoulder is a new logo paying homage to San Jose's Northern California fans, a star placed in the location of San Jose. The numbers on the back and sleeves have been enlarged.
  • The St. Louis Blues had new home and away jerseys; the alternate remained along with the new set. The uniforms reflect a modernized version of the classic traditional look worn by the team from 1997 to 2007. The uniform leaves the long-lasting, iconic Blue Note unchanged, symbolizing the club's pride and history. The team is not the first to move from a jersey design that was modernized by Reebok when the league started using the new Edge jersey template in the 2007–08 season, to a cleaner, more traditional look. The change removes the irregular curves on the cuff stripes and the apron string piping.
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning replaced the alternate jersey they wore with the "BOLTS" script on the front from 2008 until 2014 with a new black alternate. The new third jersey is black and features the popular BOLTS logo from previous seasons across the front, with white trim and has blue and gray as secondary colors. The club also wore a black version of their signature lightning bolt pants and black gloves as part of their new third jersey system.[28]
  • On November 26, the Vancouver Canucks added a patch decal "PQ" in memory of Pat Quinn to their helmets for the remainder of the season. Quinn died on November 23 at the age of 71.
  • The Washington Capitals NHL Winter Classic uniform was vintage deep red to symbolize hockey's deep roots in Washington. The stripes on the shoulders, waist and legs bring in elements of Washington professional hockey jerseys from the 1930s, predating the Capitals' formation in the 1970s. A large “W” on the front of the jersey, offset in blue to contrast the white Capitals wordmark, offered a unique look never seen before on Capitals jerseys. A large “W” on the front of the jersey is offset in blue to contrast the white Capitals wordmark and features a silhouette of the Washington Monument. They also wore special patches to commemorate their 40th NHL season.
  • For the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, the two teams wore black/neon green jerseys, a far cry from any other jersey that has been used for the special game.[28]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on October 8, 2014, and ended on April 11, 2015. Both the first Saturday (October 11) and the last day (April 11) of the regular season featured 15 games (all 30 teams).[29]

Coaching changesEdit

Coaching changes
Offseason
Team 2013–14 coach 2014–15 coach Story/accomplishments
Carolina Hurricanes Kirk Muller Bill Peters Muller was fired on May 5, 2014, after accumulating an 80–80–27 record in three seasons with no trips to the playoffs.[30] On June 19, Peters succeeded after serving three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings.[31]
Florida Panthers Peter Horachek Gerard Gallant Horachek was fired after one season on April 29, 2014, after going 26–36–4.[32] On June 21, Gallant succeeded after serving two seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.[33]
Nashville Predators Barry Trotz Peter Laviolette Trotz was fired on April 14, 2014, after fifteen seasons. He accumulated a 557–479–160 regular season record and a 19–31 playoff record.[34] On May 6, Laviolette succeeded after serving six seasons as head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers.[35] He guided the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Pittsburgh Penguins Dan Bylsma Mike Johnston Byslma was fired on June 6, 2014, after serving on the team from 2009 to 2014. He accumulated a 252–117–32 regular season record and a 43–35 postseason record. In 2009, he guided the team to win the Stanley Cup. For his efforts during the 2010–11 season, he was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the league's most outstanding coach.[36] On June 25, Johnston succeeded after serving on the Portland Winterhawks as a head coach from 2008 to 2014, where he compiled a record of 231–114–10–10.[37] In 2013, he guided the team to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Vancouver Canucks John Tortorella Willie Desjardins Tortorella was fired after one season on May 1, 2014, after going 36–35–11.[38] On June 23, Desjardins succeeded after two seasons as head coach with the Texas Stars. In his tenure with Texas, he went 91–40–21, won two division titles, a Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy for finishing with the most points in the regular season, a Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award as the league's most outstanding coach, and a Calder Cup in 2013.[39]
Washington Capitals Adam Oates Barry Trotz Oates was fired after two seasons on April 26, 2014, after compiling a 65–48–17 record. In his first season, he took the Capitals to the playoffs by winning the Southeast Division. They ended up losing to the New York Rangers in the first round 4–3.[40] On May 26, Trotz succeeded after fifteen seasons as head coach with Nashville Predators. In his tenure with Nashville, he accumulated a 557–479–160 regular season record and a 19–31 playoff record.[41]
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach Story/accomplishments
Ottawa Senators Paul MacLean Dave Cameron MacLean was fired on December 8, 2014, after posting a record of 11–11–5 through 27 games this season.[42] He has served as the head coach since the start of the 2011–12 season. He left with a 114–90–35 record over parts of four seasons. The team made the post-season twice under his tenure despite going 8–9. For his efforts during the 2012–13 season, he was awarded the Jack Adams Award as the league's most outstanding coach. On December 8, Cameron accepted the promotion from assistant to head coach. He served as an assistant since the 2011–12 season.
Edmonton Oilers Dallas Eakins Todd Nelson (interim) Eakins was fired on December 15, 2014, after posting a 7-19-5 record through 31 games this season.[43] He has served as the head coach since the start of the 2013–14 season. He left with a 36–62–14 record over parts of two seasons. On December 15, Nelson who was coaching the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League at the time, received the call for the head coaching vacancy with the main club. In parts of four seasons with the Barons, he went 176–111–12–34. In 2011–12, he took the Barons to its first division title.
New Jersey Devils Peter DeBoer Adam Oates and
Scott Stevens
DeBoer was fired on December 26, 2014, after posting a 12–17–7 record through 36 games this season.[44] He has served as the head coach since the start of the 2011–12 season. He left with a 114–93–41 record over parts of four seasons. He guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in six games to the Los Angeles Kings. On December 27, the Devils revealed that Adam Oates and Scott Stevens will both take over as the head coach for the remainder of the season. They both served as an assistant coach before the promotion to become co-head coaches.
Toronto Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle Peter Horachek (interim) Carlyle was fired on January 6, 2015, after posting a 21-16-3 record through 40 games this season.[45] He has served as the head coach since March 2012. He left with a 91–78–19 record over parts of four seasons. In 2012–13, he guided the team to its first postseason since the 2003–04 season. On January 7, Peter Horachek accepted the promotion from assistant to interim head coach.[46] He served as an assistant since July 11, 2014.

