1997–98 New York Rangers season

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1997–98 New York Rangers
Division 5th Atlantic
Conference 11th Eastern
1997–98 record 25–39–18
Goals for 197
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager Neil Smith
Coach Colin Campbell
John Muckler
Captain Brian Leetch
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Wayne Gretzky/Alexei Kovalev/Pat LaFontaine/Brian Leetch (23)
Assists Wayne Gretzky (67)
Points Wayne Gretzky (90)
Penalties in minutes Darren Langdon (197)
Wins Mike Richter (21)
Goals against average Dan Cloutier (2.50)
<1996–97 1998–99>

The 1997–98 New York Rangers season was the 72nd season for the team in the National Hockey League. The Rangers posted a 25–39–18 record in the regular season and finished in fifth place in the Atlantic Division.[1] New York missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1992–93 season.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The Rangers were the only team in the league not to score a short-handed goal.[3]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
3 Washington Capitals 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
4 New York Islanders 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
5 New York Rangers 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
6 Florida Panthers 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
7 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 17 55 10 151 269 44
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]

1997-98 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

The Rangers failed to qualify for the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs, missing the playoffs for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994.[5]

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SA SV% SO
Richter, MikeMike Richter 72 4143 21 31 15 184 2.66 2072 .903 0
Cloutier, DanDan Cloutier 12 551 4 5 1 23 2.50 271 .907 0
Muzzatti, JasonJason Muzzatti 6 313 0 3 2 17 3.26 173 .891 0

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

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Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Civic Arena.[7][8]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 19 Stefan Cherneski RW  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
2 46 Wes Jarvis D  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
3 73 Burke Henry D  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 93 Tomi Kallarsson D  Finland HPK Junior (Finland)
5 126 Jason McLean G  Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
5 134 Johan Lindbom RW  Sweden HV71 Jonkoping (SEL)
6 136 Mike York C  United States Michigan State University (NCAA)
6 154 Shawn Degagne G  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7 175 Johan Holmqvist G  Sweden Brynas IF (SEL)
7 182 Mike Mottau D  United States Boston College (NCAA)
8 210 Andrew Proskurnicki LW  Canada Sarnia Sting (OHL)
9 236 Richard Miller D  United States Providence College (NCAA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1997–98 New York Rangers Roster and Statistics". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ Sandomir, Richard (1998-04-08). "Hockey; For Garden, No Playoffs Means No Payoff". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  3. ^ "1997–98 NHL Season Summary". Hockey Reference. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  4. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "New York Rangers Franchise Index". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved 2011-07-02. 
  6. ^ "1997-98 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  7. ^ "1997 NHL Entry Draft". Hockey-Reference. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  8. ^ "NHL Draft History". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-07-14.