1976–77 New York Rangers season

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1976–77 New York Rangers
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 5th Campbell
1976–77 record 29-37-14
Goals for 272
Goals against 310
Team information
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach John Ferguson
Captain Phil Esposito
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Phil Esposito (34)
Assists Rod Gilbert (48)
Points Phil Esposito (80)
Penalties in minutes Nick Fotiu (174)
Wins John Davidson (14)
Goals against average Doug Soetaert (2.95)
<1975–76 1977–78>

The 1976–77 New York Rangers season was the fifty-first season of the New York Rangers franchise in the National Hockey League. The Rangers placed fourth in the Patrick Division and did not qualify for the playoffs. The Rangers had a better regular season record than two playoff teams and the league would change the rules in the following season to place the top twelve teams in the playoffs, regardless of division.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Philadelphia Flyers 80 48 16 16 323 213 112
New York Islanders 80 47 21 12 288 193 106
Atlanta Flames 80 34 34 12 264 265 80
New York Rangers 80 29 37 14 272 310 72

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

1976-77 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Rangers failed to qualify for the 1977 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Gratton, GillesGilles Gratton 41 2034 11 18 7 143 4.22 0
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 39 2116 14 14 6 125 3.54 1
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 12 570 3 4 1 28 2.95 1
Tataryn, DaveDave Tataryn 2 80 1 1 0 10 7.50 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Rangers. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Rangers only.

[2]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 6 Don Murdoch RW  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
2 24 Dave Farrish D  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
3 42 Mike McEwen D  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OHA)
4 60 Claude Periard LW  Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
5 78 Doug Caines C  Canada St. Catharines Black Hawks (OHA)
6 96 Barry Scully RW  Canada Kingston Canadians (OHA)
7 112 Remi Levesque C  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1976-77 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08.