1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins season

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1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins
Division 6th Patrick
Conference 9th Wales
1987–88 record 36–35–9
Goals for 319
Goals against 316
Team information
General Manager Eddie Johnston
Coach Pierre Creamer
Captain Dan Frawley (Oct-Dec)
Mario Lemieux (Dec-Apr)
Alternate captains Dan Quinn
Arena Pittsburgh Civic Arena
Team leaders
Goals Mario Lemieux (70)
Assists Mario Lemieux (98)
Points Mario Lemieux (168)
Penalties in minutes Rod Buskas (206)
Wins Steve Guenette (12)
Goals against average Steve Guenette (3.35)
<1986–87 1988–89>

The 1987–88 Pittsburgh Penguins season was the Penguins' twenty-first season in the National Hockey League (NHL). The Penguins did not qualify for the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Penguins were involved in one of the closest playoff races in NHL history, as they competed down the stretch with the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Patrick Division. Despite two hefty losses to New Jersey in the last two weeks of the season, the Penguins gave themselves hope with a 7-6 overtime win against the Washington Capitals in their second to last game of the season. On the last day of the season, the Penguins defeated the Hartford Whalers 4-2 and moved ahead of New York and New Jersey. However, this position was temporary as the Rangers shut out Quebec, 3-0, to move back ahead of the Penguins. The Devils had the last laugh as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime on a goal by John MacLean to claim the fourth and final Patrick Division playoff spot ahead of the Rangers and Penguins.

The Penguins finished the regular season 1st in power-play opportunities (500), power-play opportunities against (507), power-play goals against (120) and short-handed goals allowed (19).[1]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
New York Islanders 80 39 31 10 308 267 88
Philadelphia Flyers 80 38 33 9 292 292 85
Washington Capitals 80 38 33 9 281 249 85
New Jersey Devils 80 38 36 6 295 296 82
New York Rangers 80 36 34 10 300 283 82
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 36 35 9 319 316 81

