1982–83 Hartford Whalers season

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1982–83 Hartford Whalers
Division 5th Adams
1982–83 record 19–54–7
Goals for 261
Goals against 403
Team information
General Manager Larry Pleau
Coach Larry Kish
Captain Russ Anderson
Alternate captains None
Team leaders
<1981–82 1983–84>

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

October[edit]

The Whalers opened the 1982-83 season on the road against the Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum on October 6. Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the game after Pierre Larouche scored the Whalers first goal of the season, however, the Canadiens came back and won the game 2-1.

Three nights later, Hartford had their home opener, played against the Boston Bruins in front of 12,430 fans at the Civic Center. The Whalers took an early 3-0 lead, however, the Bruins staged a comeback, and won the game 5-4. The next night, the Whalers earned their first point of the season, a 4-4 tie against the Buffalo Sabres.

After the Whalers winless streak was extended to four games after a tie against the Edmonton Oilers, the team finally won their first game of the season on October 16 against the Vancouver Canucks 6-5. Pierre Larouche led the way for the Whalers, as he scored a hat trick in the victory.

Hartford would struggle for the rest of the month, earning only one more victory, as the club posted a 2-6-2 record in October, earning six points, and was in last place in the Adams Division, five points behind the Buffalo Sabres for the fourth and final playoff position.

November[edit]

The Whalers would get off to a slow start in November, losing three of their first four games, before winning consecutive games for the first time all season, defeating the Quebec Nordiques 7-5 and the St. Louis Blues 5-2.

Following the two game winning streak, the team would end the month of November on a six game winless skid (0-5-1), which included a humiliating 8-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on November 27.

The Whalers ended the month with a 3-8-1 record in 12 games, and a 5-14-3 record on the season, remaining in last place in the Adams Division, 13 points behind the Quebec Nordiques for fourth place.

December[edit]

After dropping their first two games of the month, and extending their overall winless streak to eight games (0-7-1), the Whalers finally earned a victory, defeating the New York Rangers 5-2 at the Civic Center. Two nights later, the Whalers were blown out against the Montreal Canadiens, losing 11-2.

After their blowout loss to Montreal, the Whalers rebounded in their next game, defeating the Canadiens by a 7-4 score, which started a five game unbeaten streak (4-0-1). On December 17, the Whalers Mike Veisor stopped all 33 shots he faced against the Winnipeg Jets in a 2-0 Hartford win.

The shutout win against the Jets was the Whalers last victory of the month, as the team lost their next five games, before earning a tie against the Washington Capitals in their final game of December.

The Whalers had a 5-8-2 record in 15 games in December, bringing their overall season record to 10-22-5, earning 25 points, and in the cellar of the Adams Division, as Hartford was 15 points behind the fourth place Quebec Nordiques.

January[edit]

The Whalers losing ways continued into January, as the club lost their first six games of the month, extending their winless streak to 12 games (0-11-1). On January 13, the Whalers won their first game in nearly a month, as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 at the Civic Center. Two nights later, the club extended their winning streak to two, as Hartford beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1, with goaltender Greg Millen making 29 saves for the win.

Following a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks on January 23, the Whalers fired head coach Larry Kish, and replaced him with Larry Pleau. Kish led the Whalers to a 12-32-5 record in 49 games.

Under Pleau, the Whalers won their first game, 5-2 against the Quebec Nordiques, ending their four game losing streak, followed by a 2-2 tie against the Winnipeg Jets to finish the month of January.

The Whalers finished the month with a 3-10-1 record in 14 games, and an overall record of 13-32-6, getting 32 points, and were now 22 points behind the fourth place Quebec Nordiques for the last playoff spot in the Adams Division.

February[edit]

Hartford started off February on a sour note, as they lost 12-3 against the Quebec Nordiques, setting a club record for goals allowed in a game. That loss was the first in a four game losing streak. The Whalers snapped their losing streak with a 4-2 win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, the New York Islanders on the road. Hartford's Mark Johnson was the star of the game, as he recorded a hat trick.

The Whalers won their next game, a 5-3 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs to extend their winning streak to two. After a loss against the Los Angeles Kings by a 5-2 score, Hartford would defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1, posting a 3-1-0 record in their past four games.

The team then lost their final five games of the month, including a loss by an 11-3 score to the New York Rangers on February 23.

Hartford had another losing month, going 3-10-0 in 13 games, falling to 16-42-6 for the season, earning 38 points, and 28 points behind the Quebec Nordiques for the fourth and final playoff position in the Adams Division.

March/April[edit]

After dropping their first three games of March, the Whalers replaced head coach Larry Pleau with John Cunniff. Pleau coached the Whalers to a 4-13-1 record in 18 games.

In his first game as the Whalers head coach, Cunniff lost to the Edmonton Oilers 9-4, a game in which Wayne Gretzky scored a hat trick and an assist for four points. In his next game against the New Jersey Devils, the Whalers shutout the Devils by a 3-0 score, as Greg Millen made 23 saves, earning his first win as a head coach.

Wins would be scarce for Hartford for the rest of the season, as the team went 2-8-1 in their remaining 11 games, finishing the season with a 19-54-7 record, earning a franchise season low 45 points. The Whalers finished in last place in the Adams Division, 35 points the Quebec Nordiques for the fourth and final playoff position.

