1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes season

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1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes
Division 6th Northeast
1997–98 record 33–41–8
Goals for 200
Goals against 219
Team information
General Manager Jim Rutherford
Coach Paul Maurice
Captain Kevin Dineen
Arena Greensboro Coliseum
Average attendance 9,086[1]
Team leaders
< 1996–97 1998–99>

The 1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes season was the 25th season in franchise history, their 18th as a member of the National Hockey League and their first since moving to Raleigh, North Carolina. The team, formerly the Hartford Whalers, finished sub-.500 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

In March 1997, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos announced that the team would move elsewhere after the 1996–97 season because of the team's inability to negotiate a satisfactory construction and lease package for a new arena to replace the Hartford Civic Center. In July, Karmanos announced that the Whalers would move to the Research Triangle area of North Carolina and the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Raleigh, become the Carolina Hurricanes, and change their team colors to red and black. Due to the relatively short time frame for the move, Karmanos himself thought of and decided upon the new name for the club, rather than holding a contest as is sometimes done.

Unfortunately, the ESA would not be complete for two more years. The only arena in the Triangle with an ice plant was Dorton Arena in Raleigh, which only seated 5,100 people—too small even for temporary use. The Hurricanes decided to play home games in Greensboro, ninety minutes away from Raleigh, for their first two seasons after the move. This choice was disastrous for the franchise's attendance and reputation. With a capacity of over 21,000 people for hockey, the Greensboro Coliseum became the highest-capacity arena in the NHL, but Triangle-area fans proved unwilling to make the drive down I-40 to Greensboro, and fans from the Piedmont Triad mostly refused to support a lame-duck team that had displaced the longtime Greensboro/Carolina Monarchs minor-league franchise. Furthermore, only 29 out of 82 games were televised, and radio play-by-play coverage on WPTF was often pre-empted by North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball (for whose broadcasts WPTF was the flagship station), leaving these games totally unavailable to those who did not have a ticket. With by far the smallest season-ticket base in the NHL and attendance routinely well below the league average, Sports Illustrated ran a story titled "Natural Disaster,"[2] and ESPN anchors mocked the "Green Acres" of empty seats; in a 2006 interview, Karmanos admitted that "as it turns out, [Greensboro] was probably a mistake."[3]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
2 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
5 Ottawa Senators 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
4 Washington Capitals ATL 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
6 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
7 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
9 Carolina Hurricanes NE 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
10 New York Islanders ATL 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
11 New York Rangers ATL 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
12 Florida Panthers ATL 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
13 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

October[edit]

Record for the month 3-8-3 (Home 2-2-2 Away 1-6-1)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 1, 1997 2–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 0–1–0
2 L October 3, 1997 3–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 0–2–0
3 L October 4, 1997 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 0–3–0
4 T October 7, 1997 3–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 0–3–1
5 W October 10, 1997 2–1 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 1–3–1
6 L October 11, 1997 1–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 1–4–1
7 L October 13, 1997 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 1–5–1
8 T October 15, 1997 3–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 1–5–2
9 L October 18, 1997 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 1–6–2
10 L October 20, 1997 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 1–7–2
11 W October 22, 1997 4–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 2–7–2
12 T October 24, 1997 3–3 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 2–7–3
13 W October 26, 1997 3–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 3–7–3
14 L October 31, 1997 2–3 OT Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 3–8–3

November[edit]

Record for the month 7-5-1 (Home 5-3-1 Away 2-2-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
15 W November 3, 1997 5–3 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 4–8–3
16 W November 5, 1997 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 5–8–3
17 L November 7, 1997 2–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 5–9–3
18 W November 9, 1997 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 6–9–3
19 W November 12, 1997 6–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 7–9–3
20 W November 13, 1997 4–2 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 8–9–3
21 L November 16, 1997 1–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 8–10–3
22 W November 19, 1997 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 9–10–3
23 L November 21, 1997 3–4 New York Rangers (1997–98) 9–11–3
24 T November 23, 1997 3–3 OT Calgary Flames (1997–98) 9–11–4
25 L November 26, 1997 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 9–12–4
26 W November 28, 1997 2–0 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 10–12–4
27 L November 29, 1997 2–3 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 10–13–4

December[edit]

Record for the month 5-8-1 (Home 5-3-1 Away 0-5-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
28 W December 1, 1997 3–1 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 11–13–4
29 W December 3, 1997 5–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 12–13–4
30 T December 5, 1997 2–2 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 12–13–5
31 L December 6, 1997 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 12–14–5
32 L December 10, 1997 2–5 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 12–15–5
33 L December 12, 1997 2–3 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 12–16–5
34 W December 16, 1997 2–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–16–5
35 L December 18, 1997 2–3 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 13–17–5
36 L December 20, 1997 1–2 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 13–18–5
37 L December 23, 1997 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 13–19–5
38 L December 26, 1997 2–5 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 13–20–5
39 W December 27, 1997 4–1 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 14–20–5
40 W December 30, 1997 2–1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 15–20–5
41 L December 31, 1997 2–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 15–21–5

January[edit]

Record for the month 5-7-1 (Home 1-3-1 Away 4-4-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
42 L January 3, 1998 1–6 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 15–22–5
43 W January 5, 1998 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 16–22–5
44 L January 6, 1998 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 16–23–5
45 T January 8, 1998 3–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 16–23–6
46 W January 10, 1998 2–1 OT @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 17–23–6
47 L January 12, 1998 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 17–24–6
48 L January 14, 1998 1–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 17–25–6
49 L January 21, 1998 1–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 17–26–6
50 W January 22, 1998 4–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 18–26–6
51 W January 24, 1998 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 19–26–6
52 L January 27, 1998 0–3 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 19–27–6
53 W January 28, 1998 3–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 20–27–6
54 L January 30, 1998 0–2 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 20–28–6

