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. 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. The San Jose Sharks' playoff streak ended at ten years. The Ottawa Senators also became the first team in NHL history to make the postseason after trailing for the final playoff spot by 14 points.
|2014–15 NHL season|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Duration||October 8, 2014 – June 15, 2015|
|Number of games||82|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Aaron Ekblad|
|Picked by||Florida Panthers|
|Presidents' Trophy||New York Rangers|
|Season MVP||Carey Price (Canadiens)|
|Top scorer||Jamie Benn (Stars)|
|Eastern champions||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Rangers|
|Western champions||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Western runners-up||Anaheim Ducks|
|Runners-up||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Conn Smythe Trophy||Duncan Keith (Blackhawks)|
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.
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 postseason 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.
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. 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). 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. The Senators were replaced on Sportsnet East by the Montreal Canadiens under a new three-year deal with Rogers.
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. 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.
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. They were first used by players in the All-Star Game.
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.
At the league's General Managers Meeting in November, it was decided to immediately end the dry-scrape 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.
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).
|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. On June 19, Peters succeeded after serving three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings.|
|Florida Panthers||Peter Horachek||Gerard Gallant||Horachek was fired after one season on April 29, 2014, after going 26–36–4. On June 21, Gallant succeeded after serving two seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.|
|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. On May 6, Laviolette succeeded after serving six seasons as head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. 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. 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. 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. 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.|
|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. 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.|
|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. 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 postseason 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. 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
|DeBoer was fired on December 26, 2014, after posting a 12–17–7 record through 36 games this season. 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. 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. He served as an assistant since July 11, 2014.|
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.
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.
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.
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. There was no all-star game last season due to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The New York Rangers–Buffalo 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.
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. The league, teams and players then implemented several sanitary procedures, and the last reported mumps case occurred on January 11.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|5||ME||Columbus Blue Jackets||82||42||35||5||33||236||250||−14||89|
|7||ME||New Jersey Devils||82||32||36||14||27||181||216||−35||78|
|9||AT||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||30||44||8||25||211||262||−51||68|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|6||PA||San Jose Sharks||82||40||33||9||36||228||232||−4||89|
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
The following players led the league in regular season points at the conclusion of games played on April 11, 2015.
|Jamie Benn||Dallas Stars||82||35||52||87||+1||64|
|John Tavares||New York Islanders||82||38||48||86||+5||46|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||77||28||56||84||+5||47|
|Alexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||81||53||28||81||+10||58|
|Jakub Voracek||Philadelphia Flyers||82||22||59||81||+1||78|
|Nicklas Backstrom||Washington Capitals||82||18||60||78||+5||40|
|Tyler Seguin||Dallas Stars||71||37||40||77||−1||20|
|Jiri Hudler||Calgary Flames||78||31||45||76||+17||14|
|Daniel Sedin||Vancouver Canucks||82||20||56||76||+5||18|
|Vladimir Tarasenko||St. Louis Blues||77||37||36||73||+27||31|
|Carey Price||Montreal Canadiens||66||3976:33||44||16||6||130||9||.933||1.96|
|Pekka Rinne||Nashville Predators||64||3850:47||41||17||6||140||4||.923||2.18|
|Cam Talbot||New York Rangers||34||2094:57||21||9||4||77||5||.926||2.21|
|Braden Holtby||Washington Capitals||73||4247:29||41||20||10||157||9||.923||2.22|
|Jonathan Quick||Los Angeles Kings||72||4184:15||36||22||13||156||6||.918||2.24|
|Henrik Lundqvist||New York Rangers||46||2742:36||30||13||3||103||5||.922||2.25|
|Steve Mason||Philadelphia Flyers||51||2885:23||18||18||11||108||3||.928||2.25|
|Cory Schneider||New Jersey Devils||69||3923:55||26||31||9||148||5||.925||2.26|
|Brian Elliott||St. Louis Blues||46||2545:48||26||14||3||96||5||.917||2.26|
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|
Awards were 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 Presidents' 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.
