2014-15 New York Rangers Season
2014-15 New York Rangers
Metropolitan Division champions
Division 1st Metropolitan
Conference 1st Eastern
2014-15 record 53-22-7
Home record 25-11-5
Road record 28-11-2
Goals for 252
Goals against 192
Team information
General Manager Glen Sather
Coach Alain Vigneault
Captain Ryan McDonagh
Alternate captains Dan Girardi
Marc Staal
Derek Stepan
Martin St. Louis
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,006[1]
(37 games)
Minor league affiliate(s) Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Rick Nash (42)
Assists Derick Brassard (41)
Points Rick Nash (69)
Penalties in minutes Tanner Glass (98)
Plus/minus (+): Rick Nash (29)
(-): Tanner Glass (-12)
Wins Henrik Lundqvist (30)
Goals against average Mackenzie Skapski (0.50)

The 2014-15 New York Rangers season was the franchise's 88th season of play and their 89th season overall.

Off-season

The Rangers used their second compliance buyout on center Brad Richards on June 20, 2014.[2][3]

Training camp

On September 24, center Derek Stepan suffered a fractured fibula during on-ice fitness testing, meaning the Rangers would need to start the season without their number one center for four-to-six weeks.[4][5]

At the conclusion of training camp, Anthony Duclair was named the 2014 winner of the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award for being the best Rangers rookie in training camp. Duclair, a third round draft pick in 2013, turned heads in camp by scoring in three-straight pre-season games. Duclair was also the only teenager to score five points or more during the pre-season.[6]

On October 6, defenseman Ryan McDonagh was named the 27th captain in New York Rangers history. Dan Girardi, Martin St. Louis, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan were named alternate captains.[7]

Regular season

On October 14, 2014, in a loss to the New York Islanders, Rick Nash established a franchise record by scoring a goal in each of the team's first four games of a season.[8]

On December 27, the Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 to extend their winning streak to eight in a row, which was the longest win streak by the Rangers since the 1974-75 season.[9]

The Rangers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot on March 26 with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators with 101 points.[10] It is the eighth time in franchise history the team has reached the 100-point mark.

On April 2, 2015, the Rangers clinched the Metropolitan Division title with a win over the Minnesota Wild, 3-2. This win also made it their 26th road win of the season, a franchise record.

On April 4, 2015, the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 for their 50th win of the season. This was the fourth time in franchise history that the Rangers achieved a 50 win season.

On April 7, 2015, the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 to clinch the Presidents' Trophy, the third in franchise history. This win also made it their 27th league-leading road win.

On April 11, 2015, the Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 to win their 53rd game with 113 points. This is the most wins and points ever by the team, breaking single-season franchise records.

Playoffs

In the first round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Rangers played the Pittsburgh Penguins and won the series in five games.

In the second round of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Rangers played the Washington Capitals and won the series in seven games.

During the second round, the Rangers set an NHL record in which 14-straight playoff games were decided by one goal. They also became the first team in NHL history to battle back from a 3-1 deficit in back-to-back seasons.

Standings

Divisional standings

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
4 x - Pittsburgh Penguins 82 43 27 12 39 221 210 +11 98
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 5 33 236 250 -14 89
6 Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 18 30 215 234 -19 84
7 New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 14 27 181 216 -35 78
8 Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 11 25 188 226 -38 71
Source: National Hockey League
p - Clinched Presidents Trophy; x - Clinched playoff spot.

Conference standings

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.