[2]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
3 W October 13, 1987 8–3 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 1–1–1
4 T October 15, 1987 6–6 OT New York Rangers (1987–88) 1–1–2
5 L October 17, 1987 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 1–2–2
6 L October 18, 1987 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 1–3–2
7 L October 21, 1987 4–5 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 1–4–2
8 L October 23, 1987 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 1–5–2
9 W October 24, 1987 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 2–5–2
10 T October 27, 1987 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 2–5–3
11 L October 29, 1987 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 2–6–3
12 W October 31, 1987 5–4 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 3–6–3
13 W November 3, 1987 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 4–6–3
14 W November 5, 1987 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 5–6–3
15 L November 7, 1987 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 5–7–3
16 W November 11, 1987 3–2 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 6–7–3
17 L November 12, 1987 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 6–8–3
18 W November 14, 1987 3–2 OT New York Rangers (1987–88) 7–8–3
19 L November 17, 1987 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 7–9–3
20 L November 20, 1987 1–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 7–10–3
21 T November 21, 1987 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 7–10–4
22 W November 25, 1987 6–4 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 8–10–4
23 W November 27, 1987 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 9–10–4
24 T November 28, 1987 5–5 OT Washington Capitals (1987–88) 9–10–5
25 L December 2, 1987 1–7 New York Islanders (1987–88) 9–11–5
26 W December 5, 1987 6–3 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 10–11–5
27 W December 9, 1987 5–2 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 11–11–5
28 W December 11, 1987 6–4 New York Islanders (1987–88) 12–11–5
29 L December 12, 1987 2–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 12–12–5
30 L December 15, 1987 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 12–13–5
31 W December 17, 1987 7–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 13–13–5
32 W December 19, 1987 4–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 14–13–5
33 W December 20, 1987 8–4 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 15–13–5
34 L December 23, 1987 2–6 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 15–14–5
35 W December 26, 1987 6–3 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 16–14–5
36 T December 27, 1987 3–3 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 16–14–6
37 T December 29, 1987 4–4 OT Boston Bruins (1987–88) 16–14–7
38 L January 1, 1988 3–5 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 16–15–7
39 L January 2, 1988 2–3 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 16–16–7
40 T January 5, 1988 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 16–16–8
41 L January 7, 1988 2–3 Boston Bruins (1987–88) 16–17–8
42 L January 9, 1988 4–5 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 16–18–8
43 L January 10, 1988 5–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 16–19–8
44 T January 12, 1988 5–5 OT New York Islanders (1987–88) 16–19–9
45 L January 15, 1988 4–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 16–20–9
46 W January 16, 1988 4–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 17–20–9
47 W January 19, 1988 6–4 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 18–20–9
48 W January 20, 1988 8–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 19–20–9
49 W January 23, 1988 4–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 20–20–9
50 L January 25, 1988 4–6 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 20–21–9
51 L January 27, 1988 1–4 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 20–22–9
52 L January 28, 1988 3–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 20–23–9
53 W January 30, 1988 4–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 21–23–9
54 W February 2, 1988 3–2 OT Washington Capitals (1987–88) 22–23–9
55 W February 4, 1988 1–0 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 23–23–9
56 W February 6, 1988 5–4 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 24–23–9
57 L February 7, 1988 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 24–24–9
58 W February 13, 1988 7–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1987–88) 25–24–9
59 L February 17, 1988 0–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 25–25–9
60 L February 19, 1988 3–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 25–26–9
61 L February 21, 1988 4–5 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 25–27–9
62 L February 23, 1988 3–4 OT Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 25–28–9
63 L February 25, 1988 1–2 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 25–29–9
64 L February 28, 1988 5–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 25–30–9
65 W March 1, 1988 8–3 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 26–30–9
66 W March 5, 1988 8–3 New York Islanders (1987–88) 27–30–9
67 W March 7, 1988 5–4 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 28–30–9
68 L March 10, 1988 4–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 28–31–9
69 L March 12, 1988 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 28–32–9
70 W March 13, 1988 5–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 29–32–9
71 W March 16, 1988 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 30–32–9
72 W March 19, 1988 7–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 31–32–9
73 L March 20, 1988 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 31–33–9
74 W March 23, 1988 7–1 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 32–33–9
75 W March 25, 1988 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 33–33–9
76 W March 27, 1988 6–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 34–33–9
77 L March 29, 1988 0–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 34–34–9
78 L March 31, 1988 2–7 New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 34–35–9
79 W April 2, 1988 7–6 OT @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 35–35–9
80 W April 3, 1988 4–2 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 36–35–9

