1978–79 Atlanta Flames season

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1978–79 Atlanta Flames
Division 4th Patrick
1978–79 record 41–31–8
Goals for 327
Goals against 280
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Fred Creighton
Captain Tom Lysiak
Alternate captains None
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Chouinard (50)
Assists Bob MacMillan (71)
Points Bob MacMillan (108)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (213)
Wins Dan Bouchard (32)
Goals against average Reggie Lemelin (3.32)
<1977–78 1979–80>

The 1978–79 Atlanta Flames season was the seventh season for the franchise.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 358 214 116
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 281 248 95
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 316 292 91
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 327 280 90

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 11, 1978 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 0–0–1
2 T October 13, 1978 3–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 0–0–2
3 W October 14, 1978 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 1–0–2
4 W October 17, 1978 8–2 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 2–0–2
5 W October 20, 1978 7–5 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 3–0–2
6 W October 22, 1978 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–0–2
7 W October 24, 1978 7–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–0–2
8 W October 27, 1978 8–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 6–0–2
9 W October 28, 1978 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 7–0–2
10 W October 31, 1978 5–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 8–0–2
11 W November 1, 1978 3–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 9–0–2
12 W November 3, 1978 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 10–0–2
13 L November 4, 1978 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 10–1–2
14 W November 7, 1978 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 11–1–2
15 W November 10, 1978 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 12–1–2
16 L November 11, 1978 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 12–2–2
17 L November 14, 1978 7–8 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 12–3–2
18 W November 15, 1978 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 13–3–2
19 L November 17, 1978 2–6 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 13–4–2
20 W November 19, 1978 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 14–4–2
21 L November 21, 1978 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 14–5–2
22 W November 24, 1978 4–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 15–5–2
23 L November 26, 1978 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 15–6–2
24 L November 29, 1978 3–5 New York Rangers (1978–79) 15–7–2
25 L December 1, 1978 3–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 15–8–2
26 L December 2, 1978 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 15–9–2
27 L December 5, 1978 0–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 15–10–2
28 W December 8, 1978 4–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 16–10–2
29 L December 9, 1978 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 16–11–2
30 T December 13, 1978 5–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 16–11–3
31 W December 14, 1978 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 17–11–3
32 W December 16, 1978 7–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 18–11–3
33 L December 19, 1978 4–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 18–12–3
34 L December 21, 1978 4–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 18–13–3
35 W December 22, 1978 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 19–13–3
36 L December 26, 1978 3–5 New York Rangers (1978–79) 19–14–3
37 L December 28, 1978 4–10 New York Islanders (1978–79) 19–15–3
38 L December 30, 1978 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 19–16–3
39 W December 31, 1978 6–5 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 20–16–3
40 W January 3, 1979 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 21–16–3
41 T January 5, 1979 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 21–16–4
42 W January 9, 1979 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 22–16–4
43 L January 12, 1979 1–4 New York Islanders (1978–79) 22–17–4
44 L January 14, 1979 4–6 New York Rangers (1978–79) 22–18–4
45 W January 16, 1979 5–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 23–18–4
46 W January 19, 1979 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 24–18–4
47 W January 20, 1979 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 25–18–4
48 L January 22, 1979 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 25–19–4
49 L January 25, 1979 0–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 25–20–4
50 W January 26, 1979 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 26–20–4
51 W January 28, 1979 7–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 27–20–4
52 W January 31, 1979 5–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 28–20–4
53 W February 1, 1979 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 29–20–4
54 L February 3, 1979 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 29–21–4
55 L February 4, 1979 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 29–22–4
56 T February 14, 1979 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 29–22–5
57 W February 17, 1979 5–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 30–22–5
58 W February 18, 1979 6–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 31–22–5
59 W February 20, 1979 5–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 32–22–5
60 T February 23, 1979 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 32–22–6
61 W February 24, 1979 6–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 33–22–6
62 W February 28, 1979 6–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 34–22–6
63 W March 2, 1979 3–2 New York Islanders (1978–79) 35–22–6
64 L March 3, 1979 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 35–23–6
65 W March 8, 1979 7–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 36–23–6
66 T March 10, 1979 5–5 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 36–23–7
67 L March 11, 1979 4–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 36–24–7
68 W March 14, 1979 6–4 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 37–24–7
69 L March 15, 1979 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 37–25–7
70 L March 18, 1979 1–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 37–26–7
71 L March 20, 1979 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 37–27–7
72 L March 23, 1979 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 37–28–7
73 W March 25, 1979 8–2 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 38–28–7
74 L March 27, 1979 4–6 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 38–29–7
75 W March 30, 1979 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 39–29–7
76 W April 1, 1979 7–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 40–29–7
77 L April 3, 1979 2–3 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 40–30–7
78 T April 4, 1979 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 40–30–8
79 W April 6, 1979 9–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 41–30–8
80 L April 8, 1979 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 41–31–8

