1996–97 New York Islanders season

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1996–97 New York Islanders
Division 7th Atlantic
1996–97 record 29–41–12
Goals for 240
Goals against 250
Team information
General Manager Mike Milbury
Coach Mike Milbury (interim)
Rick Bowness
Captain Vacant

The 1996-97 New York Islanders season was the 25th in the franchise's history. It saw the withdrawal of the "Fisherman" logo from 1995 at the start of the season and the return of the original logo.

Offseason[edit]

Captain Patrick Flatley leaves Long Island, signing with the rival New York Rangers. The team doesn't name a new captain, until the 1997-98 season.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 New Jersey Devils 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
2 3 Philadelphia Flyers 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
3 4 Florida Panthers 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
4 5 New York Rangers 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
5 9 Washington Capitals 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
6 11 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
7 12 New York Islanders 82 29 41 12 240 250 70
Eastern Conference[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 45 23 14 231 182 104
2 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 40 30 12 237 208 92
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 45 24 13 274 217 103
4 Florida Panthers ATL 82 35 28 19 221 201 89
5 New York Rangers ATL 82 38 34 10 258 231 86
6 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 38 36 8 285 280 84
7 Ottawa Senators NE 82 31 36 15 226 234 77
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 31 36 15 249 276 77
9 Washington Capitals ATL 82 33 40 9 214 231 75
10 Hartford Whalers NE 82 32 39 11 226 256 75
11 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 32 40 10 217 247 74
12 New York Islanders ATL 82 29 41 12 240 250 70
13 Boston Bruins NE 82 26 47 9 234 300 61

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 4, 1996 1-0 @ Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 0–1–0
2 T October 5, 1996 2–2 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 0–1–1
3 T October 9, 1996 3–3 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 0–1–2
4 W October 12, 1996 5–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 1–1–2
5 L October 17, 1996 1–3 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 1–2–2
6 L October 19, 1996 2–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 1–3–2
7 L October 22, 1996 3–6 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 1–4–2
8 T October 26, 1996 2–2 OT San Jose Sharks (1996–97) 1–4–3
9 T October 30, 1996 2–2 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 1–4–4
10 L October 31, 1996 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 1–5–4
11 W November 2, 1996 6–1 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 2–5–4
12 W November 4, 1996 4–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 3–5–4
13 T November 6, 1996 1–1 OT New York Rangers (1996–97) 3–5–5
14 L November 9, 1996 0–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 3–6–5
15 L November 11, 1996 2–6 Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 3–7–5
16 W November 13, 1996 5–4 OT Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 4–7–5
17 T November 15, 1996 3–3 OT @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 4–7–6
18 L November 16, 1996 1–4 Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 4–8–6
19 T November 20, 1996 2–2 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 4–8–7
20 L November 22, 1996 2–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1996–97) 4–9–7
21 T November 23, 1996 3–3 OT @ Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 4–9–8
22 W November 27, 1996 4–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 5–9–8
23 W November 29, 1996 2–0 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 6–9–8
24 L November 30, 1996 2–3 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 6–10–8
25 W December 3, 1996 3–1 Calgary Flames (1996–97) 7–10–8
26 L December 5, 1996 2–4 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 7–11–8
27 W December 7, 1996 2–0 Washington Capitals (1996–97) 8–11–8
28 W December 10, 1996 8–2 Phoenix Coyotes (1996–97) 9–11–8
29 W December 11, 1996 5–3 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 10–11–8
30 L December 14, 1996 1–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 10–12–8
31 W December 17, 1996 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1996–97) 11–12–8
32 L December 19, 1996 0–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 11–13–8
33 L December 21, 1996 2–3 Dallas Stars (1996–97) 11–14–8
34 L December 23, 1996 3–4 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 11–15–8
35 W December 26, 1996 4–1 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 12–15–8
36 L December 28, 1996 1–7 Detroit Red Wings (1996–97) 12–16–8
37 L December 30, 1996 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1996–97) 12–17–8
38 L January 2, 1997 3–4 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 12–18–8
39 L January 4, 1997 1–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 12–19–8
40 L January 7, 1997 3–5 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 12–20–8
41 L January 10, 1997 2–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 12–21–8
42 T January 11, 1997 4–4 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 12–21–9
43 W January 13, 1997 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1996–97) 13–21–9
44 L January 15, 1997 1–2 Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 13–22–9
45 L January 20, 1997 4–6 St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 13–23–9
46 W January 22, 1997 8–1 Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 14–23–9
47 W January 24, 1997 5–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 15–23–9
48 W January 25, 1997 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 16–23–9
49 L January 28, 1997 3–4 @ Calgary Flames (1996–97) 16–24–9
50 L January 30, 1997 1–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1996–97) 16–25–9
51 L January 31, 1997 0–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1996–97) 16–26–9
52 W February 4, 1997 4–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–97) 17–26–9
53 L February 5, 1997 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 17–27–9
54 L February 8, 1997 2–5 New York Rangers (1996–97) 17–28–9
55 T February 11, 1997 5–5 OT Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 17–28–10
56 W February 12, 1997 5–1 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 18–28–10
57 W February 15, 1997 1–0 OT Florida Panthers (1996–97) 19–28–10
58 L February 17, 1997 1–4 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 19–29–10
59 L February 21, 1997 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 19–30–10
60 W February 23, 1997 4–1 Pittsburgh Penguins (1996–97) 20–30–10
61 L February 26, 1997 3–5 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 20–31–10
62 L February 28, 1997 1–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1996–97) 20–32–10
63 W March 2, 1997 2–0 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 21–32–10
64 L March 4, 1997 3–6 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 21–33–10
65 W March 6, 1997 5–2 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 22–33–10
66 W March 8, 1997 5–1 New Jersey Devils (1996–97) 23–33–10
67 L March 11, 1997 2–3 @ Florida Panthers (1996–97) 23–34–10
68 W March 13, 1997 3–0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 24–34–10
69 L March 15, 1997 2–5 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 24–35–10
70 L March 16, 1997 4–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1996–97) 24–36–10
71 W March 19, 1997 7–4 Florida Panthers (1996–97) 25–36–10
72 T March 22, 1997 3–3 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1996–97) 25–36–11
73 W March 26, 1997 3–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1996–97) 26–36–11
74 W March 27, 1997 6–3 @ Boston Bruins (1996–97) 27–36–11
75 W March 29, 1997 8–2 Boston Bruins (1996–97) 28–36–11
76 L April 2, 1997 4–5 @ Dallas Stars (1996–97) 28–37–11
77 T April 3, 1997 5–5 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1996–97) 28–37–12
78 L April 5, 1997 2–3 Tampa Bay Lightning (1996–97) 28–38–12
79 L April 7, 1997 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 28–39–12
80 L April 9, 1997 1–3 Montreal Canadiens (1996–97) 28–40–12
81 W April 11, 1997 6–4 Hartford Whalers (1996–97) 29–40–12
82 L April 12, 1997 2–6 @ Washington Capitals (1996–97) 29–41–12