|Stanley Cup||Chicago Blackhawks||Tampa Bay Lightning|
(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)
|Calder Memorial Trophy
(Best first-year player)
|Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers)||Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers)|
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)
Mark Stone (Ottawa Senators)
|Conn Smythe Trophy
(Most valuable player, playoffs)
|Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)||N/A|
|Frank J. Selke Trophy
|Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)||Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)|
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
|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)
|Jack Adams Award
|Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames)||Bob Hartley (Calgary Flames)|
Peter Laviolette (Nashville Predators)
Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers)
|James Norris Memorial Trophy
|Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)||Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)|
Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
P. K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)
|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)
|Ted Lindsay Award
|Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)||Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)|
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
|Mark Messier Leadership Award
(Leadership and community activities)
|Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)||Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)|
Andrew Ladd (Winnipeg Jets)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
|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)
|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)
|Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)||Devan Dubnyk (Arizona Coyotes/Minnesota Wild)|
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators)
|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) ||N/A|
|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|
The following is a list of notable players who played their first NHL game during the 2014–15 season, listed with their first team:
|Aaron Ekblad||Florida Panthers||First overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Calder Trophy winner.|
The following is a list of players of note who played their last NHL game in 2014–15, listed with their team:
|Eric Brewer||Toronto Maple Leafs||Over 1000 games played.|
|Daniel Briere||Colorado Avalanche||Over 1000 games played.|
|Martin Brodeur||St. Louis Blues||5-time William M. Jennings Trophy winner, 4-time Vezina Trophy winner, Calder Memorial Trophy winner, over 1400 games played.|
|Ray Emery||Philadelphia Flyers||William M. Jennings Trophy winner.|
|Sergei Gonchar||Montreal Canadiens||2-time NHL All-Star, over 1300 games played.|
|Dany Heatley||Anaheim Ducks||Calder Memorial Trophy winner, 1-time NHL All-Star.|
|Olli Jokinen||St. Louis Blues||Over 1200 games played.|
|Evgeni Nabokov||San Jose Sharks||Calder Memorial Trophy winner, 1-time NHL All-Star, over 300 career NHL wins.|
|Chris Phillips||Ottawa Senators||Over 1100 games played.|
|Robyn Regehr||Los Angeles Kings||Over 1000 games played.|
|Martin St. Louis||New York Rangers||Hart Memorial Trophy winner, 3-Time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, 2-time Art Ross Trophy winner, Lester B. Pearson Award winner, 5-time NHL All-Star, over 1100 games played.|
|Kimmo Timonen||Chicago Blackhawks||Over 1000 games played.|
|Lubomir Visnovsky||New York Islanders||NHL Second All-Star Team|
|Stephen Weiss||Florida Panthers → Detroit Red Wings||Hold Florida Panthers record for games played and assists|
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The 2014–15 Boston Bruins season was the 91st season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on November 1, 1924.
Despite earning 96 points, the Bruins did not qualify for the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, ending their seven-season playoff streak. At the time, this was the most points ever by a team who did not qualify, surpassing the 95 points earned by the 2006–07 Colorado Avalanche and the 2010–11 Dallas Stars. The Bruins held this record for three seasons, until the 2017–18 Florida Panthers tied their record. The Montreal Canadiens achieved the same thing the next season.2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes season
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Based on each player's average annual salary, divided by number of days in the season (195) for first time offenders and games (82) for repeat offenders, salary will be forfeited for the term of their suspension. Players' money forfeited due to suspension or fine goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund, while money forfeited by coaches, staff or organizations as a whole go to the NHL Foundation.2014–15 New Jersey Devils season
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The 2015 NHL Stadium Series was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Stadium Series of games held at football or baseball stadiums. The Los Angeles Kings played against the San Jose Sharks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on February 21, 2015. This was the only game in the Stadium Series during the 2014–15 NHL regular season (as opposed to multiple games in 2014 and 2016). The game coincided with NBC Sports' "Hockey Day in America" coverage, and aired on NBCSN in the United States, while it was the second game of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada doubleheader.