Winter ClassicEdit

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic, the annual regular season outdoor game was held on January 1 at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.. The game, the seventh Winter Classic, featured the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals.[29]

Stadium SeriesEdit

Only one regular season outdoor game in the NHL Stadium Series was scheduled this season: The San Jose Sharks hosted the Los Angeles Kings on February 21 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.[47]

All-Star GameEdit

The 60th National Hockey League All-Star Game was an exhibition ice hockey game played on January 25, 2015. The game was held in Columbus, Ohio, at Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. This was Columbus's first time hosting the NHL All-Star Game.[48]

This was originally scheduled to take place on January 27, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. It was canceled as a result of the ongoing 2012–13 NHL lockout.[49][50] There was no all-star game last season due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.[51]

Postponed gamesEdit

The Toronto Maple LeafsOttawa Senators game originally scheduled for October 22 was postponed due to the 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa.[52] The game was rescheduled for November 9.[53]

The New York RangersBuffalo Sabres game originally scheduled for November 21 was postponed due to the winter weather-related difficulties in the area. The game was rescheduled for February 20, 2015, displacing a Sabres home game with the Senators that was originally scheduled for the same day. That game was moved to December 15, 2014, as a result of the rescheduling of the Rangers–Sabres game.[54]

League-wide mumps outbreakEdit

The 2014–15 NHL season saw an unprecedented outbreak of mumps at the beginning of the season among many players on multiple different teams. Infected players included Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks, Derick Brassard and two other players on the New York Rangers, Sidney Crosby and four other players on the Pittsburgh Penguins, four players on the New Jersey Devils and five players on the Minnesota Wild.[55][56][57] The league, teams and players then implemented several sanitary procedures, and the last reported mumps case occurred on January 11.[58]

StandingsEdit

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – New York Rangers 82 53 22 7 49 252 192 +60 113
2 x – Washington Capitals 82 45 26 11 40 242 203 +39 101
3 x – New York Islanders 82 47 28 7 40 252 230 +22 101
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 AT x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
2 ME x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 43 27 12 39 221 210 +11 98
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
5 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 5 33 236 250 −14 89
6 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 18 30 215 234 −19 84
7 ME New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 14 27 181 216 −35 78
8 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 11 25 188 226 −38 71
9 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.


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.

Tie Breakers:
1. Fewer number of games played.
2. Greater Regulation + OT Wins (ROW)
3. Greater number of points earned in head-to-head play. (If teams played an unequal # of head-to-head games, the result of the first game on the home ice of the team with the extra home game is discarded.)
4. Greater Goal differential

Player statisticsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on April 11, 2015.[59]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Benn, JamieJamie Benn Dallas Stars 82 35 52 87 +1 64
Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares New York Islanders 82 38 48 86 +5 46
Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 77 28 56 84 +5 47
Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington Capitals 81 53 28 81 +10 58
Voracek, JakubJakub Voracek Philadelphia Flyers 82 22 59 81 +1 78
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals 82 18 60 78 +5 40
Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin Dallas Stars 71 37 40 77 −1 20
Hudler, JiriJiri Hudler Calgary Flames 78 31 45 76 +17 14
Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks 82 20 56 76 +5 18
Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko St. Louis Blues 77 37 36 73 +27 31

