1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 2nd Norris
Conference 4th Wales
1978–79 record 36-31-13
Goals for 281
Goals against 279
Team information
General Manager Baz Bastien
Coach Johnny Wilson
Captain Orest Kindrachuk
Alternate captains None
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Greg Malone (35)
Assists Orest Kindrachuk (42)
Points Greg Malone (65)
Penalties in minutes Dave Schultz (157)
Wins Denis Herron (22)
Goals against average Denis Herron (3.37)
<1977–78 1979–80>

The 1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins season was their twelfth in the National Hockey League. They finished second in the Norris Division, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1977. Their regular season was a marked improvement over the previous season, from 68 to 85 points.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 52 17 11 337 204 115
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 31 13 281 279 85
Los Angeles Kings 80 34 34 12 292 286 80
Washington Capitals 80 24 41 15 273 338 63
Detroit Red Wings 80 23 41 16 252 295 62

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


       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; A= Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Greg Malone 12 80 35 30 65 52 7 0 1 1 10
Orest Kindrachuk 26 79 18 42 60 84 7 4 1 5 7
Peter Lee 10 80 32 26 58 24 7 0 3 3 0
Peter Mahovlich 20 60 14 39 53 39 2 0 1 1 0
George Ferguson 11 80 21 29 50 37 7 2 1 3 0
Randy Carlyle 25 70 13 34 47 78 7 0 0 0 12
Ross Lonsberry 18 80 24 22 46 38 7 0 2 2 9
Rick Kehoe 17 57 27 18 45 2 7 0 2 2 0
Rod Schutt 23 74 24 21 45 33 7 2 0 2 4
Ron Stackhouse 3 75 10 33 43 54 7 0 0 0 4
Gregg Sheppard 19 60 15 22 37 9 7 1 2 3 0
Dale Tallon 4 63 5 24 29 35 - - - - -
Tom Bladon 2 78 4 23 27 64 7 0 4 4 2
Colin Campbell 6 65 2 18 20 137 7 1 4 5 30
Blair Chapman 9 71 10 8 18 18 7 1 0 1 2
Russ Anderson 7 72 3 13 16 93 2 0 0 0 0
Gary McAdam 16 28 5 9 14 2 7 2 1 3 0
Dave Schultz 8 47 4 9 13 157 - - - - -
Wayne Bianchin 14 40 7 4 11 20 - - - - -
Jacques Cossette 27 38 7 2 9 16 3 0 1 1 4
Denis Herron 1 56 0 2 2 18
Kim Davis 22 1 1 0 1 0 - - - - -
Bob Paradise 24 14 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
Gordie Laxton 30 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Jim Hamilton 23 2 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 3 0
Lex Hudson 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tom Price 28 2 0 0 0 4 - - - - -
Mike Meeker 16, 8 4 0 0 0 5 - - - - -
Brian Spencer 22 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Greg Millen 29 28 0 0 0 0 - - - - -

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

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; TOI= Time on ice (minutes); W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; 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
Denis Herron 1 56 3208 22 19 12 180 0 3.37 7 421 2 5 24 0 3.42
Greg Millen 29 28 1532 14 11 1 86 2 3.37 - - - - - - -
Gordie Laxton 30 1 60 0 1 0 8 0 8.00 - - - - - - -

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1978–79 season:

Trades[edit]

June 14, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tom Bladon
Orest Kindrachuk
Ross Lonsberry
To Philadelphia Flyers
1st round pick in 1978 Draft
(Behn Wilson)
June 14, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Randy Carlyle
George Ferguson
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Burrows
September 6, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gregg Sheppard
To Atlanta Flames
Jean Pronovost
October 9, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Dale Tallon
To Chicago Black Hawks
2nd round pick in 1980 Draft
(Ken Solheim)
October 18, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Rod Schutt
To Montreal Canadiens
1st round pick in 1981 Draft
(Mark Hunter)
November 17, 1978 To Pittsburgh Penguins
cash
To Vancouver Canucks
Dunc Wilson
February 6, 1979 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gary McAdam
To Buffalo Sabres
Dave Schultz

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Subtractions
Player New team Via
Gene Carr Atlanta Flames free agency (1978-06-06)
Ed Gilbert Cincinnati Stingers (WHA) free agency (1978-10)

Draft picks[edit]

Amateur Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 25. Mike Meeker  Canada Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)
4 61. Shane Pearsall  Canada Ottawa 67's (OMJHL)
5 75. Rob Garner  Canada Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)
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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 163, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5