1977–78 Edmonton Oilers season

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1977–78 Edmonton Oilers
Division 5th WHA
1977–78 record 38–39–3
Home record 24–15–2
Road record 14–24–1
Goals for 309 (4th)
Goals against 307 (4th)
Team information
General Manager Brian Conacher
Coach Glen Sather
Captain Paul Shmyr
Alternate captains Ron Busniuk
Ron Chipperfield
Al Hamilton
Arena Northlands Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Bill Flett (41)
Assists Ron Chipperfield (52)
Points Ron Chipperfield (85)
Penalties in minutes Ron Busniuk (157)
Plus/minus Al Hamilton (+24)
Wins Dave Dryden (21)
Goals against average Dave Dryden (3.49)
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 Edmonton Oilers season was the Oilers' sixth season of operation. The Oilers placed fifth to qualify for the playoffs, losing in the first round.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points

WHA Team W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Winnipeg Jets 50 28 2 102 381 270 988
New England Whalers 44 31 5 93 335 269 1255
Houston Aeros 42 34 4 88 296 302 1543
Quebec Nordiques 40 37 3 83 349 347 1185
Edmonton Oilers 38 39 3 79 309 307 1296
Birmingham Bulls 36 41 3 75 287 314 2177
Cincinnati Stingers 35 42 3 73 298 332 1701
Indianapolis Racers 24 51 5 53 267 353 1189
Soviet All-Stars 3 4 1 7 27 36 120
Czechoslovakia All-Stars 1 6 1 3 21 40 87


