1996–97 St. Louis Blues season

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1996–97 St. Louis Blues
Division 4th Central
Conference 6th Western
1996–97 record 36–35–11
Home record 17–20–4
Road record 19–15–7
Goals for 236
Goals against 239
Team information
General Manager Mike Keenan
Coach Mike Keenan
Joel Quenneville
Captain Vacant
Arena Kiel Center

The highlight of the 1996–97 St. Louis Blues season was, after losing Wayne Gretzky the Blues were in turmoil as an ugly public feud between Brett Hull and Coach Mike Keenan developed. This was the last season until early 2009, that a huge Blue note would appear at center ice

Offseason[edit]

After losing captain Wayne Gretzky to free-agency, the Blues were in turmoil as an ugly public feud between Brett Hull and Coach Mike Keenan developed, as the Blues got off to a slow start. On December 19 the Keenan era would come to a sudden end as he is fired as GM and Coach. Eventually he would be replaced by Joel Quenneville behind the bench as the Blues recovered and made the playoffs for the 18th straight season with a 36–35–11 record. However, once again the Blues would make a quick exit in the playoffs as they are beaten by the Detroit Red Wings in 6 games.[1]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Dallas Stars 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
2 3 Detroit Red Wings 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
3 5 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
4 6 St. Louis Blues 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
5 8 Chicago Blackhawks 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
6 11 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 230 273 68

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 49 24 9 277 205 107
2 Dallas Stars CEN 82 48 26 8 252 198 104
3 Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 38 26 18 253 197 94
4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 36 33 13 245 233 85
5 Phoenix Coyotes CEN 82 38 37 7 240 243 83
6 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 36 35 11 236 239 83
7 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 36 37 9 252 247 81
8 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 34 35 13 223 210 81
9 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 35 40 7 257 273 77
10 Calgary Flames PAC 82 32 41 9 214 239 73
11 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 30 44 8 230 273 68
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 28 43 11 214 268 67
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 27 47 8 211 278 62

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

The Blues lost 4 games to 2 to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.

1997 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Western Conference Quarter-Final vs. Detroit Red Wings (6)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Series
1 April 16 St. Louis 2 – 0 Detroit 1 – 0
2 April 18 St. Louis 1 – 2 Detroit 1 – 1
3 April 20 Detroit 3 – 2 St. Louis 1 – 2
4 April 22 Detroit 0 – 4 St. Louis 2 – 2
5 April 25 St. Louis 2 – 5 Detroit 2 – 3
6 April 27 Detroit 3 – 1 St. Louis 2 – 4

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 77 42 40 82 10 -9 12 2 6
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 69 25 49 74 12 4 5 0 7
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 82 17 40 57 86 3 4 0 2
Murphy, JoeJoe Murphy RW 75 20 25 45 69 -1 4 1 2
Campbell, JimJim Campbell RW 68 23 20 43 68 3 5 0 6
MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis D 72 13 30 43 65 2 6 1 1
Matteau, StephaneStephane Matteau LW 74 16 20 36 50 11 1 2 2
Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger D 79 11 24 35 143 15 4 0 0
York, HarryHarry York C 74 14 18 32 24 1 3 1 3
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 82 4 24 28 35 7 1 0 0
Petrovicky, RobertRobert Petrovicky C 44 7 12 19 10 2 0 0 1
Pellerin, ScottScott Pellerin LW 54 8 10 18 35 12 0 2 2
Conroy, CraigCraig Conroy C 61 6 11 17 43 0 0 0 1
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 35 4 9 13 12 6 0 0 1
Persson, RicardRicard Persson D 53 4 8 12 45 -2 1 0 0
MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C 50 2 5 7 33 -12 0 0 0
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 13 2 5 7 0 2 0 0 0
Rivers, JamieJamie Rivers D 15 2 5 7 6 -4 1 0 0
Zabransky, LiborLibor Zabransky D 34 1 5 6 44 -1 0 0 1
Peluso, MikeMike Peluso LW 44 2 3 5 158 0 0 0 0
Momesso, SergioSergio Momesso LW 31 1 3 4 37 -4 0 0 0
Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin D 82 0 4 4 53 -9 0 0 0
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra LW 8 3 0 3 2 0 2 0 1
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 11 2 1 3 24 -4 1 0 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 17 2 1 3 24 -2 0 0 0
Shafranov, KonstantinKonstantin Shafranov RW 5 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 18 1 2 3 37 -5 0 0 0
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 64 1 2 3 121 -8 0 0 0
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 11 0 2 2 11 -4 0 0 0
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 73 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Yawney, TrentTrent Yawney D 39 0 2 2 17 2 0 0 0
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 2 1 0 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Leeman, GaryGary Leeman RW 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mayers, JamalJamal Mayers RW 6 0 1 1 2 -3 0 0 0
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Casey, JonJon Casey G 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fitzpatrick, RoryRory Fitzpatrick D 2 0 0 0 2 -2 0 0 0
McAlpine, ChrisChris McAlpine D 15 0 0 0 24 -2 0 0 0
Vasilevski, AlexanderAlexander Vasilevski RW 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 4261 73 33 27 11 193 2.72 3 1940 1747 .901
Casey, JonJon Casey 707 15 3 8 0 40 3.39 0 299 259 .866
Team: 4968 82 36 35 11 233 2.81 3 2239 2006 .896

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 6 2 7 9 2 4 0 0 0
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 6 3 1 4 23 0 1 0 2
Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra LW 6 1 3 4 6 3 0 0 0
MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis D 6 1 2 3 4 -1 1 0 0
Murphy, JoeJoe Murphy RW 6 1 1 2 10 -2 1 0 0
Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger D 6 1 1 2 22 0 0 0 0
Turgeon, PierrePierre Turgeon C 5 1 1 2 2 0 1 0 0
Bergevin, MarcMarc Bergevin D 6 1 0 1 8 2 0 0 0
Campbell, JimJim Campbell RW 4 1 0 1 6 -1 1 0 0
McAlpine, ChrisChris McAlpine D 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Conroy, CraigCraig Conroy C 6 0 0 0 8 -1 0 0 0
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 2 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 6 0 0 0 33 -2 0 0 0
MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C 1 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Matteau, StephaneStephane Matteau LW 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Momesso, SergioSergio Momesso LW 3 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Pellerin, ScottScott Pellerin LW 6 0 0 0 6 -1 0 0 0
Peluso, MikeMike Peluso LW 5 0 0 0 25 -1 0 0 0
Persson, RicardRicard Persson D 6 0 0 0 27 -1 0 0 0
Petrovicky, RobertRobert Petrovicky C 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
York, HarryHarry York C 5 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 357 6 2 4 13 2.18 2 183 170 .929
Team: 357 6 2 4 13 2.18 2 183 170 .929

[3]

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;

Roster[edit]

Center

Right Wing

Left Wing

Defense

Goalie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]