1977–78 Colorado Rockies season

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1977–78 Colorado Rockies (NHL)
Division 2nd Smythe
1977–78 record 19–40–21
Goals for 257
Goals against 305
Team information
General Manager Ray Miron
Coach Pat Kelly
Captain Wilf Paiement
Team leaders
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 Colorado Rockies (NHL) season was the fourth season of the franchise, and second as the Rockies. For the first time in franchise history, the team qualified for the playoffs, something that would not happen again for a decade.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 32 29 19 230 220 83
Colorado Rockies 80 19 40 21 257 305 59
Vancouver Canucks 80 20 43 17 239 320 57
St. Louis Blues 80 20 47 13 195 304 53
Minnesota North Stars 80 18 53 9 218 325 45

[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 14, 1977 4–4 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 0–0–1
2 T October 15, 1977 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 0–0–2
3 L October 19, 1977 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 0–1–2
4 L October 20, 1977 5–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 0–2–2
5 W October 22, 1977 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 1–2–2
6 T October 25, 1977 4–4 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 1–2–3
7 W October 28, 1977 8–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 2–2–3
8 W October 29, 1977 6–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 3–2–3
9 W November 2, 1977 6–2 New York Rangers (1977–78) 4–2–3
10 L November 5, 1977 2–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 4–3–3
11 W November 8, 1977 6–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 5–3–3
12 L November 11, 1977 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 5–4–3
13 L November 12, 1977 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 5–5–3
14 L November 16, 1977 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 5–6–3
15 W November 19, 1977 7–2 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 6–6–3
16 L November 22, 1977 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 6–7–3
17 L November 23, 1977 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 6–8–3
18 L November 25, 1977 1–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 6–9–3
19 T November 26, 1977 4–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 6–9–4
20 T November 30, 1977 3–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 6–9–5
21 L December 3, 1977 3–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–10–5
22 T December 6, 1977 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 6–10–6
23 L December 9, 1977 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 6–11–6
24 L December 10, 1977 4–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 6–12–6
25 W December 13, 1977 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 7–12–6
26 W December 17, 1977 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 8–12–6
27 L December 20, 1977 1–9 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 8–13–6
28 L December 21, 1977 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 8–14–6
29 L December 23, 1977 2–6 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 8–15–6
30 L December 27, 1977 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 8–16–6
31 T December 29, 1977 2–2 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 8–16–7
32 T December 30, 1977 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 8–16–8
33 L January 1, 1978 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 8–17–8
34 L January 4, 1978 0–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 8–18–8
35 L January 5, 1978 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 8–19–8
36 W January 7, 1978 3–1 New York Rangers (1977–78) 9–19–8
37 L January 10, 1978 4–7 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 9–20–8
38 L January 11, 1978 2–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 9–21–8
39 L January 13, 1978 1–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 9–22–8
40 T January 14, 1978 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 9–22–9
41 T January 18, 1978 4–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 9–22–10
42 W January 20, 1978 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 10–22–10
43 L January 21, 1978 4–9 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 10–23–10
44 T January 25, 1978 3–3 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 10–23–11
45 L January 26, 1978 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 10–24–11
46 W January 28, 1978 6–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 11–24–11
47 L January 31, 1978 3–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 11–25–11
48 L February 2, 1978 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 11–26–11
49 T February 4, 1978 2–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 11–26–12
50 L February 5, 1978 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 11–27–12
51 L February 7, 1978 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 11–28–12
52 W February 10, 1978 3–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 12–28–12
53 T February 12, 1978 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 12–28–13
54 T February 15, 1978 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 12–28–14
55 L February 16, 1978 4–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 12–29–14
56 L February 18, 1978 4–9 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 12–30–14
57 T February 19, 1978 4–4 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 12–30–15
58 L February 21, 1978 2–3 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 12–31–15
59 W February 24, 1978 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 13–31–15
60 T February 25, 1978 5–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 13–31–16
61 L February 28, 1978 4–7 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 13–32–16
62 L March 2, 1978 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 13–33–16
63 T March 3, 1978 2–2 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 13–33–17
64 T March 5, 1978 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 13–33–18
65 L March 8, 1978 3–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 13–34–18
66 L March 11, 1978 4–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 13–35–18
67 L March 12, 1978 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 13–36–18
68 T March 14, 1978 4–4 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 13–36–19
69 T March 15, 1978 2–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 13–36–20
70 W March 17, 1978 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 14–36–20
71 W March 19, 1978 6–4 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 15–36–20
72 W March 22, 1978 5–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 16–36–20
73 L March 23, 1978 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 16–37–20
74 L March 25, 1978 3–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 16–38–20
75 W March 28, 1978 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 17–38–20
76 L March 30, 1978 3–4 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 17–39–20
77 W April 1, 1978 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 18–39–20
78 L April 4, 1978 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 18–40–20
79 T April 5, 1978 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 18–40–21
80 W April 8, 1978 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 19–40–21

