1977–78 St. Louis Blues season

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1977–78 St. Louis Blues
Division 4th Smythe
1977–78 record 20–47–13
Goals for 195
Goals against 304
Team information
General Manager Emile Francis
Coach Leo Boivin
Captain Red Berenson
Alternate captains None
Team leaders
<1976–77 1978–79>

The 1977–78 St. Louis Blues season was the 11th for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to the season, the team's founders, Sid Salomon, Jr. and Sid Salomon III, sold the team to pet food giant Ralston Purina, and the St. Louis Arena became the Checkerdome. The Blues finished the season with a record of 20 wins, 47 losses and 13 ties for 53 points, and finished out of the playoffs for only the second time in team history.

Off-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 32 29 19 230 220 83
Colorado Rockies 80 19 40 21 257 305 59
Vancouver Canucks 80 20 43 17 239 320 57
St. Louis Blues 80 20 47 13 195 304 53
Minnesota North Stars 80 18 53 9 218 325 45

[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]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 12, 1977 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 0–1–0
2 L October 15, 1977 1–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 0–2–0
3 L October 16, 1977 0–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 0–3–0
4 L October 19, 1977 3–7 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 0–4–0
5 L October 22, 1977 2–3 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 0–5–0
6 L October 23, 1977 0–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 0–6–0
7 T October 25, 1977 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 0–6–1
8 L October 26, 1977 2–6 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 0–7–1
9 L October 29, 1977 3–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 0–8–1
10 W November 1, 1977 7–2 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 1–8–1
11 T November 2, 1977 4–4 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 1–8–2
12 L November 5, 1977 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 1–9–2
13 L November 6, 1977 4–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 1–10–2
14 W November 9, 1977 8–6 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 2–10–2
15 W November 11, 1977 2–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 3–10–2
16 W November 12, 1977 3–1 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 4–10–2
17 T November 15, 1977 2–2 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 4–10–3
18 L November 16, 1977 1–10 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 4–11–3
19 L November 19, 1977 1–2 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 4–12–3
20 L November 23, 1977 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 4–13–3
21 W November 26, 1977 2–1 @ Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 5–13–3
22 L November 27, 1977 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 5–14–3
23 L November 30, 1977 0–4 New York Rangers (1977–78) 5–15–3
24 L December 3, 1977 2–7 New York Islanders (1977–78) 5–16–3
25 L December 6, 1977 1–6 Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 5–17–3
26 L December 8, 1977 1–8 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 5–18–3
27 W December 10, 1977 6–4 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 6–18–3
28 L December 11, 1977 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 6–19–3
29 W December 14, 1977 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 7–19–3
30 L December 17, 1977 2–3 Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 7–20–3
31 T December 19, 1977 4–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 7–20–4
32 L December 21, 1977 2–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 7–21–4
33 L December 22, 1977 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 7–22–4
34 L December 27, 1977 0–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 7–23–4
35 L December 29, 1977 4–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 7–24–4
36 W December 31, 1977 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 8–24–4
37 L January 3, 1978 0–2 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 8–25–4
38 T January 7, 1978 0–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 8–25–5
39 W January 8, 1978 3–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 9–25–5
40 L January 11, 1978 4–6 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 9–26–5
41 W January 13, 1978 2–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 10–26–5
42 W January 14, 1978 5–2 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 11–26–5
43 T January 17, 1978 2–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 11–26–6
44 L January 19, 1978 0–3 New York Islanders (1977–78) 11–27–6
45 L January 21, 1978 1–3 Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 11–28–6
46 L January 22, 1978 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 11–29–6
47 L January 26, 1978 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 11–30–6
48 L January 28, 1978 3–8 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 11–31–6
49 L February 1, 1978 3–5 Boston Bruins (1977–78) 11–32–6
50 T February 4, 1978 2–2 New York Rangers (1977–78) 11–32–7
51 L February 6, 1978 0–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 11–33–7
52 L February 8, 1978 4–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1977–78) 11–34–7
53 L February 11, 1978 3–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 11–35–7
54 L February 15, 1978 2–6 Montreal Canadiens (1977–78) 11–36–7
55 W February 18, 1978 4–3 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 12–36–7
56 L February 19, 1978 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1977–78) 12–37–7
57 L February 21, 1978 4–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 12–38–7
58 T February 22, 1978 2–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1977–78) 12–38–8
59 T February 25, 1978 5–5 Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 12–38–9
60 W February 26, 1978 3–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1977–78) 13–38–9
61 W February 28, 1978 7–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 14–38–9
62 W March 1, 1978 3–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 15–38–9
63 T March 4, 1978 3–3 Washington Capitals (1977–78) 15–38–10
64 L March 5, 1978 1–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1977–78) 15–39–10
65 L March 7, 1978 2–7 @ Boston Bruins (1977–78) 15–40–10
66 L March 9, 1978 3–6 New York Islanders (1977–78) 15–41–10
67 T March 11, 1978 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1977–78) 15–41–11
68 T March 14, 1978 3–3 @ New York Islanders (1977–78) 15–41–12
69 L March 15, 1978 2–6 Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 15–42–12
70 W March 18, 1978 5–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 16–42–12
71 W March 19, 1978 3–2 @ Washington Capitals (1977–78) 17–42–12
72 L March 22, 1978 1–6 New York Rangers (1977–78) 17–43–12
73 L March 23, 1978 3–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1977–78) 17–44–12
74 T March 25, 1978 2–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1977–78) 17–44–13
75 L March 27, 1978 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1977–78) 17–45–13
76 W March 29, 1978 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 18–45–13
77 W April 1, 1978 3–1 Cleveland Barons (1977–78) 19–45–13
78 L April 4, 1978 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1977–78) 19–46–13
79 W April 5, 1978 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1977–78) 20–46–13
80 L April 8, 1978 2–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1977–78) 20–47–13

