1997–98 Colorado Avalanche season

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1997–98 Colorado Avalanche
Pacific Division champions
Division 1st Pacific
Conference 2nd Western
1997–98 record 39–26–17
Goals for 231
Goals against 205
Team information
General Manager Pierre Lacroix
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Joe Sakic
Alternate captains Claude Lemieux
Arena McNichols Sports Arena
Team leaders
Goals Joe Sakic (27)
Assists Peter Forsberg (66)
Points Peter Forsberg (91)
Penalties in minutes Jeff Odgers (213)
Wins Patrick Roy (31)
Goals against average Craig Billington (2.32)

The 1997–98 Colorado Avalanche season was the Avalanche's third season.

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Colorado Avalanche 82 39 26 17 231 205 95
2 Los Angeles Kings 82 38 33 11 227 225 87
3 Edmonton Oilers 82 35 37 10 215 224 80
4 San Jose Sharks 82 34 38 10 210 216 78
5 Calgary Flames 82 26 41 15 217 252 67
6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 26 43 13 205 261 65
7 Vancouver Canucks 82 25 43 14 224 273 64

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[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Dallas Stars CEN 82 49 22 11 242 167 109
2 x – Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 39 26 17 231 205 95
3 Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 44 23 15 250 196 103
4 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 45 29 8 256 204 98
5 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 38 33 11 227 225 87
6 Phoenix Coyotes CEN 82 35 35 12 224 227 82
7 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 35 37 10 215 224 80
8 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 34 38 10 210 216 78
9 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 30 39 13 192 199 73
10 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 30 43 9 194 237 69
11 Calgary Flames PAC 82 26 41 15 217 252 67
12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 26 43 13 205 261 65
13 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 25 43 14 224 273 64