February[edit]

Record for the month 1-2-1 (Home 0-1-1 Away 1-1-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
55 L February 1, 1998 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 20–29–6
56 T February 4, 1998 3–3 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 20–29–7
57 W February 7, 1998 3–1 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 21–29–7
58 L February 28, 1998 3–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 21–30–7

March[edit]

Record for the month 8-5-1 (Home 2-3-1 Away 6-2-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
59 W March 2, 1998 3–1 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 22–30–7
60 W March 5, 1998 2–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 23–30–7
61 W March 6, 1998 5–4 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 24–30–7
62 W March 8, 1998 3–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 25–30–7
63 L March 12, 1998 0–2 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 25–31–7
64 L March 14, 1998 1–2 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 25–32–7
65 W March 15, 1998 4–1 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 26–32–7
66 L March 18, 1998 0–1 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 26–33–7
67 L March 20, 1998 1–6 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 26–34–7
68 W March 23, 1998 5–3 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 27–34–7
69 W March 26, 1998 4–1 New York Rangers (1997–98) 28–34–7
70 W March 28, 1998 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–34–7
71 L March 29, 1998 1–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–35–7
72 T March 31, 1998 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 29–35–8

April[edit]

Record for the month 4-6-0 (Home 1-3-0 Away 3-3-0)

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
73 W April 1, 1998 4–0 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 30–35–8
74 W April 4, 1998 1–0 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 31–35–8
75 W April 6, 1998 3–0 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 32–35–8
76 L April 8, 1998 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 32–36–8
77 W April 9, 1998 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 33–36–8
78 L April 11, 1998 1–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 33–37–8
79 L April 13, 1998 2–3 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 33–38–8
80 L April 16, 1998 1–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 33–39–8
81 L April 18, 1998 3–4 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 33–40–8
82 L April 19, 1998 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 33–41–8

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Kapanen, SamiSami Kapanen RW 81 26 37 63 16 9 4 0 5
Primeau, KeithKeith Primeau C 81 26 37 63 110 19 7 3 2
Roberts, GaryGary Roberts LW 61 20 29 49 103 3 4 0 2
Emerson, NelsonNelson Emerson RW 81 21 24 45 50 -17 6 0 4
O'Neill, JeffJeff O'Neill RW 74 19 20 39 67 -8 7 1 4
Kron, RobertRobert Kron LW 81 16 20 36 12 -8 4 0 2
Chiasson, SteveSteve Chiasson D 66 7 27 34 65 -2 6 0 0
Gelinas, MartinMartin Gelinas LW 40 12 14 26 30 1 2 1 4
Wesley, GlenGlen Wesley D 82 6 19 25 36 7 1 0 1
Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen RW 54 7 16 23 105 -7 0 0 1
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 40 7 10 17 14 -4 2 0 0
Ranheim, PaulPaul Ranheim LW 73 5 9 14 28 -11 0 1 2
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 32 3 10 13 16 -1 3 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 73 2 10 12 45 -2 1 0 1
Burt, AdamAdam Burt D 76 1 11 12 106 -6 0 1 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 45 4 5 9 42 -19 1 1 2
Manderville, KentKent Manderville C 77 4 4 8 31 -6 0 0 0
Haller, KevinKevin Haller D 65 3 5 8 94 -5 0 0 0
Grimson, StuStu Grimson LW 82 3 4 7 204 0 0 0 1
Sheppard, RayRay Sheppard RW 10 4 2 6 2 2 2 0 1
Battaglia, BatesBates Battaglia LW 33 2 4 6 10 -1 0 0 1
Rice, StevenSteven Rice RW 47 2 4 6 38 -16 0 0 0
Hill, SeanSean Hill D 42 0 5 5 48 -2 0 0 0
Ciccone, EnricoEnrico Ciccone D 14 0 3 3 83 3 0 0 0
Halko, StevenSteven Halko D 18 0 2 2 10 -1 0 0 0
Pratt, NolanNolan Pratt D 23 0 2 2 44 -2 0 0 0
Burke, SeanSean Burke G 25 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 0
McLean, KirkKirk McLean G 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Murray, ChrisChris Murray RW 7 0 1 1 22 2 0 0 0
Rucinski, MikeMike Rucinski D 9 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Brown, KevinKevin Brown RW 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Daniels, JeffJeff Daniels LW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fountain, MikeMike Fountain G 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kidd, TrevorTrevor Kidd G 47 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Martins, SteveSteve Martins C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Kidd, TrevorTrevor Kidd 2685 47 21 21 3 97 2.17 3 1237 1140 .922
Burke, SeanSean Burke 1415 25 7 11 5 66 2.80 1 655 589 .899
McLean, KirkKirk McLean 401 8 4 2 0 22 3.29 0 181 159 .878
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 279 5 1 4 0 14 3.01 0 115 101 .878
Fountain, MikeMike Fountain 163 3 0 3 0 10 3.68 0 68 58 .853
Team: 4943 82 33 41 8 209 2.54 4 2256 2047 .907

[5]

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]

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey League[edit]

The Beast of New Haven are the Hurricanes American Hockey League affiliate for the 1998–99 AHL season.

Roster[edit]

1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Average Attendance since 1989-90". Andrew's Dallas Stars Page. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Callaghan, Gerry. "Natural Disaster." Sports Illustrated, October 27, 1997; Web article retrieved November 19, 2008.
  3. ^ Burnside, Scott. "Karmanos: Hard-nosed owner, die-hard hockey fan." ESPN.com, June 6, 2008; Web article retrieved February 14, 2009.
  4. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009-10, p.426, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6

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