Schedule and results

Pre-season

Regular season

Playoffs

Player statistics

Final Stats

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular season[11]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist 46 46 2743 30 13 3 103 2.25 1329 .922 5 0 1 0
Talbot, CamCam Talbot 36 34 2095 21 9 4 77 2.21 1038 .926 5 0 0 0
Skapski, MackenzieMackenzie Skapski 2 2 120 2 0 0 1 0.50 45 .978 1 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist 19 19 1166 11 8 41 2.11 570 .928 0 0 0 0

+Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Rangers. Stats reflect time with the Rangers only.
?Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Rangers only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Roster

Updated October 10, 2017[12][13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
89 Russia Buchnevich, PavelPavel Buchnevich RW L 22 2013 Cherepovets, Russia
28 United States Carey, PaulPaul Carey C L 29 2017 Boston, Massachusetts
25 Canada Cracknell, AdamAdam Cracknell RW R 32 2017 Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
77 United States DeAngelo, AnthonyAnthony DeAngelo D R 21 2017 Sewell, New Jersey
51 Canada Desharnais, DavidDavid Desharnais C L 31 2017 Laurier-Station, Quebec
17 Sweden Fast, JesperJesper Fast Injured Reserve RW R 25 2010 Nässjö, Sweden
40 Austria Grabner, MichaelMichael Grabner RW L 30 2016 Villach, Austria
13 United States Hayes, KevinKevin Hayes C L 25 2014 Boston, Massachusetts
55 Canada Holden, NickNick Holden D L 30 2016 St. Albert, Alberta
47 United States Kampfer, StevenSteven Kampfer D R 29 2016 Ann Arbor, Michigan
20 United States Kreider, ChrisChris Kreider LW L 26 2009 Boxford, Massachusetts
30 Sweden Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist G L 35 2000 Åre, Sweden
27 United States McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh (C) D L 28 2009 St. Paul, Minnesota
10 United States Miller, J. T.J. T. Miller LW L 24 2011 East Palestine, Ohio
61 Canada Nash, RickRick Nash (A) RW L 33 2012 Brampton, Ontario
31 Czech Republic Pavelec, OndrejOndrej Pavelec G L 30 2017 Kladno, Czechoslovakia
22 United States Shattenkirk, KevinKevin Shattenkirk D R 28 2017 New Rochelle, New York
76 United States Skjei, BradyBrady Skjei D L 23 2012 Lakeville, Minnesota
42 Canada Smith, BrendanBrendan Smith D L 28 2017 Etobicoke, Ontario
18 Canada Staal, MarcMarc Staal (A) D L 30 2005 Thunder Bay, Ontario
26 United States Vesey, JimmyJimmy Vesey LW L 24 2016 Boston, Massachusetts
93 Sweden Zibanejad, MikaMika Zibanejad C R 24 2016 Huddinge, Sweden
36 Norway Zuccarello, MatsMats Zuccarello (A) RW L 30 2010 Oslo, Norway

Injuries

Updated as of May 2, 2015

Player Injury Date Returned Games missed
Stepan, DerekDerek Stepan Lower-body-injury (broken leg) September 24, 2014[14] November 8, 2014 12 games
Boyle, DanDan Boyle Upper-body-injury (broken hand) October 9, 2014[15] November 13, 2014 14 games
McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh Upper-body-injury (shoulder) November 1, 2014 November 28, 2014 10 games
Klein, KevinKevin Klein Lower-body-injury (foot) November 1, 2014 November 5, 2014 1 game
Zuccarello, MatsMats Zuccarello Undisclosed November 1, 2014 November 5, 2014 1 game
Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist Vascular injury (neck) February 4, 2015 March 28, 2015 25 games
Fast, JesperJesper Fast Knee sprain February 8, 2015[16] March 2, 2015 11 games
Nash, RickRick Nash Neck spasms February 24, 2015 February 26, 2015 1 game
Klein, KevinKevin Klein Upper-body-injury (arm) March 11, 2015[17] April 30, 2015 16 games
St. Louis, MartinMartin St. Louis Lower-body-injury (leg) March 15, 2015[18] April 2, 2015 8 games
Total 74 games

Suspensions/fines

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
John Moore Illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula during NHL Game No. 122 in New York on Monday, October 27, 2014, at 7:12 of the second period. 5 games $51,859.75 October 29, 2014[19]
Tanner Glass Butt-ending of Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during NHL Game No. 1116 in Boston on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 20:00 of the third period. -- $3,897.85 March 28, 2015[20]

Awards and records

Awards

Milestones

Transactions

The Rangers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014-15 season:


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