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

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


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 T October 1, 1997 2–2 OT Dallas Stars (1997–98) 0–0–1
2 W October 3, 1997 4–1 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 1–0–1
3 W October 5, 1997 3–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 2–0–1
4 W October 7, 1997 3–2 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 3–0–1
5 W October 9, 1997 3–2 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 4–0–1
6 T October 11, 1997 3–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 4–0–2
7 W October 15, 1997 6–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 5–0–2
8 L October 17, 1997 5–6 OT @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 5–1–2
9 T October 19, 1997 4–4 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 5–1–3
10 W October 22, 1997 4–3 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 6–1–3
11 T October 24, 1997 3–3 OT Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 6–1–4
12 L October 25, 1997 1–3 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 6–2–4
13 W October 28, 1997 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 7–2–4
14 T October 30, 1997 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 7–2–5
15 T November 1, 1997 3–3 OT Calgary Flames (1997–98) 7–2–6
16 L November 5, 1997 2–4 New York Rangers (1997–98) 7–3–6
17 W November 8, 1997 4–1 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 8–3–6
18 W November 11, 1997 2–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–3–6
19 W November 13, 1997 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 10–3–6
20 L November 14, 1997 1–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 10–4–6
21 L November 16, 1997 1–4 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 10–5–6
22 T November 18, 1997 6–6 OT @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 10–5–7
23 W November 21, 1997 3–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 11–5–7
24 L November 23, 1997 1–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 11–6–7
25 T November 26, 1997 3–3 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 11–6–8
26 W November 28, 1997 3–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 12–6–8
27 W November 29, 1997 3–2 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 13–6–8
28 W December 2, 1997 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 14–6–8
29 W December 4, 1997 2–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 15–6–8
30 W December 6, 1997 6–4 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 16–6–8
31 L December 8, 1997 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 16–7–8
32 T December 10, 1997 2–2 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 16–7–9
33 L December 12, 1997 1–3 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 16–8–9
34 W December 13, 1997 5–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 17–8–9
35 W December 15, 1997 3–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 18–8–9
36 T December 17, 1997 2–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 18–8–10
37 T December 19, 1997 3–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 18–8–11
38 W December 23, 1997 5–1 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 19–8–11
39 W December 27, 1997 5–1 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 20–8–11
40 T December 29, 1997 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 20–8–12
41 W December 31, 1997 3–1 New York Islanders (1997–98) 21–8–12
42 T January 2, 1998 2–2 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 21–8–13
43 W January 3, 1998 5–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 22–8–13
44 L January 6, 1998 1–3 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 22–9–13
45 T January 8, 1998 4–4 OT Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 22–9–14
46 T January 10, 1998 3–3 OT Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 22–9–15
47 W January 12, 1998 3–1 Florida Panthers (1997–98) 23–9–15
48 W January 14, 1998 2–0 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 24–9–15
49 T January 15, 1998 2–2 OT San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 24–9–16
50 L January 21, 1998 2–3 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 24–10–16
51 L January 22, 1998 3–4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 24–11–16
52 L January 24, 1998 2–3 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 24–12–16
53 W January 26, 1998 2–1 OT Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 25–12–16
54 W January 28, 1998 6–1 Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 26–12–16
55 L January 31, 1998 2–5 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 26–13–16
56 W February 2, 1998 2–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1997–98) 27–13–16
57 W February 5, 1998 4–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 28–13–16
58 W February 7, 1998 3–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 29–13–16
59 W February 25, 1998 4–2 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 30–13–16
60 W February 26, 1998 3–0 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 31–13–16
61 L February 28, 1998 0–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 31–14–16
62 L March 2, 1998 4–5 OT Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 31–15–16
63 W March 4, 1998 5–3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 32–15–16
64 L March 5, 1998 2–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 32–16–16
65 W March 7, 1998 4–2 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 33–16–16
66 L March 9, 1998 1–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 33–17–16
67 W March 11, 1998 3–2 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 34–17–16
68 L March 14, 1998 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 34–18–16
69 L March 15, 1998 3–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 34–19–16
70 W March 19, 1998 4–3 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 35–19–16
71 W March 21, 1998 2–0 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 36–19–16
72 L March 26, 1998 0–2 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 36–20–16
73 W March 28, 1998 5–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 37–20–16
74 L March 30, 1998 1–4 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 37–21–16
75 L April 1, 1998 0–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 37–22–16
76 L April 2, 1998 1–2 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 37–23–16
77 L April 4, 1998 1–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 37–24–16
78 L April 6, 1998 1–3 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 37–25–16
79 L April 11, 1998 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 37–26–16
80 T April 13, 1998 2–2 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 37–26–17
81 W April 16, 1998 4–1 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 38–26–17
82 W April 18, 1998 4–3 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 39–26–17

Playoffs[edit]

Western Conference Quarter-finals[edit]

Colorado vs. Edmonton
Date Away Home
April 22 Edmonton 3 2 Colorado
April 24 Edmonton 2 5 Colorado
April 26 Colorado 5 4 Edmonton OT
April 28 Colorado 3 1 Edmonton
April 30 Edmonton 3 1 Colorado
May 2 Colorado 0 2 Edmonton
May 4 Edmonton 4 0 Colorado
Edmonton wins series 4–3

Roster[edit]

1997–98 Colorado Avalanche roster

Forwards

9 – Ricci 10 – Marha 10 – Rychel 11 – Jones 12 – Donovan 13 – Kamensky 14 – Fitzgerald 14 – Matte 15 – Sarault 16 – Odgers 17 – Kurri 18 – Deadmarsh 19 – Sakic 20 – Corbet 21 – Forsberg 22 – Lemieux 26 – Yelle 27 – Leroux 28 – Lacroix 40 – Larsen 

Defensemen

2 – Lefebvre 3 – Miller 4 – Krupp 5 – Gusarov 6 – Belak 7 – Trepanier 8 – Ozolinsh 24 – Klemm 29 – Messier 52 – Foote 

