1997–98 New Jersey Devils season

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1997–98 New Jersey Devils
Atlantic Division champions
Division 1st Atlantic
Conference 1st Eastern
1997–98 record 48–23–11
Home record 29–10–2
Road record 19–13–9
Goals for 225
Goals against 166
Team information
General Manager Lou Lamoriello
Coach Jacques Lemaire
Captain Scott Stevens
Alternate captains Doug Gilmour
Scott Niedermeyer
Arena Continental Airlines Arena
Team leaders
Goals Bobby Holik (29)
Assists Scott Niedermeyer (43)
Points Bobby Holik (65)
Penalties in minutes Krzysztof Oliwa (295)
Plus/minus Randy McKay (+30)
Wins Martin Brodeur (43)
Goals against average Martin Brodeur (1.89)

The 1997–98 New Jersey Devils season was the team's 16th in the National Hockey League (NHL) since the franchise relocated to New Jersey. The Devils won the Atlantic Division title, but were eliminated in the first round of the 1998 Stanley Cup playoffs by the Ottawa Senators.

Regular season[edit]

The Devils once again led the NHL in defense, allowing a League-low 166 goals in the 82-game regular season. Although the Devils had the fewest power play opportunities in the League, with just 333, they finished second in power play percentage, with 18.92% (63 for 333).[1]

Final standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
3 Washington Capitals 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
4 New York Islanders 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
5 New York Rangers 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
6 Florida Panthers 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
7 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 17 55 10 151 269 44
Eastern Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 New Jersey Devils ATL 82 48 23 11 225 166 107
2 Pittsburgh Penguins NE 82 40 24 18 228 188 98
3 Philadelphia Flyers ATL 82 42 29 11 242 193 95
4 Washington Capitals ATL 82 40 30 12 219 202 92
5 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 221 194 91
6 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 36 29 17 211 187 89
7 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 37 32 13 235 208 87
8 Ottawa Senators NE 82 34 33 15 193 200 83
9 Carolina Hurricanes NE 82 33 41 8 200 219 74
10 New York Islanders ATL 82 30 41 11 212 225 71
11 New York Rangers ATL 82 25 39 18 197 231 68
12 Florida Panthers ATL 82 24 43 15 203 256 63
13 Tampa Bay Lightning ATL 82 17 55 10 151 269 44

Divisions: ATL – Atlantic, NE – Northeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

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

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) New Jersey Devils vs. (8) Ottawa Senators[edit]

The first two games were played at the Meadowlands. In Game 1, Ottawa won 2–1 in overtime, but in Game 2, the Devils were victorious by a score of 3–1. Games 3 and 4 were played in Ottawa. The Senators won Game 3, 2–1, in overtime and Game 4, 4–3. Game 5 was back in New Jersey, where the Devils won 3–1. Game 6 went back to Ottawa, where the Senators won 3–1 and the series 4–2.


Media[edit]

This was the first season of television broadcast coverage on Fox Sports Net New York.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Holik, BobbyBobby Holik C 82 29 36 65 100 23 8 0 8
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 81 14 43 57 27 5 11 0 1
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 63 13 40 53 68 10 3 0 5
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 74 24 24 48 86 30 8 0 5
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk LW 75 14 34 48 26 19 4 0 2
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 74 18 19 37 28 18 5 0 6
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW 58 16 20 36 22 0 3 1 4
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 76 16 14 30 16 7 0 2 1
Pederson, DenisDenis Pederson C/RW 80 15 13 28 97 -6 7 0 1
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 80 4 22 26 80 19 1 0 1
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 55 14 10 24 32 4 3 0 4
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 79 4 19 23 171 11 1 0 0
Carpenter, BobBob Carpenter C 66 9 9 18 22 -4 0 1 1
Arnott, JasonJason Arnott C 35 5 10 15 21 -8 3 0 2
MacLean, JohnJohn MacLean RW 26 3 8 11 14 -6 1 0 1
Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D 49 5 5 10 25 -1 3 0 0
Guerin, BillBill Guerin RW 19 5 5 10 13 0 1 0 2
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 60 3 7 10 85 18 0 0 1
Zelepukin, ValeriValeri Zelepukin LW 35 2 8 10 32 0 0 0 0
Morrison, BrendanBrendan Morrison C 11 5 4 9 0 3 0 0 1
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 50 1 8 9 12 12 1 0 0
Bombardir, BradBrad Bombardir D 43 1 5 6 8 11 0 0 0
Brylin, SergeiSergei Brylin LW 18 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 0
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa LW 73 2 3 5 295 3 0 0 2
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 23 1 3 4 4 -4 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 70 0 3 3 10 0 0 0 0
Daniels, ScottScott Daniels LW 26 0 3 3 102 1 0 0 0
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 5 0 3 3 0 2 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 37 0 1 1 57 3 0 0 0
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham G 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kroupa, VlastimilVlastimil Kroupa D 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Lakovic, SashaSasha Lakovic RW 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0
Shulmistra, RichardRichard Shulmistra G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sidorkiewicz, PeterPeter Sidorkiewicz G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Simpson, ReidReid Simpson LW 6 0 0 0 16 -2 0 0 0
Sutton, KenKen Sutton D 13 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 4128 70 43 17 8 130 1.89 10 1569 1439 .917
Dunham, MikeMike Dunham 773 15 5 5 3 29 2.25 1 332 303 .913
Shulmistra, RichardRichard Shulmistra 62 1 0 1 0 2 1.94 0 30 28 .933
Sidorkiewicz, PeterPeter Sidorkiewicz 20 1 0 0 0 1 3.00 0 8 7 .875
Team: 4983 82 48 23 11 162 1.95 11 1939 1777 .916

