1978–79 Atlanta Flames season

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1978–79 Atlanta Flames
Division 4th Patrick
1978–79 record 41–31–8
Goals for 327
Goals against 280
Team information
General Manager Cliff Fletcher
Coach Fred Creighton
Captain Tom Lysiak
Alternate captains None
Arena Omni Coliseum
Team leaders
Goals Guy Chouinard (50)
Assists Bob MacMillan (71)
Points Bob MacMillan (108)
Penalties in minutes Willi Plett (213)
Wins Dan Bouchard (32)
Goals against average Reggie Lemelin (3.32)

The 1978–79 Atlanta Flames season was the seventh season for the franchise.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Patrick Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
New York Islanders 80 51 15 14 358 214 116
Philadelphia Flyers 80 40 25 15 281 248 95
New York Rangers 80 40 29 11 316 292 91
Atlanta Flames 80 41 31 8 327 280 90

Schedule and results[1][edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Record
1 T October 11, 1978 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 0–0–1 9,107
2 T October 13, 1978 3–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 0–0–2 13,062
3 W October 14, 1978 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 1–0–2 9,243
4 W October 17, 1978 8–2 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 2–0–2 6,127
5 W October 20, 1978 7–5 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 3–0–2 12,611
6 W October 22, 1978 5–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–0–2 17,077
7 W October 24, 1978 7–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–0–2 8,526
8 W October 27, 1978 8–5 New York Islanders (1978–79) 6–0–2 15,061
9 W October 28, 1978 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 7–0–2 10,504
10 W October 31, 1978 5–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 8–0–2 9,636
11 W November 1, 1978 3–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 9–0–2 13,136
12 W November 3, 1978 2–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 10–0–2 14,169
13 L November 4, 1978 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 10–1–2 17,230
14 W November 7, 1978 4–2 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 11–1–2 9,581
15 W November 10, 1978 5–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 12–1–2 14,811
16 L November 11, 1978 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 12–2–2 14,995
17 L November 14, 1978 7–8 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 12–3–2 6,149
18 W November 15, 1978 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 13–3–2 9,157
19 L November 17, 1978 2–6 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 13–4–2 15,155
20 W November 19, 1978 3–1 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 14–4–2 17,409
21 L November 21, 1978 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 14–5–2 9,642
22 W November 24, 1978 4–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 15–5–2 15,017
23 L November 26, 1978 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 15–6–2 13,961
24 L November 29, 1978 3–5 New York Rangers (1978–79) 15–7–2 10,247
25 L December 1, 1978 3–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 15–8–2 9,419
26 L December 2, 1978 3–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 15–9–2 8,561
27 L December 5, 1978 0–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 15–10–2 14,151
28 W December 8, 1978 4–3 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 16–10–2 4,897
29 L December 9, 1978 1–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 16–11–2 10,009
30 T December 13, 1978 5–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 16–11–3 15,023
31 W December 14, 1978 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 17–11–3 7,242
32 W December 16, 1978 7–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 18–11–3 12,384
33 L December 19, 1978 4–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 18–12–3 7,337
34 L December 21, 1978 4–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 18–13–3 16,433
35 W December 22, 1978 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 19–13–3 9,422
36 L December 26, 1978 3–5 New York Rangers (1978–79) 19–14–3 10,546
37 L December 28, 1978 4–10 New York Islanders (1978–79) 19–15–3 12,377
38 L December 30, 1978 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 19–16–3 14,995
39 W December 31, 1978 6–5 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 20–16–3 17,390
40 W January 3, 1979 4–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 21–16–3 16,485
41 T January 5, 1979 3–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 21–16–4 11,463
42 W January 9, 1979 5–3 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 22–16–4 9,062
43 L January 12, 1979 1–4 New York Islanders (1978–79) 22–17–4 13,147
44 L January 14, 1979 4–6 New York Rangers (1978–79) 22–18–4 9,522
45 W January 16, 1979 5–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 23–18–4 9,198
46 W January 19, 1979 6–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 24–18–4 10,389
47 W January 20, 1979 4–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 25–18–4 14,748
48 L January 22, 1979 1–3 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 25–19–4 13,064
49 L January 25, 1979 0–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 25–20–4 17,029
50 W January 26, 1979 4–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 26–20–4 12,042
51 W January 28, 1979 7–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 27–20–4 10,147
52 W January 31, 1979 5–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 28–20–4 16,433
53 W February 1, 1979 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 29–20–4 8,931
54 L February 3, 1979 2–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 29–21–4 14,247
55 L February 4, 1979 4–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 29–22–4 17,077
56 T February 14, 1979 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 29–22–5 7,674
57 W February 17, 1979 5–1 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 30–22–5 7,675
58 W February 18, 1979 6–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 31–22–5 11,284
59 W February 20, 1979 5–3 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 32–22–5 8,837
60 T February 23, 1979 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 32–22–6 13,185
61 W February 24, 1979 6–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 33–22–6 15,086
62 W February 28, 1979 6–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1978–79) 34–22–6 16,485
63 W March 2, 1979 3–2 New York Islanders (1978–79) 35–22–6 14,620
64 L March 3, 1979 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 35–23–6 14,995
65 W March 8, 1979 7–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 36–23–6 11,709
66 T March 10, 1979 5–5 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 36–23–7 13,622
67 L March 11, 1979 4–9 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 36–24–7 16,433
68 W March 14, 1979 6–4 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 37–24–7 17,405
69 L March 15, 1979 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 37–25–7 17,077
70 L March 18, 1979 1–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 37–26–7 12,962
71 L March 20, 1979 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 37–27–7 9,792
72 L March 23, 1979 1–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 37–28–7 15,155
73 W March 25, 1979 8–2 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 38–28–7 9,343
74 L March 27, 1979 4–6 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 38–29–7 11,592
75 W March 30, 1979 5–3 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 39–29–7 10,292
76 W April 1, 1979 7–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 40–29–7 13,798
77 L April 3, 1979 2–3 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 40–30–7 14,995
78 T April 4, 1979 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 40–30–8 17,414
79 W April 6, 1979 9–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 41–30–8 13,455
80 L April 8, 1979 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 41–31–8 17,077

