1977–78 Atlanta Flames season

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1977–78 Atlanta Flames
Division 3rd Patrick
1977–78 record 34–27–19
Goals for 274
Goals against 252
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Fred Creighton
Captain Tom Lysiak
Alternate captains None
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Bob MacMillan (31)
Assists Tom Lysiak (42)
Points Tom Lysiak (69)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (171)
Wins Dan Bouchard (25)
Goals against average Dan Bouchard (2.75)
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 Atlanta Flames season was the sixth season for the franchise.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

[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]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 13, 1977 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 0–0–1
2 W October 15, 1977 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 1–0–1
3 W October 19, 1977 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 2–0–1
4 T October 21, 1977 3–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–0–2
5 L October 22, 1977 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–1–2
6 T October 25, 1977 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 2–1–3
7 L October 26, 1977 2–6 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 2–2–3
8 W October 29, 1977 4–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 3–2–3
9 L November 1, 1977 0–9 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 3–3–3
10 T November 2, 1977 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 3–3–4
11 W November 4, 1977 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 4–3–4
12 T November 6, 1977 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–3–5
13 L November 9, 1977 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 4–4–5
14 L November 12, 1977 3–6 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 4–5–5
15 W November 13, 1977 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 5–5–5
16 L November 16, 1977 2–6 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 5–6–5
17 W November 18, 1977 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 6–6–5
18 L November 20, 1977 0–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–7–5
19 W November 22, 1977 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 7–7–5
20 T November 23, 1977 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 7–7–6
21 T November 26, 1977 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 7–7–7
22 L November 29, 1977 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 7–8–7
23 L December 2, 1977 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–9–7
24 L December 3, 1977 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 7–10–7
25 T December 5, 1977 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 7–10–8
26 T December 7, 1977 2–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–10–9
27 W December 10, 1977 5–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–10–9
28 W December 11, 1977 5–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 9–10–9
29 L December 15, 1977 3–6 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 9–11–9
30 L December 17, 1977 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 9–12–9
31 L December 18, 1977 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–13–9
32 T December 20, 1977 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 9–13–10
33 W December 23, 1977 6–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 10–13–10
34 L December 27, 1977 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 10–14–10
35 W December 29, 1977 5–4 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 11–14–10
36 W December 31, 1977 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 12–14–10
37 T January 1, 1978 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 12–14–11
38 L January 4, 1978 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 12–15–11
39 W January 6, 1978 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 13–15–11
40 W January 9, 1978 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 14–15–11
41 W January 11, 1978 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 15–15–11
42 L January 14, 1978 4–8 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 15–16–11
43 L January 16, 1978 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 15–17–11
44 W January 18, 1978 1–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 16–17–11
45 W January 20, 1978 5–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 17–17–11
46 W January 22, 1978 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 18–17–11
47 L January 26, 1978 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 18–18–11
48 L January 28, 1978 5–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 18–19–11
49 W January 29, 1978 6–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 19–19–11
50 W January 31, 1978 7–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 20–19–11
51 L February 2, 1978 2–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 20–20–11
52 T February 4, 1978 2–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 20–20–12
53 W February 7, 1978 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 21–20–12
54 W February 9, 1978 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 22–20–12
55 L February 10, 1978 2–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 22–21–12
56 T February 12, 1978 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 22–21–13
57 T February 15, 1978 5–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 22–21–14
58 L February 16, 1978 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–22–14
59 T February 18, 1978 3–3 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 22–22–15
60 T February 22, 1978 3–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 22–22–16
61 T February 25, 1978 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–22–17
62 W February 27, 1978 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 23–22–17
63 L March 1, 1978 3–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 23–23–17
64 L March 2, 1978 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 23–24–17
65 W March 4, 1978 9–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 24–24–17
66 L March 7, 1978 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 24–25–17
67 W March 8, 1978 8–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 25–25–17
68 W March 11, 1978 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 26–25–17
69 T March 14, 1978 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 26–25–18
70 W March 15, 1978 6–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 27–25–18
71 W March 18, 1978 5–2 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 28–25–18
72 L March 22, 1978 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 28–26–18
73 W March 23, 1978 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 29–26–18
74 W March 25, 1978 6–3 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 30–26–18
75 W March 29, 1978 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 31–26–18
76 W April 1, 1978 6–0 New York Rangers (1977–78) 32–26–18
77 W April 2, 1978 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 33–26–18
78 W April 5, 1978 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 34–26–18
79 T April 8, 1978 1–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 34–26–19
80 L April 9, 1978 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 34–27–19