Leading goaltendersEdit

The following goaltenders led the league in regular season goals against average at the conclusion of games played on April 11, 2015, while playing at least 1800 minutes.[60]

Player Team GP TOI W L OTL GA SO SV% GAA
Price, CareyCarey Price Montreal Canadiens 66 3976:33 44 16 6 130 9 .933 1.96
Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk Arizona/Minnesota 58 3328:12 36 14 4 115 6 .929 2.07
Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne Nashville Predators 64 3850:47 41 17 6 140 4 .923 2.18
Talbot, CamCam Talbot New York Rangers 34 2094:57 21 9 4 77 5 .926 2.21
Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby Washington Capitals 73 4247:29 41 20 10 157 9 .923 2.22
Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings 72 4184:15 36 22 13 156 6 .918 2.24
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers 46 2742:36 30 13 3 103 5 .922 2.25
Mason, SteveSteve Mason Philadelphia Flyers 51 2885:23 18 18 11 108 3 .928 2.25
Schneider, CoryCory Schneider New Jersey Devils 69 3923:55 26 31 9 148 5 .925 2.26
Elliott, BrianBrian Elliott St. Louis Blues 46 2545:48 26 14 3 96 5 .917 2.26

PlayoffsEdit

BracketEdit

In each round, teams compete in a best-of-seven series following a 2–2–1–1–1 format (scores in the bracket indicate the number of games won in each best-of-seven series). The team with home ice advantage plays at home for games one and two (and games five and seven, if necessary), and the other team is at home for games three and four (and game six, if necessary). The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, along with two wild cards in each conference, for a total of eight teams from each conference.

In the First Round, the lower seeded wild card in the conference plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, and both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds. The other series match the second and third place teams from the divisions. In the first two rounds, home ice advantage is awarded to the team with the better seed; in the last two rounds, it is awarded to the team that had the better regular season record.

  First Round Second Round Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals
                                     
A1 Montreal 4  
WC Ottawa 2  
  A1 Montreal 2  
 
  A2 Tampa Bay 4  
A2 Tampa Bay 4
A3 Detroit 3  
  A2 Tampa Bay 4  
Eastern Conference
  M1 NY Rangers 3  
M1 NY Rangers 4  
WC Pittsburgh 1  
  M1 NY Rangers 4
 
  M2 Washington 3  
M2 Washington 4
M3 NY Islanders 3  
  A2 Tampa Bay 2
  C3 Chicago 4
C1 St. Louis 2  
WC Minnesota 4  
  WC Minnesota 0
 
  C3 Chicago 4  
C2 Nashville 2
C3 Chicago 4  
  C3 Chicago 4
Western Conference
  P1 Anaheim 3  
P1 Anaheim 4  
WC Winnipeg 0  
  P1 Anaheim 4
 
  P3 Calgary 1  
P2 Vancouver 2
P3 Calgary 4  
Legend
  • A1, A2, A3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Atlantic Division, respectively
  • M1, M2, M3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Metropolitan Division, respectively
  • C1, C2, C3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Central Division, respectively
  • P1, P2, P3 – The first, second, and third place teams from the Pacific Division, respectively
  • WC – Wild Card teams


NHL awardsEdit

Awards will be presented at the NHL Awards ceremony, to be held following the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. Finalists for voted awards are announced during the playoffs and winners are presented at the award ceremony. Voting will conclude immediately after the end of the regular season. The President's Trophy, the Prince of Wales Trophy and Clarence S. Campbell Bowl are not presented at the awards ceremony. The Lester Patrick Trophy is announced during the summer and presented in the fall.