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Gilmour, DougDoug Gilmour C 6 5 2 7 4 1 0 1
Thomas, SteveSteve Thomas LW 6 0 3 3 2 0 0 0
Odelein, LyleLyle Odelein D 6 1 1 2 21 1 0 1
Pederson, DenisDenis Pederson C/RW 6 1 1 2 2 0 1 0
Arnott, JasonJason Arnott C 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Niedermayer, ScottScott Niedermayer D 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 0
Pandolfo, JayJay Pandolfo LW 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Andreychuk, DaveDave Andreychuk LW 6 1 0 1 4 1 0 0
Carpenter, BobBob Carpenter C 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Dean, KevinKevin Dean D 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
Rolston, BrianBrian Rolston C/RW 6 1 0 1 2 0 1 0
Stevens, ScottScott Stevens D 6 1 0 1 8 0 0 0
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur G 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Daneyko, KenKen Daneyko D 6 0 1 1 10 0 0 0
Elias, PatrikPatrik Elias LW 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
McKay, RandyRandy McKay RW 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Morrison, BrendanBrendan Morrison C 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Souray, SheldonSheldon Souray D 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Bodger, DougDoug Bodger D 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniels, ScottScott Daniels LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Holik, BobbyBobby Holik C 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 0
Oliwa, KrzysztofKrzysztof Oliwa LW 6 0 0 0 23 0 0 0
Sykora, PetrPetr Sykora RW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Brodeur, MartinMartin Brodeur 366 6 2 4 12 1.97 0 164 152 .927
Team: 366 6 2 4 12 1.97 0 164 152 .927

[3]

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; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Team's picks at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Civic Arena.

Rd # Pick # Player Nat Pos Team (league) Notes
1 24 Jean-François Damphousse  Canada G Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
2 38 Stanislav Gron  Slovakia LW Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) [4]
3 78 No third-round pick[5]
4 104 Lucas Nehrling  Canada D Sarnia Sting (OHL)
5 131 Jiri Bicek  Slovakia LW HC Košice (Slovakia)
6 159 Sascha Goc  Germany D Schwenninger Wild Wings (Germany)
7 188 Mathieu Benoit  Canada RW Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
8 215 Scott Clemmensen  United States G Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
9 241 Jan Sorinko  Czech Republic D ? (Czech Republic)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1998.html
  2. ^ "1997–1998 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1997-98 New Jersey Devils Statistics – Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  4. ^ The Devils acquired the 1997 second-round pick from Ottawa for the Devils' 1997 third-round pick (used on Jani Hurme) and the Senators' 1997 third-round pick (used on Josh Langfeld) on June 21, 1997. The Devils had originally received the pick from Ottawa in a trade for Tom Chorske on October 5, 1995. Gron's game with the Devils is the only NHL game in his career. The Devils traded their original 1997 second-round pick, along with Jim Dowd, to Hartford in a trade for Jocelyn Lemieux and a 1998 second-round pick (later transferred to Dallas and used on John Erskine) on December 19, 1995.
  5. ^ The Devils traded their 1997 third-round pick (later transferred to Colorado and used on Ville Nieminen) to St. Louis for Esa Tikkanen on November 1, 1995.