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Tom Lysiak 12 80 27 42 69 54 2 1 0 1 2
Guy Chouinard 16 73 28 30 58 8 2 1 0 1 0
Eric Vail 27 79 22 36 58 16 2 1 1 2 0
Harold Phillipoff 24 67 17 36 53 128 2 0 1 1 2
Bob MacMillan 11 52 31 21 52 26 2 0 2 2 0
Bill Clement 10 70 20 30 50 34 2 0 0 0 2
John Gould 21 79 19 28 47 21 2 0 0 0 2
Willi Plett 25 78 22 21 43 171 - - - - -
Ken Houston 6 74 22 16 38 51 2 0 0 0 0
Bobby Lalonde 7 73 14 23 37 28 1 1 0 1 0
Rey Comeau 18 79 10 22 32 20 2 0 0 0 0
Richard Mulhern 4 79 9 23 32 47 2 0 1 1 0
Ed Kea 19 60 3 23 26 40 1 0 0 0 0
Dave Shand 8 80 2 23 25 94 2 0 0 0 4
Miles Zaharko 23 71 1 19 20 26 1 0 0 0 0
Bobby Simpson 22 55 10 8 18 49 2 0 0 0 2
Dick Redmond 5 42 7 11 18 16 2 1 0 1 0
Pat Ribble 3 80 5 12 17 68 2 0 1 1 2
Curt Bennett 5 25 3 7 10 10 - - - - -
Barry Gibbs 2 27 1 5 6 24 - - - - -
Greg Fox 2 16 1 2 3 25 2 0 1 1 8
Dan Bouchard 30 58 0 3 3 6 2
Tim Ecclestone 14 11 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Yves Belanger 31 17 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Phil Myre 1 9 0 0 0 2 - - - - -

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

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Dan Bouchard 30 58 3340 25 12 19 153 2 2.75 2 120 0 2 7 0 3.50
Yves Belanger 31 17 937 7 8 0 55 1 3.52 - - - - - - -.--
Phil Myre 1 9 523 2 7 0 43 0 4.93 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1977–78 season.

Trades[edit]

May 23, 1977 To Atlanta Flames
Ab DeMarco, Jr.
To Los Angeles Kings
Randy Manery
August 18, 1977 To Atlanta Flames
Cash
To Detroit Red Wings
Rick Bowness
December 12, 1977 To Atlanta Flames
Yves Belanger
Bob MacMillan
Dick Redmond
2nd round pick in 1979 (Mike Perovich)
To St. Louis Blues
Curt Bennett
Barry Gibbs
Phil Myre

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
C Bobby Lalonde Vancouver Canucks
Player New team
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Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 20. Miles Zaharko (D)  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
2 28. Don Laurence (C)  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
2 31. Brian Hill (RW)  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
4 72. Jim Craig (G)  United States Boston University (NCAA)
5 82. Curtis Christopherson (D) Colorado College (NCAA)
6 100. Bernie Harbec (C)  Canada Laval National (QMJHL)
7 118. Bobby Gould (RW)  Canada University of New Hampshire (NCAA)
8 133. Jimmy Bennett (RW)  United States Brown University (NCAA)
9 148. Tim Harrer (RW)  United States University of Minnesota (NCAA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225.