1977–78 Atlanta Flames season

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1977–78 Atlanta Flames
Division 3rd Patrick
1977–78 record 34–27–19
Goals for 274
Goals against 252
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Fred Creighton
Captain Tom Lysiak
Alternate captains None
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Bob MacMillan (31)
Assists Tom Lysiak (42)
Points Tom Lysiak (69)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (171)
Wins Dan Bouchard (25)
Goals against average Dan Bouchard (2.75)

The 1977–78 Atlanta Flames season was the sixth season for the franchise.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 48 17 15 334 210 111
Philadelphia Flyers 80 45 20 15 296 200 105
Atlanta Flames 80 34 27 19 274 252 87
New York Rangers 80 30 37 13 279 280 73

[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[2][edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
1 T October 13, 1977 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 0–0–1 9,423
2 W October 15, 1977 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 1–0–1 11,756
3 W October 19, 1977 5–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 2–0–1 8,559
4 T October 21, 1977 3–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 2–0–2 11,948
5 L October 22, 1977 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 2–1–2 8,030
6 T October 25, 1977 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 2–1–3 9,359
7 L October 26, 1977 2–6 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 2–2–3 8,247
8 W October 29, 1977 4–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 3–2–3 11,872
9 L November 1, 1977 0–9 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 3–3–3 14,702
10 T November 2, 1977 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 3–3–4 15,358
11 W November 4, 1977 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 4–3–4 11,528
12 T November 6, 1977 3–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 4–3–5 11,224
13 L November 9, 1977 0–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 4–4–5 9,241
14 L November 12, 1977 3–6 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 4–5–5 13,678
15 W November 13, 1977 5–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 5–5–5 17,500
16 L November 16, 1977 2–6 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 5–6–5 8,659
17 W November 18, 1977 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 6–6–5 10,192
18 L November 20, 1977 0–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 6–7–5 17,077
19 W November 22, 1977 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 7–7–5 8,147
20 T November 23, 1977 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 7–7–6 8,711
21 T November 26, 1977 4–4 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 7–7–7 13,473
22 L November 29, 1977 3–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 7–8–7 6,296
23 L December 2, 1977 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–9–7 N/A
24 L December 3, 1977 1–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 7–10–7 11,168
25 T December 5, 1977 2–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 7–10–8 15,109
26 T December 7, 1977 2–2 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 7–10–9 7,795
27 W December 10, 1977 5–1 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 8–10–9 7,942
28 W December 11, 1977 5–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 9–10–9 7,387
29 L December 15, 1977 3–6 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 9–11–9 7,829
30 L December 17, 1977 3–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 9–12–9 12,171
31 L December 18, 1977 0–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 9–13–9 8,856
32 T December 20, 1977 2–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 9–13–10 14,350
33 W December 23, 1977 6–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 10–13–10 5,023
34 L December 27, 1977 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 10–14–10 10,857
35 W December 29, 1977 5–4 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 11–14–10 10,701
36 W December 31, 1977 3–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 12–14–10 16,485
37 T January 1, 1978 2–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 12–14–11 16,433
38 L January 4, 1978 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 12–15–11 10,287
39 W January 6, 1978 5–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 13–15–11 13,051
40 W January 9, 1978 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 14–15–11 16,485
41 W January 11, 1978 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 15–15–11 7,264
42 L January 14, 1978 4–8 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 15–16–11 11,114
43 L January 16, 1978 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 15–17–11 17,077
44 W January 18, 1978 1–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 16–17–11 7,942
45 W January 20, 1978 5–3 New York Rangers (1977–78) 17–17–11 14,097
46 W January 22, 1978 4–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 18–17–11 7,744
47 L January 26, 1978 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 18–18–11 10,954
48 L January 28, 1978 5–7 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 18–19–11 12,982
49 W January 29, 1978 6–2 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 19–19–11 3,321
50 W January 31, 1978 7–4 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 20–19–11 7,163
51 L February 2, 1978 2–5 New York Islanders (1977–78) 20–20–11 9,079
52 T February 4, 1978 2–2 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 20–20–12 10,377
53 W February 7, 1978 4–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 21–20–12 N/A
54 W February 9, 1978 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 22–20–12 10,045
55 L February 10, 1978 2–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 22–21–12 8,852
56 T February 12, 1978 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 22–21–13 13,582
57 T February 15, 1978 5–5 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 22–21–14 2,696
58 L February 16, 1978 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–22–14 12,215
59 T February 18, 1978 3–3 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 22–22–15 15,317
60 T February 22, 1978 3–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 22–22–16 11,106
61 T February 25, 1978 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 22–22–17 13,124
62 W February 27, 1978 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 23–22–17 17,500
63 L March 1, 1978 3–4 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 23–23–17 8,294
64 L March 2, 1978 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 23–24–17 11,544
65 W March 4, 1978 9–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 24–24–17 10,014
66 L March 7, 1978 3–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 24–25–17 17,077
67 W March 8, 1978 8–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 25–25–17 7,224
68 W March 11, 1978 4–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 26–25–17 13,174
69 T March 14, 1978 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 26–25–18 5,522
70 W March 15, 1978 6–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 27–25–18 9,950
71 W March 18, 1978 5–2 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 28–25–18 15,317
72 L March 22, 1978 1–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 28–26–18 13,874
73 W March 23, 1978 5–3 St. Louis Blues (1977–78) 29–26–18 9,228
74 W March 25, 1978 6–3 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 30–26–18 14,883
75 W March 29, 1978 7–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 31–26–18 11,485
76 W April 1, 1978 6–0 New York Rangers (1977–78) 32–26–18 8,242
77 W April 2, 1978 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 33–26–18 16,433
78 W April 5, 1978 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 34–26–18 17,500
79 T April 8, 1978 1–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 34–26–19 15,155
80 L April 9, 1978 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 34–27–19 12,563

