2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks season

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2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks
Division 3rd Central
Conference 10th Western
2007–08 record 40–34–8
Home record 23–16–2
Road record 17–18–6
Goals for 234
Goals against 231
Team information
General Manager Dale Tallon
Coach Denis Savard
Captain Vacant
Alternate captains Martin Lapointe (Oct–Feb)
Robert Lang (Oct, Feb–Apr)
Patrick Sharp (Oct, Feb–Apr)
Tuomo Ruutu (Nov)
Brent Sopel (Nov, Feb–Apr)
Brent Seabrook (Dec)
Jonathan Toews (Dec)
Adam Burish (Jan)
Duncan Keith (Jan)
Patrick Kane (Apr)
Arena United Center
Average attendance 16,814 (82%)
Total: 689,377
Team leaders
Goals Patrick Sharp (36)
Assists Patrick Kane (51)
Points Patrick Kane (72)
Penalties in minutes Adam Burish (214)
Plus/minus (+) Duncan Keith (+30)
(–) Adam Burish (−13)
Wins Nikolai Khabibulin (20)
Goals against average Nikolai Khabibulin (2.55)

The 2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks season began on October 4, 2007, against the Minnesota Wild. It is the Blackhawks' 82nd season in the National Hockey League. The 2007 season also marked the team's first winning season in six years.

Key dates prior to the start of the season:

Regular season[edit]

On Saturday, November 17, 2007, the Blackhawks scored three short-handed goals in a 5–3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.[1]

Divisional standings[edit]

Central Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 Nashville Predators 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
4 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
5 St. Louis Blues 82 33 36 13 205 237 79

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner


Schedule and results[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Chicago failed to qualify for the playoffs for the 5th consecutive season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Patrick Kane 76 21 51 72 50
Patrick Sharp 74 36 26 62 49
Robert Lang 71 21 33 54 44
Jonathan Toews 64 24 30 54 38
Dustin Byfuglien 63 19 17 36 55
Jason Williams 19 7 11 18 10
Andrew Ladd 57 14 16 30 31
Duncan Keith 76 12 20 32 44
Martin Havlat 37 10 17 27 22
Brent Seabrook 76 9 18 17 85

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP TOI W L GA SO SV% GAA
Nikolai Khabibulin 45 2,587 20 18 6 110 2 .910 2.55
Patrick Lalime 31 1,768 15 12 2 85 1 .894 2.88

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Patrick Kane
Magnus Johansson
1st NHL game October 4, 2007
Robert Lang 800th NHL game October 4, 2007
Patrick Kane
Magnus Johansson
1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
October 6, 2007
Jonathan Toews 1st NHL game
1st NHL goal
1st NHL point
October 10, 2007
Sergei Samsonov 600th NHL game October 12, 2007
Patrick Sharp 200th NHL game October 12, 2007
Jonathan Toews 1st NHL assist October 12, 2007
Patrick Kane 1st NHL goal October 19, 2007
Dave Bolland 1st NHL assist
1st NHL point
October 31, 2007
Jim Vandermeer 200th NHL game October 31, 2007

Transactions[edit]

The Blackhawks have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 16, 2007
To Montreal Canadiens
Jassen Cullimore
Tony Salmelainen
To Chicago Blackhawks
Sergei Samsonov
June 22, 2007
To Calgary Flames
Adrian Aucoin
Seventh-round pick in 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Andrei Zyuzin
Steve Marr
August 11, 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Kevyn Adams
To Phoenix Coyotes
Radim Vrbata
October 11, 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Conditional seventh-round pick in 2008
To New York Rangers
P. A. Parenteau
December 18, 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Ben Eager
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jim Vandermeer
January 17, 2007
To Chicago Blackhawks
Craig Adams
To Carolina Hurricanes
Conditional draft pick in 2009.
February 26, 2008
To Chicago Blackhawks
Sixth-round pick in 2008
To Ottawa Senators
Martin Lapointe
February 26, 2008
To Chicago Blackhawks
Andrew Ladd
To Carolina Hurricanes
Tuomo Ruutu

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Yanic Perreault Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $1.5 million
Robert Lang Detroit Red Wings 2 years, $8 million
Wade Flaherty Vancouver Canucks
Player New team
Jeff Hamilton Carolina Hurricanes
Craig MacDonald Tampa Bay Lightning
Michal Handzus Los Angeles Kings

Draft picks[edit]

Chicago's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[2] The Blackhawks had the first overall pick in the draft.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 1 Patrick Kane Right Wing  United States London Knights (OHL)
2 38 Bill Sweatt Left Wing  United States Colorado College (WCHA)
2 56 Akim Aliu Centre  Nigeria Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
3 69 Maxime Tanguay Centre  Canada Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
3 86 Josh Unice Goaltender  United States Kitchener Rangers OHL
5 126 Joe Lavin Defence  United States USA U-18 USDP
6 156 Richard Greenop  Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Rockford IceHogs[edit]

The Rockford IceHogs, who will be moving up from the United Hockey League, are the new American Hockey League affiliate of the Blackhawks in 2007–08.

Toledo Walleye[edit]

The Toledo Walleye are the Blackhawks affiliate in the ECHL.

See also[edit]

References[edit]