1979–80 Detroit Red Wings season

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The 1979-80 season was the first season that the Red Wings played at their at the time newly-built arena, the Joe Louis Arena.

1979–80 Detroit Red Wings
Division5th Norris
1979–80 record26–43–11
Goals for268
Goals against306
Team information
General ManagerTed Lindsay
CoachBobby Kromm,
Ted Lindsay
CaptainDale McCourt
Alternate captainsNone
ArenaDetroit Olympia
(Oct-Dec)
Joe Louis Arena
(Dec-Apr)

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 20 13 328 240 107
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 36 14 290 313 74
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 30 37 13 251 303 73
Hartford Whalers 80 27 34 19 303 312 73
Detroit Red Wings 80 26 43 11 268 306 63

[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 T October 10, 1979 4–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 0–0–1
2 L October 12, 1979 1–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 0–1–1
3 T October 13, 1979 3–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 0–1–2
4 W October 17, 1979 5–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 1–1–2
5 L October 20, 1979 3–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 1–2–2
6 W October 25, 1979 4–0 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 2–2–2
7 L October 27, 1979 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 2–3–2
8 L October 28, 1979 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 2–4–2
9 L October 31, 1979 3–5 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 2–5–2
10 W November 3, 1979 2–0 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 3–5–2
11 L November 4, 1979 1–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 3–6–2
12 W November 7, 1979 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 4–6–2
13 L November 10, 1979 1–2 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 4–7–2
14 L November 14, 1979 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 4–8–2
15 W November 16, 1979 4–2 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 5–8–2
16 W November 17, 1979 5–4 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 6–8–2
17 L November 21, 1979 1–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 6–9–2
18 L November 23, 1979 2–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 6–10–2
19 T November 24, 1979 3–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 6–10–3
20 T November 27, 1979 5–5 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 6–10–4
21 W December 1, 1979 6–3 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 7–10–4
22 T December 2, 1979 4–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 7–10–5
23 W December 5, 1979 6–4 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 8–10–5
24 W December 8, 1979 5–1 Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 9–10–5
25 L December 10, 1979 0–4 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 9–11–5
26 L December 11, 1979 1–2 New York Rangers (1979–80) 9–12–5
27 T December 13, 1979 6–6 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 9–12–6
28 T December 15, 1979 4–4 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 9–12–7
29 L December 16, 1979 3–7 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 9–13–7
30 W December 19, 1979 6–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 10–13–7
31 L December 22, 1979 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 10–14–7
32 L December 26, 1979 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 10–15–7
33 L December 27, 1979 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 10–16–7
34 W December 30, 1979 4–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 11–16–7
35 L December 31, 1979 3–5 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 11–17–7
36 L January 2, 1980 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 11–18–7
37 W January 4, 1980 6–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 12–18–7
38 W January 6, 1980 2–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 13–18–7
39 W January 9, 1980 4–0 New York Rangers (1979–80) 14–18–7
40 L January 12, 1980 4–6 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 14–19–7
41 L January 13, 1980 2–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 14–20–7
42 W January 16, 1980 5–1 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 15–20–7
43 W January 18, 1980 5–0 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 16–20–7
44 W January 19, 1980 5–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 17–20–7
45 L January 23, 1980 3–5 New York Islanders (1979–80) 17–21–7
46 L January 26, 1980 3–4 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 17–22–7
47 W January 27, 1980 7–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 18–22–7
48 L January 30, 1980 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 18–23–7
49 W January 31, 1980 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 19–23–7
50 W February 2, 1980 3–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 20–23–7
51 L February 3, 1980 2–4 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 20–24–7
52 T February 6, 1980 2–2 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 20–24–8
53 L February 9, 1980 5–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 20–25–8
54 L February 10, 1980 1–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 20–26–8
55 T February 13, 1980 2–2 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 20–26–9
56 L February 16, 1980 3–4 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 20–27–9
57 L February 18, 1980 2–4 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 20–28–9
58 L February 20, 1980 5–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 20–29–9
59 L February 23, 1980 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 20–30–9
60 W February 24, 1980 7–5 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 21–30–9
61 W February 28, 1980 4–1 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 22–30–9
62 W March 1, 1980 4–3 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 23–30–9
63 L March 2, 1980 3–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 23–31–9
64 L March 5, 1980 3–5 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 23–32–9
65 T March 8, 1980 2–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 23–32–10
66 W March 9, 1980 6–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 24–32–10
67 T March 12, 1980 4–4 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 24–32–11
68 L March 13, 1980 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 24–33–11
69 L March 15, 1980 2–5 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 24–34–11
70 L March 16, 1980 2–6 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 24–35–11
71 L March 19, 1980 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 24–36–11
72 W March 21, 1980 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1979–80) 25–36–11
73 L March 22, 1980 1–5 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 25–37–11
74 L March 26, 1980 2–5 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 25–38–11
75 L March 27, 1980 1–10 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 25–39–11
76 W March 29, 1980 9–7 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 26–39–11
77 L March 31, 1980 5–7 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 26–40–11
78 L April 2, 1980 2–7 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 26–41–11
79 L April 5, 1980 1–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 26–42–11
80 L April 6, 1980 3–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 26–43–11