Goalies

1 – Billington 33 – Roy 

CoachMarc Crawford

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Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 72 25 66 91 94 6 7 3 7
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 75 26 40 66 60 -2 8 0 4
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 64 27 36 63 50 0 12 1 2
Lemieux, ClaudeClaude Lemieux RW 78 26 27 53 115 -7 11 1 1
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh D 66 13 38 51 65 -12 9 0 2
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 73 22 21 43 125 0 10 0 6
Lacroix, EricEric Lacroix LW 82 16 15 31 84 0 5 0 6
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 78 9 22 31 38 21 5 0 2
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 68 16 12 28 133 8 4 0 4
Yelle, StephaneStephane Yelle C 81 7 15 22 48 -10 0 1 0
Kurri, JariJari Kurri RW 70 5 17 22 12 6 2 0 0
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 77 3 14 17 124 -3 0 0 1
Messier, EricEric Messier LW 62 4 12 16 20 4 0 0 0
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 67 6 8 14 30 -3 0 0 0
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 72 4 10 14 42 9 0 1 1
Odgers, JeffJeff Odgers RW 68 5 8 13 213 5 0 0 0
Donovan, SheanShean Donovan RW 47 5 7 12 48 3 0 0 0
Jones, KeithKeith Jones RW 23 3 7 10 22 -4 1 0 2
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 81 0 10 10 48 2 0 0 0
Marha, JosefJosef Marha C 11 2 5 7 4 0 0 0 0
Miller, AaronAaron Miller D 55 2 2 4 51 0 0 0 0
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 6 0 4 4 2 0 0 0 0
Fitzgerald, TomTom Fitzgerald RW 11 2 1 3 22 0 0 1 0
Leroux, FrancoisFrancois Leroux D 50 1 2 3 140 -3 0 0 0
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 65 0 3 3 39 0 0 0 0
Belak, WadeWade Belak D 8 1 1 2 27 -3 0 0 1
Sarault, YvesYves Sarault LW 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Trepanier, PascalPascal Trepanier D 15 0 1 1 18 -2 0 0 0
Billington, CraigCraig Billington G 23 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Larsen, BradBrad Larsen LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matte, ChristianChristian Matte RW 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Rychel, WarrenWarren Rychel LW 8 0 0 0 23 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 3835 65 31 19 13 153 2.39 4 1825 1672 .916
Billington, CraigCraig Billington 1162 23 8 7 4 45 2.32 1 588 543 .923
Team: 4997 82 39 26 17 198 2.38 5 2413 2215 .918
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 7 6 5 11 12 3 2 0 0
Ozolinsh, SandisSandis Ozolinsh D 7 0 7 7 14 -3 0 0 0
Lemieux, ClaudeClaude Lemieux RW 7 3 3 6 8 2 1 0 1
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 7 2 3 5 18 1 1 0 0
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 6 2 3 5 6 0 0 1 2
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 7 2 0 2 4 -1 1 0 0
Yelle, StephaneStephane Yelle C 7 1 0 1 12 -3 0 0 0
Fitzgerald, TomTom Fitzgerald RW 7 0 1 1 20 -2 0 0 0
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 7 0 1 1 6 1 0 0 0
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 7 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy G 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Billington, CraigCraig Billington G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 7 0 0 0 23 -1 0 0 0
Jones, KeithKeith Jones RW 7 0 0 0 13 -1 0 0 0
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kurri, JariJari Kurri RW 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Lacroix, EricEric Lacroix LW 7 0 0 0 6 -2 0 0 0
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 7 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Miller, AaronAaron Miller D 7 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Odgers, JeffJeff Odgers RW 6 0 0 0 25 -1 0 0 0
Rychel, WarrenWarren Rychel LW 6 0 0 0 24 -2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Roy, PatrickPatrick Roy 430 7 3 4 18 2.51 0 191 173 .906
Billington, CraigCraig Billington 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0
Team: 431 7 3 4 18 2.51 0 191 173 .906

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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]

Team trophies[edit]

Player awards and trophies[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Other transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General[edit]