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Bob MacMillan 11 79 37 71 108 14 2 0 1 1 0
Guy Chouinard 16 80 50 57 107 14 2 1 2 3 0
Eric Vail 27 80 35 48 83 53 2 0 1 1 2
Jean Pronovost 9 75 28 39 67 30 2 2 0 2 0
Tom Lysiak 12 52 23 35 58 36 - - - - -
Bobby Lalonde 7 78 24 32 56 36 2 1 0 1 0
Ken Houston 6 80 21 31 52 135 1 0 0 0 16
Willi Plett 25 74 23 20 43 213 2 1 0 1 29
Bill Clement 10 65 12 23 35 14 2 0 0 0 0
Red Laurence 17 59 14 20 34 6 - - - - -
Harold Phillipoff 24 51 9 17 26 113 - - - - -
Dave Shand 8 79 4 22 26 64 2 0 0 0 20
Ed Kea 19 53 6 18 24 40 2 0 0 0 0
Pat Ribble 3 66 5 16 21 69 - - - - -
Brad Marsh 5 80 0 19 19 101 2 0 0 0 17
Bob Murdoch 20 35 5 11 16 24 2 0 0 0 4
John Gould 21 61 8 7 15 18 2 0 0 0 0
Richard Mulhern 4 37 3 12 15 22 - - - - -
Darcy Rota 18 13 9 5 14 21 2 0 1 1 26
Ivan Boldirev 12 13 6 8 14 6 2 0 2 2 2
Greg Fox 2 64 0 12 12 70 - - - - -
Gene Carr 14 30 3 8 11 6 1 0 0 0
Phil Russell 2 13 1 6 7 28 2 0 0 0 9
Rod Seiling 15 36 0 4 4 12 2 0 0 0 0
Dan Bouchard 30 64 0 3 3 17 2 0 0 0 4
Gerry O'Flaherty 18 1 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Yves Belanger 31 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Reggie Lemelin 1 18 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 1 0

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
Reggie Lemelin 1 18 994 8 8 1 55 0 3.32 1 20 0 0 0 0 0.00
Dan Bouchard 30 64 3624 32 21 7 201 3 3.33 2 100 0 2 9 0 5.40
Yves Belanger 31 5 182 1 2 0 21 0 6.92 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1978–79 season.

Trades[edit]

September 6, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Gregg Sheppard
To Boston Bruins
Dick Redmond
September 6, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Jean Pronovost
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gregg Sheppard
October 10, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Gerry O'Flaherty
To Minnesota North Stars
Cash
November 4, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Rod Seiling
To St. Louis Blues
Cash
January 16, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Bob Murdoch
2nd round pick in 1980 (Tony Curtale)
To Los Angeles Kings
Richard Mulhern
2nd round pick in 1980 (Dave Morrison)
March 13, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Ivan Boldirev
Darcy Rota
Phil Russell
To Chicago Black Hawks
Greg Fox
Tom Lysiak
Harold Phillipoff
Pat Ribble
Miles Zaharko

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
C Gene Carr Pittsburgh Penguins
G Reggie Lemelin Philadelphia Flyers
Player New team
C Rey Comeau Colorado Rockies
D Ab DeMarco, Jr. Boston Bruins
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Draft picks[edit]

Bernhardt Engelbrecht was the first German player selected in the NHL Draft. The Flames selected him in the 12th round.[1]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 11. Brad Marsh (D)  Canada London Knights (OHA)
3 47. Tim Bernhardt (G)  Canada Cornwall Royals (OHA)
4 64. Jim MacRae (F)  Canada London Knights (OHA)
5 80. Gord Wappel (D)  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)
6 97. Greg Meredith (D)  Canada University of Notre Dame (NCAA)
7 114. Dave Hindmarch (C)  Canada University of Alberta (CIAU)
8 131. Dave Morrison (RW)  Canada Calgary Wranglers (WCHL)
9 148. Doug Todd (RW)  Canada University of Michigan (NCAA)
10 165. Mark Green (C)  United States Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
11 180. Bob Sullivan (LW)  Canada Toledo Goaldiggers (IHL)
12 196. Bernhardt Engelbrecht (G)  West Germany Landshut EV (Bundesliga)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.46, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9