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 12, 1977 3–7 Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 0–1–0
2 W October 14, 1977 4–2 Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 1–1–0
3 L October 15, 1977 2–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 1–2–0
4 L October 19, 1977 3–6 New England Whalers (1977–78) 1–3–0
5 L October 26, 1977 7–8 OT @ Houston Aeros (1977–78) 1–4–0
6 W October 28, 1977 3–2 @ Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 2–4–0
7 L October 30, 1977 2–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 2–5–0
8 L November 2, 1977 3–6 Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 2–6–0
9 W November 4, 1977 3–1 Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 3–6–0
10 W November 6, 1977 7–1 Houston Aeros (1977–78) 4–6–0
11 L November 8, 1977 3–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 4–7–0
12 L November 10, 1977 3–5 @ New England Whalers (1977–78) 4–8–0
13 W November 11, 1977 3–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 5–8–0
14 T November 12, 1977 1–1 @ Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 5–8–1
15 W November 16, 1977 6–4 Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 6–8–1
16 W November 18, 1977 4–3 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 7–8–1
17 L November 20, 1977 4–5 OT New England Whalers (1977–78) 7–9–1
18 W November 22, 1977 4–2 Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 8–9–1
19 L November 24, 1977 4–5 OT @ Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 8–10–1
20 W November 26, 1977 3–1 @ New England Whalers (1977–78) 9–10–1
21 W November 30, 1977 4–2 Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 10–10–1
22 L December 2, 1977 5–7 Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 10–11–1
23 W December 4, 1977 3–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 11–11–1
24 W December 7, 1977 5–4 OT Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 12–11–1
25 L December 9, 1977 3–5 Houston Aeros (1977–78) 12–12–1
26 L December 11, 1977 2–4 Houston Aeros (1977–78) 12–13–1
27 W December 14, 1977 6–1 Czechoslovakia (1977–78) 13–13–1
28 L December 18, 1977 2–3 @ Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 13–14–1
29 L December 20, 1977 4–6 @ Houston Aeros (1977–78) 13–15–1
30 W December 21, 1977 5–2 Soviet All-Stars (1977–78) 14–15–1
31 W December 27, 1977 9–3 Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 15–15–1
32 W December 30, 1977 8–5 Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 16–15–1
33 L January 1, 1978 1–2 Houston Aeros (1977–78) 16–16–1
34 L January 6, 1978 1–4 Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 16–17–1
35 W January 8, 1978 4–2 @ Houston Aeros (1977–78) 17–17–1
36 W January 11, 1978 2–0 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 18–17–1
37 L January 13, 1978 0–2 @ New England Whalers (1977–78) 18–18–1
38 L January 14, 1978 4–7 @ Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 18–19–1
39 W January 15, 1978 4–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 19–19–1
40 W January 18, 1978 1–0 New England Whalers (1977–78) 20–19–1
41 L January 20, 1978 3–5 @ Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 20–20–1
42 W January 21, 1978 3–2 @ Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 21–20–1
43 L January 22, 1978 2–5 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 21–21–1
44 W January 25, 1978 6–2 Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 22–21–1
45 W January 27, 1978 9–6 Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 23–21–1
46 L January 29, 1978 3–4 Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 23–22–1
47 W January 31, 1978 6–4 @ Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 24–22–1
48 L February 1, 1978 3–4 @ New England Whalers (1977–78) 24–23–1
49 W February 3, 1978 6–3 @ New England Whalers (1977–78) 25–23–1
50 W February 4, 1978 4–3 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 26–23–1
51 L February 5, 1978 3–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 26–24–1
52 T February 8, 1978 6–6 Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 26–24–2
53 W February 12, 1978 7–0 Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 27–24–2
54 W February 14, 1978 4–1 Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 28–24–2
55 L February 15, 1978 5–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 28–25–2
56 W February 17, 1978 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 29–25–2
57 W February 19, 1978 4–3 OT Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 30–25–2
58 L February 22, 1978 5–6 Houston Aeros (1977–78) 30–26–2
59 W February 24, 1978 5–4 OT Houston Aeros (1977–78) 31–26–2
60 L February 26, 1978 5–6 New England Whalers (1977–78) 31–27–2
61 L March 1, 1978 4–6 Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 31–28–2
62 L March 3, 1978 6–8 Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 31–29–2
63 W March 5, 1978 4–3 @ Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 32–29–2
64 L March 7, 1978 3–4 @ Houston Aeros (1977–78) 32–30–2
65 L March 9, 1978 5–6 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 32–31–2
66 L March 11, 1978 0–2 @ Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 32–32–2
67 L March 14, 1978 3–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 32–33–2
68 L March 15, 1978 4–8 @ Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 32–34–2
69 W March 17, 1978 6–2 Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 33–34–2
70 W March 19, 1978 4–2 Cincinnati Stingers (1977–78) 34–34–2
71 L March 22, 1978 3–5 Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 34–35–2
72 W March 24, 1978 4–0 Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 35–35–2
73 L March 26, 1978 3–5 @ New England Whalers (1977–78) 35–36–2
74 W March 28, 1978 4–3 OT @ Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 36–36–2
75 L March 30, 1978 1–5 @ Houston Aeros (1977–78) 36–37–2
76 L March 31, 1978 2–5 @ Birmingham Bulls (1977–78) 36–38–2
77 W April 1, 1978 4–1 @ Indianapolis Racers (1977–78) 37–38–2
78 L April 4, 1978 1–9 @ Quebec Nordiques (1977–78) 37–39–2
79 T April 5, 1978 4–4 New England Whalers (1977–78) 37–39–3
80 W April 7, 1978 4–2 Winnipeg Jets (1977–78) 38–39–3