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 50 20 10 327 228 110
Montreal Canadiens 80 42 24 14 350 286 98
Buffalo Sabres 80 38 29 13 318 285 89
Quebec Nordiques 80 34 34 12 343 336 80
Hartford Whalers 80 19 54 7 261 403 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 L October 6, 1982 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 0–1–0
2 L October 9, 1982 4–5 Boston Bruins (1982–83) 0–2–0
3 T October 10, 1982 4–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 0–2–1
4 T October 14, 1982 4–4 Edmonton Oilers (1982–83) 0–2–2
5 W October 16, 1982 6–5 Vancouver Canucks (1982–83) 1–2–2
6 L October 20, 1982 2–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1982–83) 1–3–2
7 L October 21, 1982 3–10 @ Calgary Flames (1982–83) 1–4–2
8 W October 23, 1982 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1982–83) 2–4–2
9 L October 26, 1982 1–8 @ Vancouver Canucks (1982–83) 2–5–2
10 L October 30, 1982 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1982–83) 2–6–2
11 L November 2, 1982 6–7 Minnesota North Stars (1982–83) 2–7–2
12 W November 4, 1982 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1982–83) 3–7–2
13 L November 6, 1982 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 3–8–2
14 L November 7, 1982 2–6 @ Washington Capitals (1982–83) 3–9–2
15 W November 10, 1982 7–5 Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 4–9–2
16 W November 13, 1982 5–2 St. Louis Blues (1982–83) 5–9–2
17 L November 16, 1982 1–7 Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 5–10–2
18 L November 17, 1982 3–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1982–83) 5–11–2
19 T November 20, 1982 4–4 Calgary Flames (1982–83) 5–11–3
20 L November 24, 1982 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 5–12–3
21 L November 26, 1982 3–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1982–83) 5–13–3
22 L November 27, 1982 0–8 @ Boston Bruins (1982–83) 5–14–3
23 L December 1, 1982 1–6 @ New York Rangers (1982–83) 5–15–3
24 L December 3, 1982 4–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1982–83) 5–16–3
25 W December 4, 1982 5–2 New York Rangers (1982–83) 6–16–3
26 L December 6, 1982 2–11 @ Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 6–17–3
27 W December 8, 1982 7–4 Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 7–17–3
28 W December 11, 1982 7–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1982–83) 8–17–3
29 W December 12, 1982 3–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 9–17–3
30 T December 14, 1982 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1982–83) 9–17–4
31 W December 17, 1982 2–0 @ Winnipeg Jets (1982–83) 10–17–4
32 L December 18, 1982 4–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1982–83) 10–18–4
33 L December 21, 1982 2–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1982–83) 10–19–4
34 L December 23, 1982 1–5 Boston Bruins (1982–83) 10–20–4
35 L December 26, 1982 2–3 New York Islanders (1982–83) 10–21–4
36 L December 28, 1982 1–4 @ Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 10–22–4
37 T December 30, 1982 4–4 Washington Capitals (1982–83) 10–22–5
38 L January 1, 1983 5–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1982–83) 10–23–5
39 L January 2, 1983 4–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 10–24–5
40 L January 6, 1983 4–6 Vancouver Canucks (1982–83) 10–25–5
41 L January 8, 1983 4–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1982–83) 10–26–5
42 L January 9, 1983 4–8 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1982–83) 10–27–5
43 L January 11, 1983 4–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 10–28–5
44 W January 13, 1983 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 11–28–5
45 W January 15, 1983 2–1 New Jersey Devils (1982–83) 12–28–5
46 L January 18, 1983 1–8 @ New York Islanders (1982–83) 12–29–5
47 L January 20, 1983 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1982–83) 12–30–5
48 L January 22, 1983 2–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1982–83) 12–31–5
49 L January 23, 1983 2–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1982–83) 12–32–5
50 W January 27, 1983 5–2 Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 13–32–5
51 T January 29, 1983 2–2 Winnipeg Jets (1982–83) 13–32–6
52 L February 1, 1983 3–12 @ Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 13–33–6
53 L February 2, 1983 1–7 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1982–83) 13–34–6
54 L February 5, 1983 4–7 @ Boston Bruins (1982–83) 13–35–6
55 L February 9, 1983 5–6 Detroit Red Wings (1982–83) 13–36–6
56 W February 12, 1983 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1982–83) 14–36–6
57 W February 13, 1983 5–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1982–83) 15–36–6
58 L February 15, 1983 2–5 Los Angeles Kings (1982–83) 15–37–6
59 W February 17, 1983 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 16–37–6
60 L February 19, 1983 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1982–83) 16–38–6
61 L February 20, 1983 2–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1982–83) 16–39–6
62 L February 23, 1983 3–11 @ New York Rangers (1982–83) 16–40–6
63 L February 25, 1983 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1982–83) 16–41–6
64 L February 27, 1983 3–4 Boston Bruins (1982–83) 16–42–6
65 L March 1, 1983 5–6 Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 16–43–6
66 L March 5, 1983 3–10 @ Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 16–44–6
67 L March 6, 1983 3–7 Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 16–45–6
68 L March 8, 1983 4–9 Edmonton Oilers (1982–83) 16–46–6
69 W March 10, 1983 3–0 @ New Jersey Devils (1982–83) 17–46–6
70 L March 12, 1983 2–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1982–83) 17–47–6
71 L March 15, 1983 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1982–83) 17–48–6
72 L March 16, 1983 4–5 @ Washington Capitals (1982–83) 17–49–6
73 T March 20, 1983 2–2 Calgary Flames (1982–83) 17–49–7
74 L March 22, 1983 1–4 St. Louis Blues (1982–83) 17–50–7
75 L March 23, 1983 3–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 17–51–7
76 L March 26, 1983 4–7 @ Boston Bruins (1982–83) 17–52–7
77 W March 27, 1983 5–1 Boston Bruins (1982–83) 18–52–7
78 W March 29, 1983 5–4 Buffalo Sabres (1982–83) 19–52–7
79 L April 2, 1983 4–5 Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 19–53–7
80 L April 3, 1983 5–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1982–83) 19–54–7

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1982-83 Hartford Whalers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

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. 152. ISBN 9781894801225. 

External links[edit]