The Kings defeated the Sharks 2–1 on a goal by Marian Gaborik early in the third period to extend the Kings' winning streak to seven games, while the Sharks fell to 2–5–1 in their last eight games. With the victory, the Kings overtook the Sharks for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.2015 NHL Winter Classic
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The 2015 Winter Classic marked the Capitals' second victory in as many outdoor games (the first being in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic), and the Blackhawks' second loss in three outdoor games (the previous two being a loss in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic and a victory in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series). The game was one of two to be held outdoors during the 2014–15 NHL season, the other being the 2015 NHL Stadium Series in February.2015 National Hockey League All-Star Game
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Columbus was originally scheduled to host the All-Star Game on January 27, 2013. The game was postponed two years, first because of the 2012–13 NHL lockout and then due to the league's participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics tournament.2015 Stanley Cup Finals
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The Lightning, as the club with the better regular-season record, held home-ice advantage in the series. The best-of-seven series was played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, with Tampa Bay hosting games one, two, five, and seven (if necessary); and Chicago hosting games three, four and six. The series started June 3 and ended on June 15.Tyler Johnson and Patrick Kane led the Stanley Cup playoffs in points scored with 23 points each.List of 2014–15 NHL Three Star Awards
The 2014–15 NHL Three Star Awards are the way the National Hockey League denotes its players of the week and players of the month of the 2014–15 season.List of San Jose Sharks head coaches
The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California. The team is a member of the Pacific Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Established for the 1991–92 NHL season, the Sharks initially played games at the Cow Palace before moving to SAP Center in San Jose in 1993. The Sharks are owned by San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises.
There have been nine head coaches in Sharks franchise history. George Kingston was the first coach in Sharks history and lasted two seasons, which included a 1992–93 campaign where the team set an NHL record for losses in a season with 71. Todd McLellan has the most games coached (540), wins (311), points (688), playoff games coached (62) and playoff wins (30) in franchise history as of the end of the 2014-15 NHL season. Cap Raeder is the leader in winning percentage, winning his sole game as head coach on December 3, 2002 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Jim Wiley holds the franchise records for fewest wins (17) and fewest points (37), while Kingston holds the record for lowest winning percentage (.192). The current coach of the Sharks is Peter DeBoer, who was hired on May 28, 2015.List of Tampa Bay Lightning head coaches
The Tampa Bay Lightning are an American professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). Often referred to as the Bolts, as seen from their third jerseys, the team joined the NHL in 1992 as an expansion team, and won their first Stanley Cup championship in 2004. Having first played in the Expo Hall, and later in the ThunderDome (now known as Tropicana Field), the Lightning have played their home games at the Ice Palace, currently titled Amalie Arena, since 1996. The Lightning are owned by Jeffrey Vinik, Julien BriseBois is their general manager, and Steven Stamkos is the team captain.
There have been eight head coaches for the Lightning franchise. The team's first head coach was Terry Crisp, who coached for five seasons. John Tortorella, the only American to head coach the team, is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (535), and the most regular-season points (552). Tortorella was the first Lightning coach to have won the Prince of Wales Trophy, the Stanley Cup, and to have been awarded the Jack Adams Award, all of which happened in the 2003–04 season. Steve Ludzik, and Jon Cooper have spent their entire NHL head coaching careers with the Lightning. The team's current head coach is Jon Cooper, who was named to the position on March 25, 2013. During the 2014–15 NHL season, Cooper became the second coach in team history to win the Prince of Wales Trophy. John Cooper is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season wins (305), playoff-games coached (68), and the most playoff-game won (36).Malektronic Rocketman
Malektronic Rocketman is an astronaut used as the mascot for Malektronic LLC. The Rocketman is also known as Tampa Bay Lightning Astronaut, Lighting Astronaut, and TB Astronaut.
The Rocketman came to fame during the 2014–15 NHL season with main appearances occurring during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. Rocketman has also appeared in numerous news broadcasts and on ESPN's flag ship show SportsCenter.
The 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a lockout.
2014–15 NHL season