2014–15 NHL awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up/Finalists
Stanley Cup Chicago Blackhawks Tampa Bay Lightning
Presidents' Trophy
(Best regular-season record)
New York Rangers Montreal Canadiens
Prince of Wales Trophy
(Eastern Conference champion)
Tampa Bay Lightning New York Rangers
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
(Western Conference champion)
Chicago Blackhawks Anaheim Ducks
Art Ross Trophy
(Player with most points)
Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
(Perseverance, Sportsmanship, and Dedication)
Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild) Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild)
Andrew Hammond (Ottawa Senators)
Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)[61]
Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers) Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers)
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)
Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators)[62]
Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks) N/A
Frank J. Selke Trophy
(Defensive forward)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)[63]
Hart Memorial Trophy
(Most valuable player, regular season)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)[64]
Jack Adams Award
(Best coach)
Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames) Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames)
Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators)
Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers)
James Norris Memorial Trophy
(Best defenseman)
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators) Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
P. K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)[65]
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
(Leadership and humanitarian contribution)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy
(Sportsmanship and excellence)
Jiri Hudler (Calgary Flames) Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Jiri Hudler (Calgary Flames)
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)[66]
Ted Lindsay Award
(Outstanding player)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)[67]
Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg Jets)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)[68]
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
(Top goal-scorer)
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning)
NHL Foundation Player Award
(Award for community enrichment)
Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks) Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)
Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames)
Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)[69]
NHL General Manager of the Year Award
(Top general manager)
Steve Yzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning) Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Glen Sather (New York Rangers)
Steve Yzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Vezina Trophy
(Best goaltender)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) Devan Dubnyk (Arizona Coyotes/Minnesota Wild)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)[70]
William M. Jennings Trophy
(Goaltender(s) of team with fewest goals against)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) and Corey Crawford (Chicago Blackhawks) Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot (New York Rangers)
Lester Patrick Trophy
(Service to ice hockey in U.S.)
Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins) and Bob Crocker (Los Angeles Kings) [71] N/A

All-Star teamsEdit

  Position   First Team Second Team Position All-Rookie
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild G Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues
D Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators Shea Weber, Nashville Predators D Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers
D P. K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings D John Klingberg, Dallas Stars
C John Tavares, New York Islanders Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins F Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
RW Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues F Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
LW Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars F Mark Stone, Ottawa Senators

MilestonesEdit

First gamesEdit

The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2014–15 season, listed with their first team:

Player Team Notability
Aaron Ekblad Florida Panthers First overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Calder Trophy winner.

Last gamesEdit

The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2014–15, listed with their team:

Player Team Notability
Craig Adams[72] Pittsburgh Penguins 2-time Stanley Cup winner with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Penguins.
Eric Brewer[73] Toronto Maple Leafs Olympic gold medalist, 1-time NHL All-Star, over 1000 games played.
Daniel Briere[74] Colorado Avalanche 2-time NHL All-Star, two-time World Championship gold medalist, over 1000 games played.
Martin Brodeur[75] St. Louis Blues 3-time Stanley Cup winner with the New Jersey Devils, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 5-time William M. Jennings Trophy winner, 4-time Vezina Trophy winner, 9-time NHL All-Star, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, over 1400 games played.
Ilya Bryzgalov[76] Anaheim Ducks 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Ducks; Olympic bronze medalist.
Daniel Carcillo[77] Chicago Blackhawks 2-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks.
Daniel Cleary[78] Detroit Red Wings 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Red Wings, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Erik Cole[79] Detroit Red Wings 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Matt Cooke[80] Minnesota Wild 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ray Emery[81] Philadelphia Flyers 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, William M. Jennings Trophy winner.
Colin Fraser[82] St. Louis Blues 2-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.
Simon Gagne[83] Boston Bruins 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings; 3-time Toyota Cup winner; 2-time Bobby Clarke Trophy winner; 2-time NHL All-Star.
Tim Gleason[84] Washington Capitals Olympic silver medalist.
Sergei Gonchar[85] Montreal Canadiens 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-time NHL All-Star, over 1300 games played.
Scott Hannan[86] San Jose Sharks Over 1000 games played, 1-time NHL All-Star.
Dany Heatley[87] Anaheim Ducks Olympic gold medalist, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, 4-time NHL All-Star.
Olli Jokinen[88] St. Louis Blues Olympic silver and bronze medalist, over 1200 games played.
Brenden Morrow[89] Tampa Bay Lightning Olympic gold medalist.
Evgeni Nabokov[90] San Jose Sharks Calder Memorial Trophy winner, World Championship gold medalist, 2-time NHL All-Star, over 300 career NHL wins.
Chris Phillips[91] Ottawa Senators Over 1100 games played.
Robyn Regehr[92] Los Angeles Kings 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Los Angeles Kings, World Championship silver medalist, World Cup of Hockey title, over 1000 games played.
Martin St. Louis[93] New York Rangers 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Hart Memorial Trophy winner, 3-Time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, 2-time Art Ross Trophy winner, Lester B. Pearson Award winner, 6-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.
Kimmo Timonen[94] Chicago Blackhawks 1-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-time NHL All-Star, Olympic silver medalist and 3-time World Championship silver medalist, 5-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner, over 1000 games played.
Lubomir Visnovsky[95] New York Islanders NHL Second All-Star Team, 1-time NHL All-Star, Ice Hockey World Championships gold, silver and bronze medalist.

Major milestones reachedEdit

See alsoEdit

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