1995–96 Hartford Whalers season

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1995–96 Hartford Whalers
Division 4th Northeast
1995–96 record 34–39–9
Home record 22-15-4
Road record 12-24-5
Goals for 237
Goals against 259
Team information
General Manager Jim Rutherford
Coach Paul Maurice
Captain Brendan Shanahan
Team leaders
Goals Brendan Shanahan (44)
Assists Andrew Cassels (43)
Points Brendan Shanahan (78)
Penalties in minutes Scott Daniels (254)
Plus/minus Brad McCrimmon (+15)
Wins Sean Burke (28)
Goals against average Jason Muzzatti (2.90)
<1994–95 1996–97>

The 1995–96 Hartford Whalers season was the 24th season of the franchise, 17th season in the NHL.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season[edit]

Against the Hartford Whalers on March 6, 1996, Chris Osgood became the third goaltender in NHL history to score a goal.[1]

The Whalers were shutout a league-high 8 times during the Regular season.[2]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA PTS
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 49 29 4 362 284 102
2 Boston Bruins 82 40 31 11 282 269 91
3 Montreal Canadiens 82 40 32 10 265 248 90
4 Hartford Whalers 82 34 39 9 237 259 77
5 Buffalo Sabres 82 33 42 7 247 262 72
6 Ottawa Senators 82 18 59 5 191 291 41

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 7, 1995 2–0 New York Rangers (1995–96) 1–0–0
2 W October 11, 1995 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 2–0–0
3 W October 14, 1995 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 3–0–0
4 W October 16, 1995 7–5 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 4–0–0
5 T October 20, 1995 2–2 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 4–0–1
6 L October 21, 1995 0–3 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 4–1–1
7 L October 25, 1995 2–4 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 4–2–1
8 L October 27, 1995 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 4–3–1
9 L October 28, 1995 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 4–4–1
10 L November 2, 1995 0–5 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 4–5–1
11 W November 4, 1995 5–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 5–5–1
12 L November 5, 1995 1–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 5–6–1
13 W November 7, 1995 7–3 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 6–6–1
14 L November 11, 1995 1–4 New York Rangers (1995–96) 6–7–1
15 L November 14, 1995 0–1 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 6–8–1
16 W November 15, 1995 3–2 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 7–8–1
17 L November 18, 1995 2–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 7–9–1
18 L November 20, 1995 3–4 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 7–10–1
19 W November 22, 1995 4–2 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 8–10–1
20 W November 24, 1995 4–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 9–10–1
21 L November 25, 1995 2–4 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 9–11–1
22 T November 29, 1995 2–2 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 9–11–2
23 L December 1, 1995 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 9–12–2
24 L December 2, 1995 3–5 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 9–13–2
25 W December 6, 1995 7–4 New York Islanders (1995–96) 10–13–2
26 L December 9, 1995 0–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 10–14–2
27 L December 10, 1995 1–4 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 10–15–2
28 L December 13, 1995 2–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 10–16–2
29 W December 15, 1995 4–2 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 11–16–2
30 T December 16, 1995 3–3 OT @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 11–16–3
31 L December 18, 1995 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 11–17–3
32 L December 20, 1995 2–3 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 11–18–3
33 T December 22, 1995 3–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 11–18–4
34 T December 23, 1995 3–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 11–18–5
35 L December 28, 1995 4–9 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 11–19–5
36 L December 30, 1995 0–3 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 11–20–5
37 L December 31, 1995 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 11–21–5
38 W January 3, 1996 2–0 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 12–21–5
39 W January 5, 1996 4–2 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 13–21–5
40 L January 6, 1996 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 13–22–5
41 W January 9, 1996 5–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 14–22–5
42 L January 10, 1996 2–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 14–23–5
43 W January 12, 1996 3–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 15–23–5
44 W January 16, 1996 3–0 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 16–23–5
45 W January 17, 1996 6–3 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 17–23–5
46 L January 24, 1996 2–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 17–24–5
47 W January 25, 1996 8–2 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 18–24–5
48 T January 27, 1996 4–4 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 18–24–6
49 L January 30, 1996 2–8 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 18–25–6
50 W January 31, 1996 6–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 19–25–6
51 W February 2, 1996 4–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 20–25–6
52 W February 7, 1996 5–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 21–25–6
53 W February 9, 1996 3–2 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 22–25–6
54 W February 11, 1996 5–3 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 23–25–6
55 L February 14, 1996 0–3 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 23–26–6
56 W February 17, 1996 2–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 24–26–6
57 W February 21, 1996 5–3 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 25–26–6
58 L February 23, 1996 4–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 25–27–6
59 L February 25, 1996 2–6 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 25–28–6
60 T February 28, 1996 4–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 25–28–7
61 L March 1, 1996 2–5 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 25–29–7
62 W March 2, 1996 7–1 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 26–29–7
63 L March 6, 1996 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 26–30–7
64 W March 8, 1996 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 27–30–7
65 L March 9, 1996 3–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 27–31–7
66 W March 13, 1996 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 28–31–7
67 W March 16, 1996 2–1 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 29–31–7
68 W March 18, 1996 6–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 30–31–7
69 L March 20, 1996 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 30–32–7
70 T March 22, 1996 1–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 30–32–8
71 T March 23, 1996 2–2 OT @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 30–32–9
72 L March 25, 1996 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 30–33–9
73 L March 27, 1996 5–6 OT Boston Bruins (1995–96) 30–34–9
74 W March 30, 1996 3–1 New York Islanders (1995–96) 31–34–9
75 L April 1, 1996 2–3 @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 31–35–9
76 L April 3, 1996 2–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 31–36–9
77 W April 4, 1996 1–0 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 32–36–9
78 L April 6, 1996 3–6 New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 32–37–9
79 W April 8, 1996 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 33–37–9
80 L April 11, 1996 2–3 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 33–38–9
81 W April 13, 1996 2–0 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 34–38–9
82 L April 14, 1996 1–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 34–39–9

