1977–78 New York Islanders season

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1977–78 New York Islanders
Campbell Conference Champions
Patrick Division Champions
Division 1st Patrick
Conference 1st Campbell
1977–78 record 48-17-15
Goals for 334
Goals against 210
Team information
General Manager Bill Torrey
Coach Al Arbour
Captain Clark Gillies
Alternate captains None
Arena Nassau Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Mike Bossy (53)
Assists Bryan Trottier (77)
Points Bryan Trottier (123)
Penalties in minutes Garry Howatt (146)
Wins Glenn Resch (28)
Goals against average Glenn Resch (2.55)
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 New York Islanders season was the sixth season for the franchise in the National Hockey League.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1977 NHL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season[edit]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 77 46 77 123 46 52 13 2 6
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 80 30 64 94 81 57 9 0 6
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 73 53 38 91 6 31 25 0 5
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 80 35 50 85 76 49 9 0 2
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 80 30 33 63 31 15 2 0 8
Harris, BillyBilly Harris RW 80 22 38 60 40 27 1 1 1
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 80 30 29 59 94 19 3 0 6
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 66 6 50 56 54 19 3 0 0
Kaszycki, MikeMike Kaszycki C 58 13 29 42 24 15 3 0 2
Parise, J.P.J.P. Parise LW 39 12 16 28 12 19 1 0 0
Henning, LorneLorne Henning C 79 12 15 27 6 10 0 2 4
Hart, GerryGerry Hart D 78 2 23 25 94 44 0 0 1
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 37 10 14 24 8 2 2 0 2
Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 71 5 19 24 14 7 0 1 1
Drouin, JudeJude Drouin C 56 5 17 22 12 14 0 0 0
Howatt, GarryGarry Howatt LW 61 7 12 19 146 7 0 0 0
Bergeron, MichelMichel Bergeron RW 25 9 6 15 2 16 0 0 2
Lewis, DaveDave Lewis D 77 3 11 14 58 32 0 1 1
Price, PatPat Price D 52 2 10 12 27 25 0 0 1
Potvin, JeanJean Potvin D 34 1 10 11 8 11 0 0 0
Marshall, BertBert Marshall D 58 0 7 7 44 10 0 0 0
Lorimer, BobBob Lorimer D 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch G 45 0 1 1 12 0 0 0 0
Hansen, RichieRichie Hansen C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hogosta, GoranGoran Hogosta G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McKendry, AlexAlex McKendry W 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Nicholson, NeilNeil Nicholson D 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 38 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 0
St. Laurent, AndreAndre St. Laurent C 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 2637 45 28 9 7 112 2.55 3
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 2154 38 20 8 8 95 2.65 2
Hogosta, GoranGoran Hogosta 9 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4800 80 48 17 15 207 2.59 5
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 7 2 3 5 2 1 0 0
Nystrom, BobBob Nystrom RW 7 3 1 4 14 1 0 2
Bossy, MikeMike Bossy RW 7 2 2 4 2 0 0 1
Potvin, DenisDenis Potvin D 7 2 2 4 6 0 0 0
Kaszycki, MikeMike Kaszycki C 7 1 3 4 4 0 0 0
Trottier, BryanBryan Trottier C 7 0 3 3 4 0 0 0
Gillies, ClarkClark Gillies LW 7 2 0 2 15 1 0 0
Marshall, BertBert Marshall D 7 0 2 2 9 0 0 0
Persson, StefanStefan Persson D 7 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
Merrick, WayneWayne Merrick C 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Howatt, GarryGarry Howatt LW 7 0 1 1 62 0 0 0
Lewis, DaveDave Lewis D 7 0 1 1 11 0 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Drouin, JudeJude Drouin C 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
Harris, BillyBilly Harris RW 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Hart, GerryGerry Hart D 7 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
Henning, LorneLorne Henning C 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch G 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith G 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0
Westfall, EdEd Westfall D/RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Resch, GlennGlenn Resch 388 7 3 4 15 2.32 0
Smith, BillyBilly Smith 47 1 0 0 1 1.28 0
Team: 435 7 3 4 16 2.21 0

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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;

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 New York Islanders Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27.