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player # GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Bob MacMillan 11 79 37 71 108 14 2 0 1 1 0
Guy Chouinard 16 80 50 57 107 14 2 1 2 3 0
Eric Vail 27 80 35 48 83 53 2 0 1 1 2
Jean Pronovost 9 75 28 39 67 30 2 2 0 2 0
Tom Lysiak 12 52 23 35 58 36 - - - - -
Bobby Lalonde 7 78 24 32 56 36 2 1 0 1 0
Ken Houston 6 80 21 31 52 135 1 0 0 0 16
Willi Plett 25 74 23 20 43 213 2 1 0 1 29
Bill Clement 10 65 12 23 35 14 2 0 0 0 0
Red Laurence 17 59 14 20 34 6 - - - - -
Harold Phillipoff 24 51 9 17 26 113 - - - - -
Dave Shand 8 79 4 22 26 64 2 0 0 0 20
Ed Kea 19 53 6 18 24 40 2 0 0 0 0
Pat Ribble 3 66 5 16 21 69 - - - - -
Brad Marsh 5 80 0 19 19 101 2 0 0 0 17
Bob Murdoch 20 35 5 11 16 24 2 0 0 0 4
John Gould 21 61 8 7 15 18 2 0 0 0 0
Richard Mulhern 4 37 3 12 15 22 - - - - -
Darcy Rota 18 13 9 5 14 21 2 0 1 1 26
Ivan Boldirev 12 13 6 8 14 6 2 0 2 2 2
Greg Fox 2 64 0 12 12 70 - - - - -
Gene Carr 14 30 3 8 11 6 1 0 0 0
Phil Russell 2 13 1 6 7 28 2 0 0 0 9
Rod Seiling 15 36 0 4 4 12 2 0 0 0 0
Dan Bouchard 30 64 0 3 3 17 2 0 0 0 4
Gerry O'Flaherty 18 1 1 0 1 2 - - - - -
Yves Belanger 31 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Reggie Lemelin 1 18 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 1 0

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
Reggie Lemelin 1 18 994 8 8 1 55 0 3.32 1 20 0 0 0 0 0.00
Dan Bouchard 30 64 3624 32 21 7 201 3 3.33 2 100 0 2 9 0 5.40
Yves Belanger 31 5 182 1 2 0 21 0 6.92 - - - - - - -.--

Transactions[edit]

The Flames were involved in the following transactions during the 1978–79 season.

Trades[edit]

September 6, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Gregg Sheppard
To Boston Bruins
Dick Redmond
September 6, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Jean Pronovost
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Gregg Sheppard
October 10, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Gerry O'Flaherty
To Minnesota North Stars
Cash
November 4, 1978 To Atlanta Flames
Rod Seiling
To St. Louis Blues
Cash
January 16, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Bob Murdoch
2nd round pick in 1980 (Tony Curtale)
To Los Angeles Kings
Richard Mulhern
2nd round pick in 1980 (Dave Morrison)
March 13, 1979 To Atlanta Flames
Ivan Boldirev
Darcy Rota
Phil Russell
To Chicago Black Hawks
Greg Fox
Tom Lysiak
Harold Phillipoff
Pat Ribble
Miles Zaharko

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
C Gene Carr Pittsburgh Penguins
G Reggie Lemelin Philadelphia Flyers
Player New team
C Rey Comeau Colorado Rockies
D Ab DeMarco, Jr. Boston Bruins
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Draft picks[edit]

Bernhardt Engelbrecht was the first German player selected in the NHL Draft. The Flames selected him in the 12th round.[2]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 11. Brad Marsh (D)  Canada London Knights (OHA)
3 47. Tim Bernhardt (G)  Canada Cornwall Royals (OHA)
4 64. Jim MacRae (F)  Canada London Knights (OHA)
5 80. Gord Wappel (D)  Canada Regina Pats (WCHL)
6 97. Greg Meredith (D)  Canada University of Notre Dame (NCAA)
7 114. Dave Hindmarch (C)  Canada University of Alberta (CIAU)
8 131. Dave Morrison (RW)  Canada Calgary Wranglers (WCHL)
9 148. Doug Todd (RW)  Canada University of Michigan (NCAA)
10 165. Mark Green (C)  United States Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL)
11 180. Bob Sullivan (LW)  Canada Toledo Goaldiggers (IHL)
12 196. Bernhardt Engelbrecht (G)  West Germany Landshut EV (Bundesliga)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/team_results.php?tid=235&sid=1978
  2. ^ Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.46, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9