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Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Shanahan, BrendanBrendan Shanahan LW 74 44 34 78 125 2 17 2 6
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 81 34 31 65 40 0 6 0 7
Cassels, AndrewAndrew Cassels C 81 20 43 63 39 8 6 0 1
Emerson, NelsonNelson Emerson RW 81 29 29 58 78 -7 12 2 5
Nikolishin, AndreiAndrei Nikolishin C 61 14 37 51 34 -2 4 1 3
Kron, RobertRobert Kron LW 77 22 28 50 6 -1 8 1 3
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 48 7 31 38 38 2 5 0 0
Ranheim, PaulPaul Ranheim LW 73 10 20 30 14 -2 0 1 1
O'Neill, JeffJeff O'Neill RW 65 8 19 27 40 -3 1 0 1
Wesley, GlenGlen Wesley D 68 8 16 24 88 -9 6 0 1
Rice, StevenSteven Rice RW 59 10 12 22 47 -4 1 0 2
Burt, AdamAdam Burt D 78 4 9 13 121 -4 0 0 1
Featherstone, GlenGlen Featherstone D 68 2 10 12 138 10 0 0 1
Diduck, GeraldGerald Diduck D 79 1 9 10 88 7 0 0 0
Kapanen, SamiSami Kapanen RW 35 5 4 9 6 0 0 0 0
McCrimmon, BradBrad McCrimmon D 58 3 6 9 62 15 0 1 0
Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen RW 20 2 7 9 67 7 0 0 0
Janssens, MarkMark Janssens C 81 2 7 9 155 -13 0 0 0
Kucera, FrantisekFrantisek Kucera D 30 2 6 8 10 -3 0 0 1
Daniels, ScottScott Daniels LW 53 3 4 7 254 -4 0 0 0
Chase, KellyKelly Chase RW 55 2 4 6 230 -4 0 0 1
Burke, SeanSean Burke G 66 0 6 6 16 0 0 0 0
Martins, SteveSteve Martins C 23 1 3 4 8 -3 0 0 0
Glynn, BrianBrian Glynn D 54 0 4 4 44 -15 0 0 0
Smyth, KevinKevin Smyth LW 21 2 1 3 8 -5 1 0 0
Lemieux, JocelynJocelyn Lemieux RW 29 1 2 3 31 -11 0 0 0
Carson, JimmyJimmy Carson C 11 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Godynyuk, AlexanderAlexander Godynyuk D 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Malik, MarekMarek Malik D 7 0 0 0 4 -3 0 0 0
McBain, JasonJason McBain D 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Muzzatti, JasonJason Muzzatti G 22 0 0 0 33 0 0 0 0
Reese, JeffJeff Reese G 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Burke, SeanSean Burke 3669 66 28 28 6 190 3.11 4 2034 1844 .907
Muzzatti, JasonJason Muzzatti 1013 22 4 8 3 49 2.90 1 551 502 .911
Reese, JeffJeff Reese 275 7 2 3 0 14 3.05 1 170 156 .918
Team: 4957 82 34 39 9 253 3.06 6 2755 2502 .908

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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]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Whalers were involved in the following transactions during the 1995–96 season.

Trades[edit]

Free agents acquired/lost[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Hartford's picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

ECHL[edit]

Roster[edit]

1995-96 Hartford Whalers
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

See also[edit]

References[edit]