Playoffs[edit]

For the third consecutive year, the Islanders failed to make the playoffs.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Palffy, ZiggyZiggy Palffy RW 80 48 42 90 43 21 6 4 6
Green, TravisTravis Green C 79 23 41 64 38 -5 10 0 3
Smolinski, BryanBryan Smolinski C 64 28 28 56 25 9 9 0 1
King, DerekDerek King LW 70 23 30 53 20 -6 5 0 3
Berard, BryanBryan Berard D 82 8 40 48 86 1 3 0 1
Andersson, NiklasNiklas Andersson LW 74 12 31 43 57 4 1 1 1
McInnis, MartyMarty McInnis RW 70 20 22 42 20 -7 4 1 4
McCabe, BryanBryan McCabe D 82 8 20 28 165 -2 2 1 2
Bertuzzi, ToddTodd Bertuzzi RW 64 10 13 23 68 -3 3 0 1
Jonsson, KennyKenny Jonsson D 81 3 18 21 24 10 1 0 0
Reichel, RobertRobert Reichel C 12 5 14 19 4 7 0 1 0
Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe LW/C 73 13 5 18 49 -12 0 3 3
Lachance, ScottScott Lachance D 81 3 11 14 47 -7 1 0 0
Armstrong, DerekDerek Armstrong C 50 6 7 13 33 -8 0 0 2
Plante, DanDan Plante RW 67 4 9 13 75 -6 0 2 0
Wood, RandyRandy Wood LW/C 65 6 5 11 61 -7 0 1 2
Hughes, BrentBrent Hughes LW 51 7 3 10 57 -4 0 0 0
Houda, DougDoug Houda D 70 2 8 10 99 1 0 0 0
Kruse, PaulPaul Kruse LW 48 4 2 6 111 -5 0 0 0
Pilon, RichRich Pilon D 52 1 4 5 179 4 0 0 0
Webb, SteveSteve Webb RW 41 1 4 5 144 -10 1 0 0
Kasparaitis, DariusDarius Kasparaitis D 18 0 5 5 16 -7 0 0 0
Johansson, AndreasAndreas Johansson C 15 2 2 4 0 -6 1 0 0
Vaske, DennisDennis Vaske D 17 0 4 4 12 3 0 0 0
McLlwain, DaveDave McLlwain C/RW 4 1 1 2 0 -2 1 0 0
Belanger, KenKen Belanger LW 18 0 2 2 102 -1 0 0 0
Holland, JasonJason Holland D 4 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Vukota, MickMick Vukota RW 17 1 0 1 71 -2 0 0 0
Salo, TommyTommy Salo G 58 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Archibald, DaveDave Archibald C/LW 7 0 0 0 4 -4 0 0 0
Deuling, JarrettJarrett Deuling LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Donnelly, MikeMike Donnelly LW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Dowd, JimJim Dowd C 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Fichaud, EricEric Fichaud G 34 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Foster, CoreyCorey Foster D 7 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taylor, ChrisChris Taylor C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vachon, NickNick Vachon C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Vasilyev, AndreiAndrei Vasilyev LW 3 0 0 0 2 -3 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Salo, TommyTommy Salo 3208 58 20 27 8 151 2.82 5 1576 1425 .904
Fichaud, EricEric Fichaud 1759 34 9 14 4 91 3.10 0 897 806 .899
Soderstrom, TommyTommy Soderstrom 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
Team: 4968 82 29 41 12 242 2.92 5 2473 2231 .902

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Note: Pos = Position; 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; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]