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Chipperfield, RonRon Chipperfield C 80 33 52 85 48 1 11 1 0
Flett, BillBill Flett RW 74 41 28 69 34 9 8 1 0
MacDonald, BlairBlair MacDonald RW 80 34 34 68 11 -12 7 4 0
Zuke, MikeMike Zuke C 71 23 34 57 47 1 2 3 0
Hamilton, AlAl Hamilton D 59 11 43 54 46 24 6 0 0
Callighen, BrettBrett Callighen C 80 20 30 50 112 5 1 0 0
Shmyr, PaulPaul Shmyr D 80 9 40 49 100 -9 3 0 0
Micheletti, JoeJoe Micheletti D 56 14 34 48 56 8 3 0 0
Ferguson, NormNorm Ferguson RW 71 26 21 47 2 14 8 0 0
Widing, JuhaJuha Widing C 71 18 24 42 8 10 0 1 0
Guite, PierrePierre Guite LW 60 12 21 33 71 -7 2 0 0
Rota, RandyRandy Rota C/LW 53 8 22 30 12 11 0 0 0
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 62 6 22 28 90 11 1 0 0
Campbell, BryanBryan Campbell C 53 7 13 20 12 -17 2 0 0
Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk RW 59 2 18 20 157 -8 0 0 0
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco D 47 6 8 14 20 -7 3 0 0
Jarry, PierrePierre Jarry LW 18 4 10 14 4 -1 0 0 0
MacGregor, GaryGary MacGregor C 37 11 2 13 29 -2 2 0 0
Semenko, DaveDave Semenko LW 65 6 6 12 140 -4 0 0 0
Sobchuk, DennisDennis Sobchuk C 13 6 3 9 4 -4 1 0 0
McLeod, DonDon McLeod G 33 0 8 8 2 0 0 0 0
Baird, KenKen Baird D 6 2 4 6 2 0 0 0 0
Miller, WarrenWarren Miller RW 18 2 4 6 18 1 0 0 0
McKay, RayRay McKay D 14 1 4 5 4 3 0 0 0
Deadmarsh, ButchButch Deadmarsh LW 20 1 3 4 32 -1 0 0 0
Holland, JerryJerry Holland LW 22 2 1 3 14 -1 1 0 0
Sandbeck, CalCal Sandbeck D 11 1 2 3 39 1 1 0 0
Troy, JimJim Troy RW 47 2 0 2 124 -11 0 0 0
Morris, RickRick Morris LW 5 1 1 2 7 -7 0 1 0
Topolnisky, CraigCraig Topolnisky D 10 0 2 2 4 -1 0 0 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden G 48 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Inkpen, DaveDave Inkpen D 19 0 1 1 16 -6 0 0 0
Lloyd, OwenOwen Lloyd D 3 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Pinder, GerryGerry Pinder LW 5 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Primeau, KevinKevin Primeau RW 7 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Ahrens, ChrisChris Ahrens D 4 0 0 0 15 -5 0 0 0
Broderick, KenKen Broderick G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cross, JimJim Cross LW 2 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Falkenberg, BobBob Falkenberg D 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Hall, DelDel Hall C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McMullen, DaleDale McMullen LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Turnbull, FrankFrank Turnbull G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 2578 48 21 23 2 150 3.49 2
McLeod, DonDon McLeod 1723 33 15 10 1 102 3.55 2
Broderick, KenKen Broderick 497 9 2 5 0 42 5.07 0
Turnbull, FrankFrank Turnbull 60 1 0 1 0 6 6.00 0
Team: 4858 80 38 39 3 300 3.71 4
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Zuke, MikeMike Zuke C 5 2 3 5 0 0 0 0
Shmyr, PaulPaul Shmyr D 5 1 3 4 11 0 0 0
Chipperfield, RonRon Chipperfield C 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Guite, PierrePierre Guite LW 5 1 1 2 20 0 0 1
MacDonald, BlairBlair MacDonald RW 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Rota, RandyRandy Rota C/LW 5 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
Callighen, BrettBrett Callighen C 5 0 2 2 16 0 0 0
Langevin, DaveDave Langevin D 5 0 2 2 10 0 0 0
Micheletti, JoeJoe Micheletti D 5 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Jarry, PierrePierre Jarry LW 5 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
Sobchuk, DennisDennis Sobchuk C 5 1 0 1 4 0 0 0
McKay, RayRay McKay D 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Widing, JuhaJuha Widing C 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Busniuk, RonRon Busniuk RW 5 0 0 0 18 0 0 0
DeMarco, AbAb DeMarco D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ferguson, NormNorm Ferguson RW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McLeod, DonDon McLeod G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Primeau, KevinKevin Primeau RW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Sandbeck, CalCal Sandbeck D 5 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Semenko, DaveDave Semenko LW 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Troy, JimJim Troy RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
McLeod, DonDon McLeod 207 4 1 3 16 4.64 1
Dryden, DaveDave Dryden 91 2 0 1 6 3.96 0
Team: 298 5 1 4 22 4.43 1

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Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977-78 Edmonton Oilers Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 

External links[edit]