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Lemieux, MarioMario Lemieux C 77 70 98 168 92 23 22 10 7
Quinn, DanDan Quinn C 70 40 39 79 50 -8 21 1 4
Cunneyworth, RandyRandy Cunneyworth LW 71 35 39 74 141 13 14 0 6
Coffey, PaulPaul Coffey D 46 15 52 67 93 -1 6 2 2
Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D 69 14 31 45 103 -4 13 0 1
Brown, RobRob Brown RW 51 24 20 44 56 8 13 0 1
Hunter, DaveDave Hunter LW 59 11 18 29 77 8 0 2 1
Simmer, CharlieCharlie Simmer LW 50 11 17 28 24 6 5 0 3
Callander, JockJock Callander RW 41 11 16 27 45 -13 4 0 1
Simpson, CraigCraig Simpson LW 21 13 13 26 34 5 4 0 3
Siren, VilleVille Siren D 58 1 20 21 62 14 0 0 0
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C/RW 66 11 8 19 40 -1 1 0 0
Loney, TroyTroy Loney LW 65 5 13 18 151 -3 1 0 0
Bourque, PhilPhil Bourque LW 21 4 12 16 20 3 2 0 1
Frawley, DanDan Frawley RW 47 6 8 14 152 0 1 2 1
Hillier, RandyRandy Hillier D 55 1 12 13 144 -6 0 0 0
Johnson, JimJim Johnson D 55 1 12 13 87 -4 0 0 0
Buskas, RodRod Buskas D 76 4 8 12 206 6 0 0 1
Gotaas, SteveSteve Gotaas C 36 5 6 11 45 -11 0 0 1
Zalapski, ZarleyZarley Zalapski D 15 3 8 11 7 10 0 0 0
Mantha, MoeMoe Mantha D 21 2 8 10 23 6 1 0 1
Dahlquist, ChrisChris Dahlquist D 44 3 6 9 69 3 0 0 0
Errey, BobBob Errey LW 17 3 6 9 18 6 0 0 0
Kachowski, MarkMark Kachowski LW 38 5 3 8 126 1 0 0 1
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 23 2 6 8 39 -4 0 0 0
Kontos, ChrisChris Kontos LW/C 36 1 7 8 12 -3 0 0 0
Stevens, KevinKevin Stevens LW 16 5 2 7 8 -6 2 0 0
Hannan, DaveDave Hannan C 21 4 3 7 23 -2 0 1 1
Ganchar, PerryPerry Ganchar RW 30 2 5 7 36 0 0 0 0
Mathiasen, DwightDwight Mathiasen RW 23 0 6 6 14 -7 0 0 0
Erickson, BryanBryan Erickson RW 11 1 4 5 0 2 0 0 0
Van Dorp, WayneWayne Van Dorp LW 25 1 3 4 75 2 0 0 0
Joseph, ChrisChris Joseph D 17 0 4 4 12 2 0 0 0
Schmidt, NormNorm Schmidt D 5 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0
Charlesworth, ToddTodd Charlesworth D 6 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Aitken, BradBrad Aitken LW 5 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
Giffin, LeeLee Giffin RW 19 0 2 2 9 -2 0 0 0
Pietrangelo, FrankFrank Pietrangelo G 21 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
Gruhl, ScottScott Gruhl LW 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Goertz, DaveDave Goertz D 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Guenette, SteveSteve Guenette G 19 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 9 0 0 0 53 0 0 0 0
Mayer, PatPat Mayer D 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Meloche, GillesGilles Meloche G 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Riggin, PatPat Riggin G 22 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Young, WarrenWarren Young C 7 0 0 0 15 -4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Guenette, SteveSteve Guenette 1092 19 12 7 0 61 3.35 1 582 521 .895
Pietrangelo, FrankFrank Pietrangelo 1207 21 9 11 0 80 3.98 1 600 520 .867
Meloche, GillesGilles Meloche 1394 27 8 9 5 95 4.09 0 722 627 .868
Riggin, PatPat Riggin 1169 22 7 8 4 76 3.90 0 580 504 .869
Team: 4862 80 36 35 9 312 3.85 2 2484 2172 .874

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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; SA=Shots Against; SV=Shots saved; SV% = Save Percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Penguins were involved in the following transactions during the 1987–88 season:

Trades[edit]

November 24, 1987 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Paul Coffey
Dave Hunter
Wayne Van Dorp
To Edmonton Oilers
Dave Hannan
Chris Joseph
Moe Mantha
Craig Simpson
December 17, 1987 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Perry Ganchar
To Montreal Canadiens
future considerations
February 5, 1988 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Bryan Erickson
To Los Angeles Kings
Chris Kontos
6th round pick in 1988 Draft (Micah Aivazoff)

Additions and subtractions[edit]

Additions
Player Former team Via
Jimmy Mann Quebec Nordiques free agency (1987-06-16)
Pat Mayer Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL) free agency (1987-07-10)
Jock Callander St. Louis Blues free agency (1987-07-31)
Mark Kachowski Flint Spirits (IHL) free agency (1987-08-31)
Wilf Paiement Buffalo Sabres free agency (1987-09-10)
Charlie Simmer Boston Bruins Waiver Draft (1987-10-05)
Scott Gruhl Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL) free agency (1987-12-14)
Subtractions
Player New team Via
John Chabot Detroit Red Wings free agency (1987-06-25)
Neil Belland Lukko (SM-liiga) free agency
Kevin LaVallee Innsbrucker EV (Austria) free agency
Terry Ruskowski Minnesota North Stars free agency (1987-07)
Dwight Schofield Winnipeg Jets free agency (1987-07)
Mike Blaisdell Toronto Maple Leafs free agency (1987-07-10)
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Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1988.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1987-88 Pittsburgh Penguins Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 

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