Playoffs[edit]

The Rockies played a best-of-three preliminary round series against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers would sweep the series in two-straight games.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 80 31 56 87 114 -14 7 2 1
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 75 22 38 60 89 -14 6 0 4
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 80 12 42 54 87 -12 5 0 0
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 46 30 22 52 29 -17 13 0 3
Spruce, AndyAndy Spruce LW 74 19 21 40 43 -7 3 0 1
Croteau, GaryGary Croteau LW 62 17 22 39 24 -15 8 0 0
Andruff, RonRon Andruff C 78 15 18 33 31 -16 0 0 1
Hudson, DaveDave Hudson C 60 10 22 32 12 -5 1 0 0
Owchar, DennisDennis Owchar D 60 8 23 31 25 -49 2 0 0
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere LW 54 15 15 30 4 9 2 2 4
Contini, JoeJoe Contini C 37 12 9 21 28 -2 3 0 0
Delorme, RonRon Delorme C 68 10 11 21 47 -20 0 0 0
Pyatt, NelsonNelson Pyatt C 71 9 12 21 8 -23 1 0 0
Pierce, RandyRandy Pierce RW 35 9 10 19 15 0 1 0 3
Suzor, MarkMark Suzor D 60 4 15 19 56 -35 2 0 0
Kitchen, MikeMike Kitchen D 61 2 17 19 45 -12 0 0 1
Ahern, FredFred Ahern RW 38 5 13 18 19 -16 1 0 0
Lefley, BryanBryan Lefley D/LW 71 4 13 17 12 -4 0 1 1
Klassen, RalphRalph Klassen C 44 6 9 15 8 -19 3 0 0
Edur, TomTom Edur D 20 5 7 12 10 10 1 0 0
Arnason, ChuckChuck Arnason RW 29 4 8 12 10 -3 2 0 0
Christie, MikeMike Christie D 35 2 8 10 28 -6 0 0 0
Neely, BobBob Neely LW 22 3 6 9 2 -10 1 0 0
Skinner, LarryLarry Skinner C 14 3 5 8 0 2 1 0 0
Jodzio, RickRick Jodzio LW 32 0 5 5 28 -5 0 0 0
Favell, DougDoug Favell G 47 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
O'Brien, DennisDennis O'Brien D 16 0 2 2 12 -10 0 0 0
Lemelin, RogerRoger Lemelin D 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McCahill, JohnJohn McCahill D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McElmury, JimJim McElmury D 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
McKenzie, BillBill McKenzie G 12 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Nistico, LouLou Nistico C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oleschuk, BillBill Oleschuk G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse G 25 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Favell, DougDoug Favell 2663 47 13 20 11 159 3.58 1
McKenzie, BillBill McKenzie 654 12 3 6 2 42 3.85 0
Plasse, MichelMichel Plasse 1383 25 3 12 8 90 3.90 0
Oleschuk, BillBill Oleschuk 100 2 0 2 0 9 5.40 0
Team: 4800 80 19 40 21 300 3.75 1

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Hudson, DaveDave Hudson C 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Spruce, AndyAndy Spruce LW 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere LW 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Owchar, DennisDennis Owchar D 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Ahern, FredFred Ahern RW 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Beck, BarryBarry Beck D 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Van Boxmeer, JohnJohn Van Boxmeer D 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Andruff, RonRon Andruff C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Christie, MikeMike Christie D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contini, JoeJoe Contini C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Delorme, RonRon Delorme C 2 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Favell, DougDoug Favell G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kitchen, MikeMike Kitchen D 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Klassen, RalphRalph Klassen C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lefley, BryanBryan Lefley D/LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Pierce, RandyRandy Pierce RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Skinner, LarryLarry Skinner C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Favell, DougDoug Favell 120 2 0 2 6 3.00 0
Team: 120 2 0 2 6 3.00 0

[2]

Note: 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. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1977-78 Colorado Rockies Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 

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