Playoffs[edit]

The Blues did not make the playoffs for the first time since the 1973-74 season.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Unger, GarryGarry Unger C 80 32 20 52 66 -35 10 0 5
Federko, BernieBernie Federko C 72 17 24 41 27 -35 4 0 1
Hammarstrom, IngeInge Hammarstrom LW 70 19 19 38 4 -21 3 0 2
Berenson, RedRed Berenson C 80 13 25 38 12 -20 0 1 2
Patey, LarryLarry Patey C 80 17 17 34 29 -20 3 0 3
Fairbairn, BillBill Fairbairn RW 60 14 16 30 10 -23 2 1 1
Bennett, CurtCurt Bennett LW 50 7 17 24 54 -22 1 0 1
Sutter, BrianBrian Sutter LW 78 9 13 22 123 -38 4 0 1
Larose, ClaudeClaude Larose RW 69 8 13 21 20 -19 2 0 0
MacMillan, BobBob MacMillan RW 28 7 12 19 23 -11 3 0 0
Gibbs, BarryBarry Gibbs D 51 6 12 18 45 -11 4 0 0
Affleck, BruceBruce Affleck D 75 4 14 18 26 -56 0 0 1
Brownschidle, JackJack Brownschidle D 40 2 15 17 23 -11 1 0 0
Redmond, DickDick Redmond D 28 4 11 15 16 -14 2 0 0
Ogilvie, BrianBrian Ogilvie C 32 6 8 14 12 -12 3 0 0
Roberts, JimJim Roberts D/RW 75 4 10 14 39 -20 0 0 1
Hess, BobBob Hess D 55 2 12 14 16 0 0 0 0
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 78 1 11 12 40 -48 0 0 0
Holt, GaryGary Holt LW 49 7 4 11 81 -6 0 0 1
Bourbonnais, RickRick Bourbonnais RW 31 3 7 10 11 -12 1 0 0
Komadoski, NeilNeil Komadoski D 33 2 8 10 73 -29 0 0 0
Currie, TonyTony Currie RW 22 4 5 9 4 -10 1 0 0
Richardson, KenKen Richardson C 12 2 5 7 2 4 0 0 0
Smrke, JohnJohn Smrke LW 18 2 4 6 11 -7 0 0 0
Frig, LenLen Frig D 30 1 3 4 45 -13 0 0 1
Thomson, FloydFloyd Thomson LW 6 1 1 2 4 -3 0 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 9 0 2 2 5 -6 0 0 0
Myre, PhilPhil Myre G 44 0 2 2 10 0 0 0 0
Palazzari, DougDoug Palazzari C 3 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Belanger, YvesYves Belanger G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grant, DougDoug Grant G 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston G 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Plager, BobBob Plager D 18 0 0 0 4 -8 0 0 0
Staniowski, EdEd Staniowski G 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Myre, PhilPhil Myre 2620 44 11 25 8 159 3.64 1
Johnston, EddieEddie Johnston 650 12 5 6 1 45 4.15 0
Grant, DougDoug Grant 500 9 3 3 2 24 2.88 0
Staniowski, EdEd Staniowski 886 17 1 10 2 57 3.86 0
Belanger, YvesYves Belanger 144 3 0 3 0 15 6.25 0
Team: 4800 80 20 47 13 300 3.75 1

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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]

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 St. Louis Blues Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 

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