1977–78 New York Rangers season

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1977–78 New York Rangers
Division 4th Patrick
Conference 5th Campbell
1977–78 record 30–37–13
Goals for 279
Goals against 280
Team information
General Manager John Ferguson
Coach Jean-Guy Talbot
Captain Phil Esposito
Alternate captains None
Arena Madison Square Garden
Team leaders
Goals Pat Hickey (40)
Assists Ron Greschner (48)
Points Phil Esposito (81)
Penalties in minutes Carol Vadnais (115)
Wins John Davidson (14)

The 1977–78 New York Rangers season was the 52nd season of the New York Rangers franchise. The Rangers slipped to last in the Patrick but qualified for the playoffs by having one of the top twelve records in the league. The Rangers lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Offseason[edit]

The Rangers hired Jean-Guy Talbot as their new head coach. It would be his only season as head coach of the Rangers.

Regular season[edit]

Season 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[edit]

1977–78 Game Log

Playoffs[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

1978 Stanley Cup playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP TOI W L T GA GAA SO
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 41 2352 12 20 7 141 3.60 4
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 34 1848 14 13 4 98 3.18 1
Soetaert, DougDoug Soetaert 6 360 2 2 2 20 3.33 0
Astrom, HardyHardy Astrom 4 240 2 2 0 14 3.50 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SO
Davidson, JohnJohn Davidson 2 122 1 1 7 3.44 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 1 60 0 1 4 4.00 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.

[2]

Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

New York's picks at the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 8 Lucien DeBlois RW  Canada Sorel Black Hawks (QMJHL)
1 13 Ron Duguay C  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)
2 26 Mike Keating LW  Canada St. Catharines Fincups (OHA)
3 44 Steve Baker G  United States Union College (NCAA)
4 62 Mario Marois D  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
5 80 Benoit Gosselin LW  Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
6 98 John Bethel LW  Canada Boston University (NCAA)
7 116 Bob Sullivan LW  Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
8 131 Lance Nethery C  Canada Cornell University (NCAA)
9 146 Alex Jeans C  Canada University of Toronto (CIAU)
10 157 Pete Raps LW  Canada Western Michigan University (NCAA)
11 164 Mike Brown RW  United States Western Michigan University (NCAA)
12 171 Mark Miller LW  Canada University of Michigan (NCAA)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1977–78 New York Rangers". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  3. ^ Collins gem Hockey Facts and Stats 2009–10, p.425, Andrew Podnieks, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ISBN 978-1-55468-621-6