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Tom Lysiak 12 80 27 42 69 54 2 1 0 1 2
Guy Chouinard 16 73 28 30 58 8 2 1 0 1 0
Eric Vail 27 79 22 36 58 16 2 1 1 2 0
Harold Phillipoff 24 67 17 36 53 128 2 0 1 1 2
Bob MacMillan 11 52 31 21 52 26 2 0 2 2 0
Bill Clement 10 70 20 30 50 34 2 0 0 0 2
John Gould 21 79 19 28 47 21 2 0 0 0 2
Willi Plett 25 78 22 21 43 171 - - - - -
Ken Houston 6 74 22 16 38 51 2 0 0 0 0
Bobby Lalonde 7 73 14 23 37 28 1 1 0 1 0
Rey Comeau 18 79 10 22 32 20 2 0 0 0 0
Richard Mulhern 4 79 9 23 32 47 2 0 1 1 0
Ed Kea 19 60 3 23 26 40 1 0 0 0 0
Dave Shand 8 80 2 23 25 94 2 0 0 0 4
Miles Zaharko 23 71 1 19 20 26 1 0 0 0 0
Bobby Simpson 22 55 10 8 18 49 2 0 0 0 2
Dick Redmond 5 42 7 11 18 16 2 1 0 1 0
Pat Ribble 3 80 5 12 17 68 2 0 1 1 2
Curt Bennett 5 25 3 7 10 10 - - - - -
Barry Gibbs 2 27 1 5 6 24 - - - - -
Greg Fox 2 16 1 2 3 25 2 0 1 1 8
Dan Bouchard 30 58 0 3 3 6 2
Tim Ecclestone 14 11 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
Yves Belanger 31 17 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
Phil Myre 1 9 0 0 0 2 - - - - -

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

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Dan Bouchard 30 58 3340 25 12 19 153 2 2.75 2 120 0 2 7 0 3.50
Yves Belanger 31 17 937 7 8 0 55 1 3.52 - - - - - - -.--
Phil Myre 1 9 523 2 7 0 43 0 4.93 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1977–78 season.

Trades[edit]

May 23, 1977 To Atlanta Flames
Ab DeMarco, Jr.
To Los Angeles Kings
Randy Manery
August 18, 1977 To Atlanta Flames
Cash
To Detroit Red Wings
Rick Bowness
December 12, 1977 To Atlanta Flames
Yves Belanger
Bob MacMillan
Dick Redmond
2nd round pick in 1979 (Mike Perovich)
To St. Louis Blues
Curt Bennett
Barry Gibbs
Phil Myre

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
C Bobby Lalonde Vancouver Canucks
Player New team
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Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
2 20. Miles Zaharko (D)  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WCHL)
2 28. Don Laurence (C)  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHA)
2 31. Brian Hill (RW)  Canada Medicine Hat Tigers (WCHL)
4 72. Jim Craig (G)  United States Boston University (NCAA)
5 82. Curtis Christopherson (D)  United States Colorado College (NCAA)
6 100. Bernie Harbec (C)  Canada Laval National (QMJHL)
7 118. Bobby Gould (RW)  Canada University of New Hampshire (NCAA)
8 133. Jim Bennett (RW)  United States Brown University (NCAA)
9 148. Tim Harrer (RW)  United States University of Minnesota (NCAA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/team_results.php?tid=235&sid=1978