As a result, the Red Wings were forced on a four-game road trip from December 16 to 26.

Playoffs[edit]

The Red Wings failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Dale McCourt C 80 30 51 81 12 1 7 2 3
Vaclav Nedomansky RW 79 35 39 74 13 -5 11 0 5
Mike Foligno RW 80 36 35 71 109 -2 9 0 0
Reed Larson D 80 22 44 66 101 -7 7 0 2
Pete Mahovlich C 80 16 50 66 69 3 3 0 1
Dan Labraaten LW 76 30 27 57 8 5 6 0 5
Errol Thompson LW 77 34 14 48 22 -10 8 2 3
Willie Huber D 76 17 23 40 164 -26 4 2 2
John Ogrodnick LW 41 8 24 32 8 -4 3 0 1
Paul Woods LW 79 6 20 26 24 -19 0 0 0
Jim Korn D/LW 63 5 13 18 108 -4 1 0 1
Barry Long D 80 0 17 17 38 -28 0 0 0
Bill Hogaboam C 42 3 12 15 10 -8 0 0 1
Greg Joly D 59 3 10 13 45 -2 0 0 0
George Lyle LW 27 7 4 11 2 -2 0 0 2
Dan Bolduc LW 44 6 5 11 19 -14 2 0 0
Dennis Sobchuk C 33 4 6 10 0 -11 0 0 0
Dennis Polonich C/RW 66 2 8 10 127 -15 0 0 0
Thommie Bergman D 28 1 5 6 45 4 0 0 0
Jean Hamel D 49 1 4 5 43 -2 0 0 0
Glenn Hicks LW 50 1 2 3 43 -21 0 0 0
Brent Peterson C 18 1 2 3 2 -1 0 0 0
Perry Miller D 16 0 3 3 41 -4 0 0 0
Rogie Vachon G 59 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Alex Pirus RW 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Rejean Cloutier D 3 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0
John Hilworth D 15 0 0 0 11 -2 0 0 0
Jim Rutherford G 23 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0
Kevin Schamehorn RW 2 0 0 0 4 -2 0 0 0
Rick Vasko D 8 0 0 0 2 -11 0 0 0
Tom Webster RW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Rogie Vachon 3474 59 20 30 8 209 3.61 4
Jim Rutherford 1326 23 6 13 3 92 4.16 1
Team: 4800 80 26 43 11 301 3.76 5

[2]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals;
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Detroit's draft picks at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 3 Mike Foligno  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
3 45 Jody Gage  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OMJHL)
3 46 Boris Fistric  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WHL)
4 66 John Ogrodnick  Canada New Westminster Bruins (WHL)
5 87 Joe Paterson  Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
6 108 Carmine Cirella  Canada Peterborough Petes (OMJHL)

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. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.
  2. ^ "1979-80 Detroit Red Wings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02.

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